Tuesday, February 2, 2016

I Applied For Badwater....And It Was Terrifying

A list of things that scare me to death:

  • Airplanes
  • Hostess going out of business again
  • Getting my blood drawn (I'm what you could call a "Passer Outer".)
  • Being abducted by aliens and forced to listen to Justin Bieber music until my eardrums bleed
  • Badwater

The Badwater 135 mile race through Death Valley in July has been on my mind for a few years. National Geographic Adventure ranks it "World's Toughest Foot Race".

But in all seriousness, this race does scare the Twinkie filling out of me.....which is why I've been so intrigued.

This year I worked up the courage to apply for this epic adventure. (Clicking that "Register" button was TERRIFYING!) I put in my application last week. Only 100 runners are selected after a committee reviews all the applicants. It's basically like submitting a job application about what you've done to prepare you for this race.

But athletic history isn't the only consideration. They also ask about your character. For example, one question was "What percentage of your athletic peers would say that you are a good human being?"(Check out THIS article from Runner's World about the Badwater application questions.)

I've been setting money aside for months in hopes of being one of the selected runners. I'll find out in exactly one week, on February 9th if I am chosen.

I think a Badwater jumping picture would be pretty sweet. Until then, I took this jump shot on Gooseberry Mesa a few days ago:

February 9th can't get here soon enough. I can't wait to hear what my future will hold. My fingers are crossed that the future will include a 135 mile date with Death Valley.


  1. So excited for you! With your resume, you have to have a good chance. I can't wait to hear the news!

  2. One of my crazy dreams is Badwater! Good luck, Cory. I hope you get in!

  3. Best of luck to you Cory. After seeing your Gooseberry location shot, I would surely suggest that you do not run off a cliff. Not part of the competition. :et us know if it is a go or nay.

  4. Good luck, I think you'd be a great addition to their event and look forward to seeing the "jump" photo

  5. Good Luck!! Hope your crazy dream comes true!

  6. Only one more day - I hope you get in!