For all of you who are living State side (and others further beyond) and particularly on the Eastern side, here is an exciting opportunity for you too to do a Badwater ultra-marathon.
North Carolina is the State and Bald Head Island is the place. The date? The most important thing of all… it’s the 22nd March, 2014 and Registration is now open.
There are 2 options to this race: 50 kms or 51 miles and, I quote the organisers, “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!”
Whilst you and your fellow cohorts are slogging it out on the wild and windy beaches, your family can be enjoying themselves on the Island or in nearby Southport – both well-known family vacation areas so everybody’s happy. And to prove that you have actually taken part in the 51-mile race and not spent your time experiencing what the region has to offer with your family, you have this belt-buckle to take home. Now, isn’t that worth it?!!
Badwater belt buckle for the 51-mile race
Best of luck!
And least you think that these races are self-indulgent (huh!) I ought to remind you that there is always another goal… this one here is to raise at least $10,000 for the Bald Head Island Conservancy, which is enough to purchase one of the special electric UTV electric vehicles which BHIC uses to patrol the beach and care for sea turtle nesting sites.
Extreme sports events are invariably about raising money for charities and / or protecting the environment and one has to admire them for their active participation in this field.