A Few Degrees from Hell: The 2003 Badwater Ultramarathon

The Badwater Ultramarathon is commonly referred to as 'the toughest footrace on the planet.' In 2003 defending champion Pam Reed, Dean Karnazes and 71 other runners took the ultimate challenge of running 135 miles in California from Badwater to the portals of Mount Whitney. Their journey would take them through the hostile environment of Death Valley...and subject them to temperatures ranking among the highest ever recorded on earth. Twenty-five runners tell of their adventures in arguably the absolute toughest of 'the toughest footrace on the planet'--the good, the bad and yes, the ugly--in this incredible and fascinating compilation. You are certain to gain a respect for the runners you will meet, and perhaps an even greater respect for the area known as Death Valley. The runners--who experienced heat exhaustion, dehydration, nausea, blisters, hallucinations and fatigue during the race--competed in temperatures literally 'a few degrees from hell.'

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By JDK1962 (Boulder, CO) · ★★☆☆☆ · November 21, 2013
Wanted to like this, but ultimately didn't care for it much. A book written by one of the competitors that unfortunately lacks any kind of editorial distance. Or perspective about what's interesting and what's not.

This book was not well served by letting a subset of competitors each have their ow... ...more
By Erin (Rutland, VT) · ★★★☆☆ · March 17, 2014
I enjoyed lots of the stories in this book. I wish that the story had a little more continuity.
By Jackie (Waco, TX) · ★★★★☆ · January 07, 2011
This book provides an account of the hottest Badwater Ultramarathon on record at 130 degrees. Twenty-three runners and one crew member share their stories of the grueling 134.4 mile race across Death Valley from the Badwater Basin, the lowest point of the Western Hemisphere at 282 feet below sea... ...more
By Mike (Mapleton, IL) · ★★★★☆ · July 25, 2012
I've always had a fascination with Badwater. This is different runners's accounts of their race experience from the 2003 Badwater race. Some chapters are 5-6 pages and some are 30+ pages. Got somewhat repetitive but kept my attention. If you are a runner and do marathons/ultras, you probably real... ...more
By Bennjamin (The United States) · ★★★★☆ · May 28, 2012
Really liked digging into this book and reading first hand accounts of what it is like to crew and run at Badwater. Truly a remarkable book in that it captures the raw challenges and talent that Badwater attracts. Would recommend to any serious runner that is looking for a good read. ...more
By Thebestdogmom (The United States) · ★★★☆☆ · March 06, 2014
Good book, easy to stop and start as they are just short stories from different people about the same race. I love to hear Badwater stories. I still think, someday.... ...more
By Linda (Clinton, MA) · ★★★★★ · March 09, 2013
This book is an awesome account of what athletes go through hen competing in the 2003 Badwater Ultramarathon. ...more