Lopez Wins Badwater

Two-time runner-up drops huge PR

Jul 13, 2011
Outside Magazine

Oswaldo Lopez, the two-time Badwater Ultramarathon runner up, finally won the big event and recorded one of the fastest times in race history. Lopez, a Mexican citizen who lives in California, completed the 135-mile run on Tuesday in 23 hours, 41 minutes, 40 seconds, an hour ahead of second-place finisher Sekiya Ryoichi of Japan. Lopez, 39, had finished second in both 2009 and 2010. His time was a Badwater personal best by an hour and the fourth fastest in the 34-year history of the event, which many considered the nation's most challenging ultramarathon. The race begins 282 feet below sea level in Death Valley, where racers often experience temperatures of 120 degrees or more. The course crosses three mountain ranges, leading runners up 13,000 feet in total elevation, and ends near the base of California's Mount Whitney, at 8,360 feet.

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