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Double Badwater & New World Record

12 August, 2011 0 comments


BADWATER Ultra Marathon is a notoriously challenging Ultra Marathon in the United States. The start line is at Death Valley, which marks the lowest elevation in North America at 280’ (85m) below sea level. The race finishes at Mt. Whitney Portal at 8360' (2533m). The Badwater course covers three mountain ranges of which 13,000’ (3962m) is cumulative vertical ascent and 4,700’ (1433m) is cumulative descent. Whitney Portal is the trailhead to the Mt. Whitney summit, the highest point in the contiguous United States.

But for Mimi.. that wanst enough and so she didnt stop there.  Her aim was to attempt to become the first British female to do Double Badwater and attempt to break the female course record that stood at just over 129hrs.  In order for her to complete the double she would first have to run the 135 mile race, then climb to the top of Mt. Whitney, 14,505 feet (4,421m), once at the top, sign the visitors book and then run all the way back to the start of the race in Death Valley. A total of 292 miles.

Doing the distance is one thing, but the logistics is also mind boggling, to give you an idea – she had 6 crew looking after her, two support vehicles, 80 gallons of water, 4 large ice containers, vast quantities of ice and dry ice, large medical kit, 4 sprayers, chairs, food, mountain gear, tent, 4 pairs of trainers, pacing charts, duct tape........that’s just a snippet of what’s on the list!  Who said racing was easy!!!!

So what would drive someone to do this?  This is how Mimi explains it:

"Last year I met an extraordinary man called Alex Flynn who 3 years ago was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease.  Whilst battling daily the effects of the progressive, and as yet, incurable Parkinson’s, he intends to run, walk, crawl, swim and cycle 10 million metres to raise £1 million for The Cure Parkinson’s Trust."

And so it was,  in the race itself Mimi came 23rd out of 94 starters and was the 4th Lady.  She came in at a time of 34 hrs, 25 minutes.  So imagine now turning around and while others remained celebrating their finish, heading back the way you just came?

Mimi marked her success with a finish time of 108Hrs 10Min 24Sec -  beating the female record by over 21 hours!


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