IMAGINE RUNNING NONSTOP146 MILES THROUGH DEATH VALLEY, CAONE OF THE HARSHESTMOST UNFORGIVINGPLACES ON THE PLANET, WHERE TEMPS. CAN REACH 129 F!How do you make a race harder than “The World’s Toughest Race”?-Take away the support crew
-Make it longer and harder
-Make the runner push a 250-pound cart filled
with water, food, and supplies.
Every July the top super athletes in the world come to compete in what National Geographic calls “The Toughest Foot Race in the World.” The Badwater ultramarathon pits veteran champion ultra distance runners in a 146-mile race from Badwater to the Mt. Whitney base portal. Each runner has a support crew that douses them with ice water periodically and manages the runner’s food and water intake.
This is even harder!
Imagine running 146 miles through Death Valley nonstop for 3 days pushing a 250 pound cart filled with water, food, and supplies with no support or assistance of any kind — you have to be completely self-supporting. And you have to go all the way from Badwater Basin at 282 feet below sea level (the lowest elevation in the North America) to the top of Mt. Whitney, the highest point in the contiguous United States!
The BADWATER SSC is so extreme that only 5 people have ever attempted it. Only 2 people have succeeded.
The world record is held by ultramarathon and adventure racing legend Marshal Ulrich. In 1999 he completed the BADWATER SSC on his second attempt. His time? 77:46. Yes, 77 hours and 46 minutes pulling and pushing a rickshaw like cart. Last year one of the world’s best female ultra runners Lisa Blis became the first female (and only other finisher) to complete the Badwater Solo Self-Contained Crossing in 89:36.
On August 19, 2012 Croix Sather will
challenge the 13 year-old record.
This crossing will take Croix to his absolute limits. As a motivational speaker and guru on personal transformation strategies, Croix understands that it will take as much mental stamina as physical endurance to succeed. This is especially true since Croix has never run more than 60 miles in one stretch, and never in heat approaching 130 degrees. This is so much more than man versus the harshest environment on Earth…it’s man versus himself.
The most extreme ultrarunning in the world
It’s man vs the harshest elements on earth
It’s man vs himself
Will he be able to do it? Most say no. But his closest friends say yes.
Croix says, “Success is the only option. This isn’t about breaking a record, it is about never giving up. It is about living life full-out and to live up to my potential.”
The Current record: 77 hours 46 minutes (Marshall Ulrich 1999)