Running On The Sun

Last night I watched a movie from the library about the Badwater 135 which is an ultra-run held in California. It starts in Death Valley and follows paved roads over a couple or few mountains and finishes on Mt Whitney. Only 40 people are invited each year and they must finish within 60 hours. It was 115 F at the 8am start in the movie. It is, as you might imagine, an intense event. The scenes where folks show their training secrets are hilariously sad if you know what I mean and the guy who had his toenails surgically removed so they would not hinder his performance is inspirational in his own way, I suppose. There is lots of vomiting and an extended scene of different competitors dealing with their blistered feet for those of you that like realism. Lots of heartwarming scenes, too as folks overcome their demons and all the tortures of the event to claim their finishers belt buckle. Not my thing, but a good documentary.

BADwater 135

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