AdventureCORPS®, Inc. hosts BADWATER® Salton Sea annually in late April. This remarkable event challenges up to 45 teams of two or three ultrarunners – running together as duos or trios for the duration, NOT in a relay – to tackle an unimaginable traverse of Southern California deserts and mountains. The  route covers 81 miles (130km) from Salton City (elevation 234 feet / 71m below sea level) to Palomar Mountain, the almost tallest mountain in San Diego County (elevation 5500 feet / 1676m.) Eight of the 81 race miles pass through Anza-Borrego State Park on a single track trail known as the California Riding and Hiking Trail from near Borrego Springs to near Ranchita, creating a race route which is a mix of road and trail. There is a total elevation gain of over 9000 feet (2740m).

Upcoming Races

Apr 25 2021
81 Miles
2 Elevation Rating
Rolling, ~2500 feet in 50 miles
2 Surface Rating
Mostly groomed trail or dirt roads


81 Miles View course top times

Date Finishers Top Result Top Result (F)
04/26/20 Race Cancelled
04/28/19 71 15:05:00 19:35:45
04/29/18 90 15:36:00 18:27:00
04/30/17 53 14:04:20 18:23:40
05/01/16 59 14:56:00 16:02:00
05/04/15 32 15:09:42 17:02:16
We try to keep the most accurate information about this race, but changes do happen. Always visit the official race website for the most up to date information.

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