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February 1, 2014 |
For 27 straight summers, all that stood between runners and completion of the Badwater Ultramarathon was 135 miles of asphalt, a 13,000-foot elevation gain and late July temperatures that soared to 120 degrees and above. They called it "the toughest foot race in the world. " And not too many people argued. But this summer, the race from the depths of Death Valley to the shoulders of Mt. Whitney has been moved, while the National Park Service conducts a "safety assessment" of the run and other athletic events.
December 26, 2013 |
The Badwater 135 Ultramarathon race will go on - just not in Death Valley National Park, where it was scheduled for July 21-23. The park this week announced it was suspending spring and summer endurance events pending a safety review, which affected the Badwater event. The park will, however, accept applications for such events scheduled for Oct. 1 and beyond. "This is not about Badwater," park spokeswoman Cheryl Chipman said about the annual race that had begun at Badwater, Calif., the lowest point in the U.S., to the base of Mt. Whitney.
December 24, 2013 |
Death Valley National Park suspended permits for the iconic Badwater 135 Ultramarathon and other running and bicycling endurance events in the park until officials can complete a safety review, a statement on the park's website said Monday. AdventureCorps organizes the annual Badwater 135m which had been scheduled for July 21-23. Runners start in Badwater, the lowest point in the United States, and survive 135 rugged desert miles to climb to the base of Mt. Whitney at more than 8,000 feet in elevation.
September 5, 2013 |
September is a big month for supercar maker McLaren: not only is the company celebrating its 50th anniversary, but deliveries of its 903-horsepower P1 hypercar also kick off soon. To highlight this, and under the guise of “final durability testing,” McLaren brought a Carbon Black P1 right into our own backyard. On the track at Willow Springs Raceway in Rosamond, as well as throughout Death Valley, the British automaker “tested” the car with a full film crew tagging along. PHOTOS: McLaren P1 heads to Death Valley for testing The result are 10 gorgeous photos of the plug-in hybrid car, as well as a video in which you can hear just what makes the P1 so fast.
July 17, 2013 |
A vast swath of the United States is roasting under the latest heat wave of the summer. A scorching heat wave last month registered higher temperatures, but this one is hitting a larger area, with forecasters warning of potentially dangerous temperatures from the Dakotas to New England. Weather advisories were issued for parts of at least 19 states. As temperatures soared into the 90s across the country, authorities were urging residents to seek out air conditioning, cooling shelters or community pools.
July 11, 2013 |
Just because you didn't go to Death Valley National Park on Wednesday to celebrate the centennial of the World's Hottest Air Temperature doesn't mean you have to miss out on the cool anniversary merchandise. "Sometimes it's better to NOT GO, and just get the T-shirt online," Jon Klusmire, museum services director of the Eastern California Museum , wrote Wednesday in an email. I think he might be right, given that the top temperature in the park Wednesday was only 14 degrees lower than the record 134 degrees . T-shirts, lapel pins, patches and magnets mark the Big Heat day with the words "World's Hottest Death Valley 134° July 10, 2013 100th Anniversary.