Today I've got 10 race reports to share and I'll focus on the Badwater race that began on Monday. I hope you find some new running blogs that will become favorites and be inspired to sign up for a challenging race.
The 2014 Badwater 135 mile ultramarathon race, which takes place in California, has 17,000 feet of elevation gain. I can't imagine ever running 135 miles, but it's fun to read about people who did.
Nikki Wynd, a 42 year old from Australia, shared what it took to train for the 2014 Badwater here. Nikki ran about 110 - 125 miles a week, didn't do any cross training and planned to use Tailwind for the race. She finished the race in 29:44 and was the 3rd female finisher.
Crazy Running Girl blogger ran the Stampede 5K (WI) with her young nephew. They finished in 26:18 and he was 2nd in his age group.
Running with the Girls blogger ran the Bond Brook Trail Race (ME). With all of the turns on this course, it would be easy to get lost, but she didn't. It was a course PR race for her with a time of 31:58.
Robin ran the Angus Glen 5 Miler (ON, Canada) and finished first in her 40-49 age group with a time of 41:35. Robin walked away with a great race goodie bag and cash.
Anyone Can Run blogger completed the Too Hot to Handle 15K, which is a perfect name for a summer race in Texas, while representing Team Chocolate Milk in 1:21:06. She finished 6th in her age group.
Detroit Runner blogger ran the scenic, but muddy, Waugoshance Trail Half Marathon (WI) in about 2:16. Finishers were given cherry juice after the race.
Fitness Cheerleader blogger completed the North Face Endurance Challenge Trail Half Marathon (ON, Canada) in 3:03:45. Read her report for 7 trail racing tips.
Run to Munch blogger finished the Jamestown Half Marathon (RI) in 1:37:18 and earned a top place in her age group. One nice feature about the race is that runners receive free race photos.
Organic Runner Mom blogger ran the Bear Brook Trail Marathon (NH). She finished the 29+ mile race in 6:07.
Lauren on the Run blogger ran the Harding Hustle Trail 50K (CA), a race she never thought she'd run because it's a steep and hot race, in 9:27.
Zach Bitter ran the Psycho Psummer 50K (KS) in 3:51:31 and won it after a breakfast of bacon and eggs and using Vespa and soda as race fuel.