Death Valley run alters course angering some
LOS ANGELES (AP) -- For 27 straight summers, all that stood between runners and completion of the Badwater Ultramarathon was 135 miles of asphalt, a 13,000-foot elevation gain and late July temperatures that soared above 120 degrees.
This summer, the race from the depths of Death Valley to the shoulders of Mount Whitney has been moved, while the National Park Service conducts a safety review. The Los Angeles Times reports that race organizers have reconfigured moved the race to go through Owens Valley, dozens of miles to the west.
The move away from Death Valley National Park and the namesake Badwater Basin has stunned a close-knit family of runners and triggered complaints to the Park Service and Interior Department. Some accuse the government of overreach.