Google+ Running in Cork, Ireland: Padraig Mullins from Cork completes the Badwater 135 mile Ultra-Marathon in Death Valley

Friday, July 31, 2015

Padraig Mullins from Cork completes the Badwater 135 mile Ultra-Marathon in Death Valley


Back in 2012, I had a guest post up on the site about Padraig Mullins who is a regular in Ultra events in the USA. Originally from Rathpeacon in Cork, Padraig has lived in Boston in the US since 2004 and started running in 2006.

Over the last few days, Padraig has been taking part in the Badwater 135 in California, one of the most famous Ultra events in the world. This starts in Death Valley which is 85m below sea level and finishes on the slopes of Mount Whitney at 2530 metres. In total, a distance of 135 miles and a cumulative ascent of 4450 metres. Add in the oven like temperatures and you can imagine how tough it must be.



Here is a description....."Covering 135 miles (217km) non-stop from Death Valley to Mt. Whitney, CA, the Nutrimatix Badwater® 135 is the most demanding and extreme running race offered anywhere on the planet. The start line is at Badwater, Death Valley, which marks the lowest elevation in North America at 280’ (85m) below sea level. The race finishes at Whitney Portal at 8,300’ (2530m). The Badwater 135 course covers three mountain ranges for a total of 14,600’ (4450m) of cumulative vertical ascent and 6,100’ (1859m) of cumulative descent."

Padraig started the race at 7am Irish time on Wednesday morning and finished around 9pm Irish time on Thursday...roughly 38 hours. He is the third Irish person to have ever completed this event.


1 comment:

Cathal Daly said...

Good man Padraig. Fantastic stuff