Mike Morton Wins Badwater Ultra
Beats defending champ by 40 minutes
Mike Morton of Lithia, Florida, won the 25th annual Badwater 135 ultramarathon in California’s Death Valley, beating defending champion Oswaldo Lopez by over 40 minutes. Morton, 40, crossed the finish line on Tuesday in 22 hours 52 minutes 55 seconds, missing Valmir Nunes’ course record by just over a minute. Course conditions were about 10 degrees cooler than average, peaking at 109 degrees Fahrenheit. Billed as “the world’s toughest foot race,” the 135-mile run includes 13,000 feet of cumulative vertical gain and about 5,000 feet of descent. This year’s third-place finisher, Zach Gingerich of Tigard, Oregon, crossed the line about three hours after Morton.