When Does 116° Sound Cool?

Badwater 135
Written by Charlie

When the temperatures in the weeks leading up to that 116° day are all higher than 120°! 116° is the forecasted temperature for Death Valley on the day the Badwater 135 ultramarathon begins (July 15th). As a former crewmember/pacer at Badwater, I can attest to the intense heat that is present (it feels like you are inhaling pure heat at first – try opening your oven and just start breathing!) at Death Valley. It is an amazing experience and the heat is just one part of the overall experience.

Badwater 135Temperatures are supposed to be record setting over the next few days in the Southwest but apparently they will be “dropping” into the -teens (+100) just in time for Badwater. Even though 116° is still really hot, in contrast to current temperatures, every degree counts! Any of my readers planning on being at Badwater this year? I am looking forward to returning there again one year – but to run it myself! At that time, I will be hoping some of you will come help me. 🙂

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About the author


Charlie has been an avid traveler and runner for many years. He has run in marathons around the world for less than it would cost to travel to the next town - all as a result of collecting and using miles and points. Over the years, he has flown hundreds of thousands of miles and collected millions of miles and points.
Now he uses this experience and knowledge to help others through Running with Miles.