A Few Degrees From Hell

White Hot Tales of the Badwater Ultramarathon

A Few Degrees From Hell White Hot Tales of the Badwater Ultramarathon


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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Pages 208
Print run 1., Aufl.
Format Specifications 15,6 x 23,4 cm, Paperback / softback, 31 Halftones, b/w, 3 Tables, b/w
Publication Date 25 Apr 2013
Authors Ludwig, Scott
ISBN 978-1-78255-003-7

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About the Authors

Ludwig, Scott

Scott Ludwig has been running every day since November 30, 1978, and he currently has the 28th longest streak in the United States. He has run 200 marathons, over 800 races, and accumulated over 135,000 miles in his lifetime.

He began running ultramarathons early in his running career, his first being a 50-miler in 1982. In time, he ran ultras ranging from 31 miles to 135 miles (the Badwater Ultramarathon in 2003, in which he finished in 6th place). In 2002, Scott ran 129 miles in the U.S. National 24-Hour Championships and won the master’s national championship (age 40 and over). In 1992, he ran 280 miles in six days, from the west side to the east side of the state of Georgia, to raise money for charity.

He lives, runs, and writes in Senoia, Georgia.

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