By Scott Ludwig
The Badwater Ultramarathon is often known as ?the hardest footrace at the planet.? In 2003, protecting champion Pam Reed, Dean Karnazes and seventy one different runners took the final word problem of working one hundred thirty five miles in California from Badwater to the portals of Mount Whitney. Their trip may take them in the course of the antagonistic surroundings of dying Valley and topic them to temperatures rating one of the maximum ever recorded in the world. Twenty-five runners inform in their adventures in arguably absolutely the hardest of ?the hardest footrace in the world? - the great, the undesirable and convinced, the grotesque - during this outstanding and interesting compilation. you're guaranteed to achieve a recognize for the runners you'll meet and maybe an excellent higher admire for the realm referred to as dying Valley. The runners - who skilled warmth exhaustion, dehydration, nausea, blisters, hallucinations, and fatigue throughout the race - competed in temperatures actually ?a few levels from hell.?
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One final point before my race report: When we were out there, our thermometers measured a peak temperature of 130 degrees, and that’s what I had been repeating as part of my story. A few years later, crewing for someone else, Race Director Chris Kostman and Ben “The Mayor of Badwater” Jones overheard me telling someone my race hit 130 degrees, and they both jumped up and exclaimed like it was important that I wasn’t taking enough credit – that in 2003 the temperature reached 133 degrees.
I don’t recall too much conversation – somewhat of a rarity for me, but perhaps because the heat was sapping a lot of energy. I noticed that Bill, my photographer friend, usually full of humor and conversation, was becoming quieter as well. I frequently thought about my crew in the heat, in and out of the car, catering to all my needs, and hoped they were doing OK and taking care of themselves. Bill wasn’t used to the heat, and little did I know at the time that he was headed towards heat exhaustion.
The pain was nearly unbearable. At several points throughout the race we were forced to stop and repair my feet. Lynn had taken the time to learn all she could about foot injuries and blister care from race veteran Denise Jones. Without Lynn’s help I would have never finished the race. The idea is to cut the blister open with a knife or razor blade. The opening has to be big enough so the skin can’t reconnect. Then she would squeeze out all of the hot bloody fluid, apply some antibacterial ointment, followed by a coat of adhesive, a very thin fabric bandage, more glue, and finally tape on top of everything.
A few degrees from hell: white hot tales from the Badwater Ultramarathon by Scott Ludwig