The Hardrock 100 and Badwater Ultramarathon… Happy Trails Style

A five-day span every July include two runs full of extremes, the Hardrock 100 and Badwater Ultramarathon. Here’s a Happy Trails look at these two classic races.

Take Us To Your Leader (Hardrock 100)

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Home Is Where… (Badwater Ultramarathon)

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Dean Karnazes has the following to offer before once again running the race:

Your crew is your lifeblood at Badwater. That being said, my instructions to them is to never let me get too comfortable. There is a saying at Badwter, “beware of the chair.” They don’t bring a chair, and they don’t bring an umbrella for shade. Their job is to keep me moving forward and to do this they work just as hard as I do. By the finish everyone is completely spent.

There is a fine line at Badwater between exertion, exhaustion and annihilation. My crew are all experienced endurance athletes and have been there themselves. They can spot these things…hopefully. My crew will get me to the finish, or to the hospital. Either way, at Badwater home is where the support van is!

Call for Comments

What are your takes on these two races? What do you think about the two comics?

EJ Murphy: draws the Happy Trails comic strip for iRunFar.com, while also creating the Ultrarunning Guy comic.

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  • Hummm, the van at badwater is not home but for me was the worth nightmare... It is a place alway ready to welcome you where your super crew is like a formula one lit stop, ready for anything!!!! But this place is as well the one you do not want to be or stop.. I end up loving my crew for all they did and been very disappointed with myself for spending so much time at the van the last 30 miles......

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