A Few Degrees from Hell: The 2003 Badwater Ultramarathon

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iUniverse, 2010 - Death Valley Marathon - 324 pages
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The Badwater Ultramarathon is commonly referred to as 'the toughest footrace on the planet.'In 2003 defending champion Pam Reed, Dean Karnazes and 71 other runners took the ultimate challenge of running 135 miles in California from Badwater To The portals of Mount Whitney. Their journey would take them through the hostile environment of Death Valley...and subject them to temperatures ranking among the highest ever recorded on earth.Twenty-five runners tell of their adventures in arguably the absolute toughest of 'the toughest footrace on the planet'--the good, The bad and yes, The ugly--in this incredible and fascinating compilation. You are certain to gain a respect For The runners you will meet, and perhaps an even greater respect For The area known as Death Valley.The runners--who experienced heat exhaustion, dehydration, nausea, blisters, hallucinations and fatigue during the race--competed in temperatures literally 'a few degrees from hell.'

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About the author (2010)

1. I've been a runner for 32 years, with a background of 200+ marathons and/or ultramarathons. I competed in the 2003 edition of the Badwater Ultramarathon, The topic of the book. I hope to generate interest and excitement in the 'toughest footrace on the planet' (as the race is known).2. Finishing the 2003 Badwater Ultramarathon was the highlight of my running career. The entire experience was unforgettable, which is a shared sentiment by those runners fortunate enough to complete the 135 mile journey from Badwater to Mount Whitney. The book presents the stories of 25 of the runners who competed at Badwater in 2003, perhaps the toughest year in the history of the race (due To The incredibly high temperatures).3. I live in Peachtree City, Georgia. I am a University of Florida graduate, which is where I began my running career in 1978. I haven't missed a day of running since.

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