Ultra Sports Newsletter Jan 2014

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January 2014            Issue 42


In This Issue:
      KEYS100--Huge!  Guaranteed 2015 Badwater 135 Race Entry
                For 100 Mile Race Winners!
                Inaugural Military Team Competition Set
      EVERGLADES ULTRAS--Special Race Hotel Deal Announced
                Volunteer Days Jan. 11 and 25th, and More
               USATF-Florida Asso. Championships: Slots Still Available
                The Badwater Series--Read Note from RD Chris Kostman
                PALM100--March 1st in Deerfield Beach
                PEANUT ISLAND 24--Cancelled Until 2015

                     HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!


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Saturday, February 22, 2014, Fakahatchee Strand Preserve State Park, Copeland, FL
Choose your competitive distance: 25 Kilometers, 50 Kilometer or 50 Miles
300 runner overall limit for 2014

Race Hotel: T
he Official race hotel for 2014 is "The Ivy House" in Everglades City. Enjoy the pool and WiFi and breakfast, and a 10% discount when you mention, "EVERGLADES ULTRAS", at time of reservation. Standard hotel rooms are available, as our bunk-house type rooms with shared bathrooms, and even a cottage that sleeps four. Call 239-695-3299 to reserve yours.

Race video: If you haven't viewed the official race video from 2013, please check it out by clicking here: 2013 EU Race Video

Volunteer Days: There are 72 miles of trails to clear for the race, and work will continue on them on Saturday, January 25, at 9:00am. The focus will be on clearing "Mud Tram", the trail where much of the video of park animals was filmed last year--I saw a bear there last January!--and "East Main Tram" which the 50 milers traverse near the beginning of their race.  For anyone available during the week, there will be other workday opportunities between now and race day, too. If interested in these opportunities to see the park and contribute to the race's success, contact me at 954-439-2800 or at bob@ultrasportsllc.com.

USATF-Florida Association Championship: A reminder that this race is the 2014 trail championship at 50 miles and at 50 kilometers. Be a winner! Register now to compete in these ultramarathon distances on February 22nd.



KEYS 100

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7th Annual race across the islands of the Florida Keys!
Saturday and Sunday, May 17-18, 2014, Key Largo (or Marathon) to Key West

Badwater 135 Entry:
"Badwater" is one of the toughest and most iconic races on the planet. Run in mid-July in Death Valley, the 135 mile non-stop race begins at the lowest point in the Western Hemisphere—280 feet below sea level—and ends at 8,500 feet on Mt. Whitney, the highest peak in the contiguous 48 states. Unfortunately, Death Valley National Park decided to conduct a "safety" study this year and is precluding the issuance of any event permits until its completion in the fall. As such, Badwater will be raced along an alternate route in 2014. Assuming a return to the traditional course in 2015, it will be tougher than ever to gain entry with its limit of 100 slots. Two very fortunate people will not have to worry about that, however. The winner of both the male and female 100-mile competitions in the Keys this year will be guaranteed entry in the 2015 race! This is exciting stuff!!  Please read Badwater Race Director, Chris Kostman's description of the race below.

Military Relay Team Competition: To honor the many service members who compete each year in the KEYS100, a distinct competition among all qualified military teams will be held with the top three teams receiving special awards. "Military" teams are defined as those having a minimum of four (4) members who are active duty, reservists or veterans.



PALM100—March 1st , in Deerfield Beach. Go to www.palm100.com for further details, or contact Race Director Scott Richards at palm100ultra@gmail.com

Peanut Island 24— Cancelled until 2015


As a Race Director and active ultra-runner, I must confess to my respect for the great job done every year by RD Chris Kostman.  I ran the Badwater 135 in 2008, hope to compete again this summer and have crewed for other runners every other year since 2007.  I wouldn't miss it!  When Chris announced the inaugural Badwater Salton Sea race in 2013, I knew it would be a winner, so I competed in the inaugural last spring.  And for 2014, I am registered to race Badwater Cape Fear, Chris' new race on Bald Head Island on the North Carolina seashore.  I urge each of you to read his race descriptions below, and to seriously consider running in one or all races in the series.

BADWATER® CAPE FEAR: The BADWATER® ultra running experience comes to the East Coast for the first time when the inaugural BADWATER CAPE FEAR race takes place on Bald Head Island, North Carolina on March 22, 2014. Registration is now open. Besides featuring a 50km/51-mile ultra running race, this new event is designed as a Spring Break Vacation and Badwater Family Reunion at a remote island get-away. The race features a twelve-mile warm-up on the car-free, one-lane-wide roads of Bald Head Island, followed by either 19 or 39 miles of running on the wild and secluded sandy beach between Cape Fear and Fort Fisher. The race is held along the Atlantic Seaboard with spectacular views of the Frying Pan Shoals to the east and wild and undeveloped marshlands to the west. It is a dramatic, invigorating, inspiring setting to experience Cape Fear in all its grandeur! There will be multiple social events and outdoor activities held in the days before and after the actual race, so we encourage everyone to make a 3- to 5-day trip out of the adventure and bring their family, friends, and club mates! Currently 50 runners are registered for the inaugural edition and we hope you will be part of this historic new event. Remember, there can only be one first edition and one chance to say "I was there!" All the info is at http://www.badwater.com/capefear/

BADWATER® SALTON SEA: This remarkable race, first held in 2013, challenges 35 teams of three ultrarunners - running together for the duration, not in a relay - to tackle an unimaginable traverse of Southern California deserts and mountains. Scheduled for May 5-6, the race covers 81 miles (130km) non-stop from below sea level at the shoreline of the Salton Sea, across, up, and over Anza-Borrego Desert State Park, to the top of Palomar Mountain with a dramatic view of the Pacific Ocean. Applications are now being accepted for the 2nd edition of this highly acclaimed race. All the info is at http://www.badwater.com/ss/

BADWATER® 135: "The World's Toughest Foot Race" is going through an evolution this year because of permitting issues with the National Park Service. Scheduled for July 21-23, the new and improved 135-Mile World Championship event will feature an incredible route based in Lone Pine, CA and which does NOT pass through Death Valley National Park. The 2014 route features over 19,000 feet of elevation gain, two dramatic ascents into the Sierra Nevada to 10,000 feet and 8300 feet, and a 15-mile, self-supported, dirt road trek to Cerro Gordo, an authentic ghost town. As always, the finish line is at Mt. Whitney Portal. All who finish the full 135 miles in 2014 will be guaranteed entry to the 2015 edition. All the info is athttp://www.badwater.com

The BADWATER ULTRA CUP comprises Badwater Cape Fear in March, Badwater Salton Sea in May, and Badwater 135 in July. Those runners who complete all three full-distance events in the same calendar year will be featured on the Badwater website and their virtues will be extolled throughout the Internet, at Badwater.com, and in future editions of BADWATER Magazine.

KEYS 100 Winners Earn BADWATER® 135 Entry
Organized by a Badwater 135 and Badwater Salton Sea veteran, Bob Becker, the Keys 100 has become legend in the world of ultra running. It's extremely hot setting in the Florida Keys in May, and its entirely pavement-based route, have proven time and time again to reveal those runners who are ideal candidates to tackle the Badwater 135. Simply put: those ultra runners who do well at the Keys 100 consistently do well at the Badwater 135.

As such, and by special invitation, the men's and women's solo winners of the 2014 Keys 100 will earn guaranteed entry into the 2015 Badwater 135. (A full application must be submitted during the standard application period for the 2015 Badwater 135 and the entry fee must be paid. This offer is non-transferable and has no cash value.)


Useful Links



Recipient Charities

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The Cancer Foundation
of the Florida Keys, Inc.
Mercy Hiller, Chairperson
P.O. Box 5816

Friends of Fakahatchee
Francine Stevens, President
P.O. Box 35
Everglades City, FL 34139
Key West, FL 33045-5816


Contact Us

         Bob Becker                                                    KEYS100 & EVERGLADES ULTRAS
         Race Director                                                 c/o UltraSports LLC
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