Have you ever considered running 135 miles (217 km)? What about running 135 miles in July in the hottest and driest place in the United States? That’s exactly what runners do each summer in the Badwater Ultramarathon at California’s Death Valley National Park. The race, which has been held every year since 1987, takes runners as long as two days. They have to run over two mountains and endure temperatures as high as 120 degrees Fahrenheit (49 C). Naturally, the Badwater Ultramarathon can be a dangerous race. But after the 2014 race was moved to a different location for safety reasons, the runners will again race in Death Valley in 2015. There are some new rules, though. For example, the race will now start at night so runners have more time in the “cooler” overnight temperatures.
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