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2017 Badwater 135 Application Process Underway

Badwater 135 Ultramarathon Buckle TM - 2014 - Run It Fast

Furnace Creek, CA – AdventureCORPS®, Inc., hosts of the Badwater 135 Ultramarathon, is currently accepting applications for this year’s race, scheduled for July 10-12, 2017, until February 9. Now in its 40th year and recognized globally as “the world’s toughest foot race,” this iconic race pits up to 100 of the world’s toughest athletes – runners, triathletes, adventure racers, and mountaineers – against one another and the elements.

The race starts at Badwater Basin within Death Valley National Park, the lowest point in North America at 280 feet (85m) below sea level, and the location officially recognized as the hottest spot on earth (hitting 134 degrees Fahrenheit in 1913). From that auspicious start line, the course covers 135 miles (217km) non-stop over the most epic terrain imaginable. including traversing three mountain ranges for a total of 14,600 feet (4450m) of cumulative vertical ascent and 6,100 feet (1859m) of cumulative descent. The race finishes at the end of the road high on Mt. Whitney, the tallest mountain in the Lower 48, making it the most demanding and extreme running race offered anywhere on the planet. For those who finish in less than 48 hours, their reward is the coveted Badwater 135 belt buckle. (See attached.) There is no prize money.

With a field limit of 100 runners, the Badwater 135 is, and always has been, an invitational race. Applicants must meet rigorous qualifying standards prior to submitting an application, which is then reviewed and scored by a committee. For rookie entrants, minimum requirements include three 100-mile race finishes or a completion of the Brazil 135, plus submitting an extensive application with running resumé, details of charitable efforts, along with answering a variety of questions ranging from “What percentage of your athletic peers would say that you are a good human being?” to “What is the meaning of life?” More information is here: http://www.badwater.com/event/badwater-135/#tab-entry The actual application is here: https://www.runreg.com/bw135

Based on past participation, it is anticipated that the 2017 field will include runners from 20 to 25 American states and represent 20 to 25 countries or nationalities. The 100 world-class athletes selected for the 2017 race will be announced via Facebook Live on February 9.

AdventureCORPS greatly appreciates the support of STYR Labs, Caring House Project Foundation, Farm To Feet Socks, Fisher Space Pen, ZZYXXZ, Nathan Performance Gear, and ZombieRunner.com, plus the local support of Furnace Creek Ranch, Stovepipe Wells Resort, Panamint Springs Resort, Dow Villa, Pizza Factory, the community of Lone Pine, CA, the people of Inyo County, and other generous companies and individuals. More info: http://www.badwater.com/about-us/sponsors/

Official Charities of the Badwater 135 include the Challenged Athletes Foundation. As one of the very few charities that provides grants directly to athletes with a physical disability, the Challenged Athletes Foundation has raised over seventy-six million dollars and directly assisted thousands of challenged athletes world-wide and in all 50 US states.

AdventureCORPS also supports the Bald Head Island Conservancy, Conservation Alliance, and One Percent For The Planet, among others. One of the goals of the Badwater 135 is to raise funds for, and awareness of, these organizations, along with minimizing and mitigating environmental impact. More info: http://www.badwater.com/about-us/charities/ and http://www.badwater.com/about-us/environment/

The event is held under special use permits from Death Valley National Park, California Department of Transportation, Inyo National Forest, and Inyo County.

Additional Badwater events this year include:

50km and 51-mile Badwater Cape Fear on March 18

NOTE: Nearly sold out!

Webpage: http://www.badwater.com/event/badwater-cape-fear/

Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/events/1582342162078045/

81-mile Badwater Salton Sea on April 30 – May 1

NOTE: Half sold out!

Webpage: http://www.badwater.com/event/badwater-salton-sea/

Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/events/512279092291970/

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2016 Extreme Racer Champ Karen Vollan

Karen Vollan Wins Run It Fast’s 2016 Extreme Racer (Final Results)

2016 Extreme Racer Champ Karen Vollan

Las Vegas native Karen Vollan is the winner of Run It Fast’s 2016 Extreme Racer. Karen (RIF #525) rocked the Extreme Racer racking up 3,496.7 points. She is the first female to win the Extreme Racer, and joins RIF legends John Leighton, Ed Ettinghausen, David Wingard, and Steve Hughes as winners of this grueling, year-long competition.

Karen completed 125 races in 2016 of marathon distance (26.2) or longer for a total of 3,496.7 points. Extreme Racer awards 1 point for each race mile. She averaged 27.97 miles per race. Impressive and unfathomable numbers for most of us. Congrats, Karen!

Last year’s Extreme Racer champion, RIF #190 John Leighton, finished strong again with a second place finish of 1,889.35 points. John is the most consistently impressive runner in Extreme Racer history. In addition to last year’s win, he has three runner-ups including this year, and a fourth place finish the very first year of the XR.

Third place Extreme Racer is RIF #279 George Southgate with 1,761.3 points. In his four years of competing in Extreme Racer he has a 3rd, 2nd, and two 5th place finishes.

Run It Fast Members (who participated in Extreme Racer) ran 25,156.19 miles total for the year!

Don’t forget to update your points for January at the end of the month! If you are a RIF member and have questions on participating in Extreme Racer then simply message us.

 Looking for races to enter? Be sure to check out the Run It Fast – Club Race Discounts in the Facebook group.

Top 3 Women for 2016: First Place, RIF #525 Karen Vollan - 3,496.7 points. Second Place, RIF #473 Teal Clark – 1071.55 points. Third Place, RIF #159 Diane Bolton – 1026.72 points.

Top 3 Men for 2016: First Place, RIF #190 John Kent Leighton – 1,889.35 points. Second Place, RIF #279 George Southgate – 1,761.3 points. Third Place, RIF #387 Steven Smith  – 1,335.7 points..

Extreme Racer Final 2016 Standings

Extreme Racer Top Ten Leaderboard

  1.       Karen Vollan – 3,496.7 points (RIF #525)
  2.       John Kent Leighton – 1,889.35 points (RIF #190)
  3.       George Southgate – 1,761.3 points (RIF #279)
  4.       Steven Smith – 1,335.7 points (RIF #387)
  5.       Mark McCaslin – 1,226.7 points (RIF #486)
  6.       Teal Clark – 1,071.55 points (RIF #473)
  7.       Mike Samuelson – 1,037.6 points (RIF #282)
  8.       Diane Bolton – 1,026.72 points (RIF #159)
  9.       Marylou Corino – 1,022.1 points (RIF #410)
  10.       Joshua Holmes – 914 points (RIF #1)

 

Extreme Racer Women’s Leaderboard

  1.       Karen Vollan – 3496.7 points (RIF #525)
  2.       Teal Clark – 1071.55 points (RIF #473)
  3.       Diane Bolton – 1026.72 points (RIF #159)
  4.       Marylou Corino – 1022.1 points (RIF #410)
  5.       Andrea Kooiman – 727.9 points (RIF #404)
  6.       Tiffani Glass – 570.82 points (RIF #328)
  7.       Kit Brazier – 530.58 points (RIF #548)
  8.       Patricia Klein – 497.8 points (RIF #450)
  9.       Robin Brunet – 496.23 points (RIF #564)
  10.   Maricris Beauchamp – 436.08 points (RIF #518)
  11.   Christy Bowers – 436.07 points (RIF #60)
  12.   Cheryl Bryll – 379.4 points (RIF #432)
  13.   Jill Williams – 255.8 points (RIF #521)
  14.   Marj Mitchell – 196.7 points (RIF #4)
  15.   Suzanne Michelson – 191.2 points (RIF #280)
  16.   Shannon Miller – 124.8 points (RIF #338)
  17.   Michelle Lenahan – 114.4 points (RIF #283)
  18.   Jennifer Liles-Dorris – 99.9 points (RIF #398)
  19.   Michelle Talbott – 99.7 points (RIF #527)
  20.   Erin Goetz – 92 points (RIF #443)
  21.   Candice Graciano – 77.9 points (RIF #545)
  22.   Lisa Gonzales – 51.7 points (RIF #5)
  23.   Daniela Obregon – 30 points (RIF #49)
  24.   Robin Crouch – 29.3 points (RIF #208)
  25.   Angie Whitworth Pace – 29.3 points (RIF #447)

 

Extreme Racer Men’s Leaderboard

  1. John Kent Leighton – 1889.35 points (RIF #190)
  2. George Southgate – 1761.3 points (RIF #279)
  3. Steven Smith – 1335.7 points (RIF #387)
  4. Mark McCaslin – 1226.7 points (RIF #486)
  5. Mike Samuelson – 1037.6 points (RIF #282)
  6. Joshua Holmes – 914 points (RIF #1)
  7. Shane Tucker – 769.7 points (RIF #337)
  8. Sal Coll – 711.55 points (RIF #425)
  9. Denis McCarthy – 508.17 points (RIF #263)
  10. Chuck Engle – 463.15 points (RIF #70)
  11. Jeff Liu – 423.8 points (RIF #275)
  12. Seth Crowe – 414.1 points (RIF #541)
  13. Michael Dasalla – 369.42 points (RIF #411)
  14. Scotty Winston – 276.4 points (RIF #364)
  15. Andy Noise – 245.2 points (RIF #570)
  16. Michael SK Mortensen – 204 points (RIF #553)
  17. David Mickelsen – 142.4 points (RIF #164)
  18. Shane Beck – 120.3 points (RIF #585)
  19. Rich Peers – 107.2 points (RIF #591)
  20. Karl Studtmann – 78.6 points (RIF #221)
  21. Stewart Crouch – 42.4 points (RIF #89)
  22. Arland Blanton – 26.2 points (RIF #290)


Past Extreme Racer Winners

2015 Extreme Racer Winner – John Leighton (Results)
2014 Extreme Racer Winner – Ed Ettinghausen (Results)
2013 Extreme Racer Winner – David Wingard (Results)
2012 Extreme Racer Winner – Steve Hughes (Results)

Believe that you can run farther or faster. Believe that you’re young enough, old enough, strong enough, and so on to accomplish everything you want to do. Don’t let worn-out beliefs stop you from moving beyond yourself.” -John Bingham, running speaker and writer

[Extreme Racer points are awarded per each racing mile completed. Example: marathon = 26.2 points, half marathon 13.1 points, etc.]

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