Beating Badwater, the hardest ultramarathon in the world

Today, you get a call from a friend. They need a favor. Would you mind spending your vacation time this summer in Death Valley, a desert where temperatures hover around 130 degrees Would you be OK with sleeping in a van, if you get to sleep at all, for three days, because you’ll be working your tail off spraying runners down with water, dunking them in ice and keeping track of everything that goes in (and — yes — out) of their body every 15 minutes so they don’t die running 135 miles in the hardest footrace on the planet “Yeah, man, it’s Badwater.