Badwater/Mt. Whitney 146 PDF Print E-mail

1) Due to recent circumstances my advisors and I have decided to eliminate the “135” crossings from our list and focus on the “146” crossings. The 135 crossings have been well documented by Chris Kostman, Race Director for the Badwater Ultramarathon at There is no sense (any longer) in duplicating his efforts. Also there has been some confusion in the concept of the two different distances. The new and revised list will cover the 146-mile crossings between Badwater and the top of Mt Whitney. The original concept was to connect the “lowest and the highest” however it is rare now for the “135 runners” to continue the extra 11-miles up and 11-miles down the mountain. Some names remain in the 146 list who might have gone to the top but have not turned in the documentation and time. I have also left in some “Honorable Mention” performances. This list is chronological for 146-mile crossings from 1977 to the present. Click here to view document.

2) Archive: Badwater Master List - This is the former list which has all of the crossings listed chronologically including the 135’s and 146’s for your reference. Click here to view list.

3) Archive: Badwater Master List - This list is a chronological list of all the runners who have done 135-mile and 146-mile crossings between Badwater and Whitney from 1977 through 2012 and will not be updated in the future. Click here to view list.

The Badwater-to-Whitney Rules

Excerpted from: Marshall Ulrich's My Most Unforgettable Ultramarathon (& What I Learned From It)

Most of the governing rules of what is referred to as "The Death Valley course" have been in place since the early 1970s when the course was first recognized. The rules were further codified by The California Ultrarunners Club in the early 1980s and defined in an appendix of the book (The Death Valley 300) covering the first-ever out-and-back crossing by Tom Crawford and Rich Benyo in 1989.

The rules are brief and to the point:

  1. The attempts must take place in the July-to-August "window" to officially count.
  2. It must be done beginning between 6:00 a.m. and 11:59 a.m. to count as an "a.m. start". Any other times are considered "p.m. starts".
  3. Crew vehicles are allowed as are IVs (with the exception of what was called the Hi-Tec Badwater race, which banned IVs from 1995 on).
  4. Runners are allowed to leave the course as long as they return to that exact spot when they return and continue from there, sacrificing all time spent off the course.

Additional Solo, Unaided, Self-Contained Rules

  1. No IVs.
  2. No aid of any kind from an outside source and/or person.
  3. No using any shelter other than nature’s shade (i.e., boulders, creosote bushes, trees, etc.).
  4. You must have everything from start to finish: food, clothing, equipment, and all necessary water. If a water source along the course is available, it cannot be used.
  5. Trailers or any other apparatus are allowed as long as that apparatus is pushed, pulled, or carried. No motorized trailers. The trailer or apparatus can be disposed of only at the Lone Pine Junction (the intersection of Whitney Portal Road and Hwy. 395) or the Whitney trailhead.
  6. With the exception of water, nothing can be disposed of along the way, not even trash.
  7. Medical emergencies must be dealt with and/or administered by the individual only. No help or supplies can be used from an outside source.
  8. Only a.m. starts are valid.
  9. No leaving the course is allowed; you must remain on the course at all times.

There must be at least one person monitoring to ensure compliance at all times.

As you can see, some of the rules have been further restricted as compared to a regular (non-solo) Badwater-to-Whitney run. This was done only to make the solo attempt as "clean" as possible. With these rules in place, the definition of "solo attempt" is indisputable.

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