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The Badwater 135 Ultramarathon will return to Death Valley National Park on July 28, 2015. The event, described by the event organizer as "the toughest foot race in the world" charts a course of 135 miles from the lowest place in North America to the base of Mt. Whitney, the highest peak in the lower 48 states. Approximately one hundred runners will test their training and hot weather endurance beginning at Badwater Basin at -282 feet below sea level, traversing Death Valley National Park along CA State Highways 190 and 136, continuing on to the trailhead of Mt. Whitney near Lone Pine, CA.
The event took a hiatus in 2014 while the National Park Service conducted a safety assessment for all sporting events held within the park. Death Valley NP hosts multiple events throughout the year, totaling more than 1000 participants, plus additional crew members. This year, permits for events include new safety guidelines to ensure safer conditions for all park visitors, employees, and participants.
Mike Reynolds, Superintendent of Death Valley NP, states "We are happy this iconic event has returned to Death Valley. We are looking forward to hosting these international athletes and ensuring a safer experience for all future events."
For more information about Death Valley NP, see www.nps.gov/deva.