Friday, February 15, 2008

HOLY SHI?!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! - BADWATER 135 HERE I COME!

As you may be aware from prior posts, I submitted my name to the selection committee for the Badwater Ultramarathon (135 miles from the lowest point in North America to the portal leading to the highest point in the continental United States.....through the Death Valley desert). The application, website, etc. were all very clear that the odds of being selected are very low. See here: Badwater Qualifying

I figured my chances of being selected equaled approximately ZERO. Last night I received the following:

Hello Alan:

Congratulations! You have been accepted to compete in the 2008 Badwater Ultramarathon. You are part of a select group who will participate in what is recognized across the globe as “the world’s toughest footrace.” In the near future, we will include your name and biographical information on the online roster. When we do, please check it for errors.

Here are the steps you need to take now:

1) Please let us know immediately if you will be UNABLE to race in July.


3) Make your hotel reservations immediately in Death Valley and Lone Pine. All of the hotel info is on the website at Be sure to mention “Badwater” or whatever other code is mentioned on the webpage when calling the hotels. Do this NOW as the hotels sell out quickly.

4) Start organizing your crew and vehicle. Have backup crewmembers ready, in case your intended crew can’t participate as planned. Make sure all your crewmembers study the website extensively, as well as the forthcoming Race Magazine. Be sure they know the rules and also how to take care of you, and themselves, in the heat! If you need more crew members, you might use our online “bulletin board” to find them:

5) If you haven’t already, please let us know which, if any, charity you will support with your Badwater efforts. We will list your charity information, and weblink, on the race roster next to your name. (This is true for any charity, not only for our Official Charity.)

6) Spread the word! Alert the media (newspapers, magazines, radio, television, Internet, running clubs, chamber of commerce, and more) in your area that you have been selected to compete in this prestigious race. Send them the press release from the race website at this link:

Keep the media posted about your training, preparation, and plans as the months progress between now and July, as well as after the race. Be sure to send us a copy, and/or weblinks, of any media coverage you receive!

7) Be sure you are subscribed to our e-mail newsletter. We also encourage your sponsors, friends, and crew to subscribe. Click to sign up. Remember that we are an Internet-based organization, so please stay tuned to our website and the newsletter for further information as the race gets closer.

Best of luck with your preparation and please let us know if there is anything further that we can do to help.

Congratulations again! We look forward to sharing the road with you in July.

Al Arnold, Jay Birmingham, Jeannie Ennis, Don Meyer, and Chris Kostman
(The 2008 Badwater Ultramarathon Application Review Committee)

More about the committee:

So, like my friend Eric Clifton, I will soon be Running on the Sun (well, actually, I'll be Walking on the Sun)! And, a special note to all my friends and Ultraholics conspirators: anyone interested in crewing?


Peter Lubbers said...

Congrats on getting in. I'll be in Europe at that time, so won't be able to come out, but will let you know if my plans change.
Now start runing in the local sauna!

Michael Kanning said...

Congratulations, dude! You are such a beast! We are all proud of you and I look forward to seeing you at AR.


P.S. I will see if crewing/pacing fits into my plans, though I would probably need a ride.

Chihping Fu 傅治平 (超馬阿爸) said...

Congrats on getting picked as top 90 endurance athletes in this event. Check Mission Impossible. Keep us updated on your organization plan.


winterskeeper said...

Congratulations, big brother!!

Alan said...


Thanks - have a great time running in Europe! (probably a little cooler than Badwater).


Thanks - this is very intimidating, but I have my focus on this. I have a few Ultraholics who have volunteered to crew. I think I'll send out an invite to host a organizational meeting. I will be sure to add your name.


I was lucky getting picked (still not sure why unless the selection committee has a good sense of humor and thought it would be fun to watch me suffer). Also, thanks for offering to crew and leave the day before you hav eto fly off to your first step in the Grand Slam 100's! Unbelievable support!


Thanks little sis. I think I'll see if Dad would like to join the support crew in his luxory trailer :) Th elast day of the race is my birthday....although I'd love to buckle it so I need to finish the day before.

Nattu said...

Congratulations Alan. I'll see you there but I'll be sipping cold ones sitting in the van rather than running.

anil said...

Goodluck Alan, you will have a blast in the furnace. enjoy the training ahead.