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Date(s) - 04/27/2024 - 04/28/2024


Badwater Salton Sea

Badwater Salton Sea: Borrego Springs, CA

The BADWATER® ultra running experience returns to the Anza-Borrego Desert and Palomar Mountain when the eleventh BADWATER SALTON SEA race takes place on April 27-28, 2024.

AdventureCORPS®, Inc. hosts BADWATER Salton Sea annually in late April. This remarkable event challenges up to 40 teams of two or three ultrarunners – running together as duos or trios for the duration, NOT in a relay – to tackle an unimaginable traverse of Southern California deserts and mountains.

The route covers 81 miles (130km) from Salton City (elevation 234 feet / 71m below sea level) to Palomar Mountain, the almost tallest mountain in San Diego County (elevation 5500 feet / 1676m.)

Eight of the 81 race miles pass through Anza-Borrego State Park on a single track trail known as the California Riding and Hiking Trail from near Borrego Springs to near Ranchita, creating a race route which is a mix of road and trail. There is a total elevation gain of over 9000 feet (2740m).

The seven previous editions were received with wide acclaim. Entry is strictly limited to fifteen 2-runner teams and twenty-five 3-runner teams for a total of 115 runners.


(Badwater Salton Sea runners and crew members are only required to be in Borrego Springs by 300pm on Friday, April 29, but are encouraged to arrive a day or two sooner to join in the other activities.)

Thursday, April 25, 2024

  • 1900: Meet for dinner (no host) at the Borrego Springs Resort (across the driveway from the hotel lobby at The Arches Restaurant.) The cool kids get to town on Thursday in order to socialize and kick things off in style both Thursday evening and Friday morning! 😉

Friday, April 26, 2024

  • 0730-0900: Optional: Road and trail run around Borrego Springs past many of the incredible metal sculptures which dot the landscape and are known as Galleta Meadows, Depart on foot from hotel lobby at 730am. (Approximately six miles, very easy pace, with several stops for photos.)
  • 1430-1600: Runner Check-In and Team Photos (Anza Room adjacent to Borrego Springs Resort lobby)
  • 1600-1700: Pre-Race Meeting (Anza Room adjacent to Borrego Springs Resort lobby)

Saturday, April 27, 2024

  • 0500 Runners/Crews must depart Borrego Springs to the start line.
  • 0533 Civil Twilight (first light in the sky)
  • 0559 Sunrise
  • 0600 Absolute deadline to arrive at the start line at 905 Sea Port Ave, Salton City, CA 92274


  • 1530 Time Cut-Off at Mile 35.23 (Borrego Springs Resort) RUNNERS BEYOND THIS TIME CUT-OFF MUST WITHDRAW FROM THE RACE.
  • 1730 Time Cut-Off at Mile 40.6 (Lower Trailhead) RUNNERS BEYOND THIS TIME CUT-OFF MUST WITHDRAW FROM THE RACE.
  • 1900 “Nighttime” – as defined by us – begins: follow nighttime protocols.
  • 1926 Sunset
  • 1952 Civil Twilight (no light left in the sky)

Sunday, April 28, 2024

  • 0532 Civil Twilight (first light in the sky)
  • 0558 Sunrise
  • 1030 RACE COURSE CLOSES (28 Hour Limit)


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