Apr 29, 2023 at 6:30 AM

Badwater Salton Sea

1112 Tilting T Drive

Borrego Springs CA, 92004


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Entry Fee $399
(Lowest or Early Registration)

Entry Fee 2 $499
(Highest or Late Registration)

Prize Money: no


  • 81M

Series: Badwater Ultra Cup

Type: Ultra

Participant Limit: 115

Starting Elevation: -125

High Point: 5500

Percent of the course on un-paved trails: 15%

First Year of the Event: 2013

Men's Record: Pete Kostelnick, Jon Kuehler 14:04:20

Women's Record: Monique Jacques, Brittany McCullough 18:55:00


AdventureCORPS®, Inc. hosts BADWATER® Salton Sea annually in late April. This remarkable event challenges up to 40 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).

The nine previous editions were received with wide acclaim. Entry is strictly limited to fifteen 2-runner teams and twenty-five 3-runner teams.



Past Event Dates

Held on Apr 29, 2023

Held on Apr 30, 2022

Held on Nov 08, 2021

Held on Apr 26, 2020

Held on Apr 28, 2019

Held on Apr 29, 2018

Held on Apr 30, 2017

Held on May 01, 2016

Held on May 04, 2015

Held on May 05, 2014