146 miles from Badwater Basin at -282ft.
It APPEARS Harvey Lewis has set a new Badwater 146 FKT. (Unofficial). He is safely making his way back down to the portals now.
The previous record- a stout one- was held by Marshall Ulrich set in 1991 in 33 hours, 54 minutes. It’s held for 29 years!
Harvey was in great shape through Lone Pine at 122 miles. He made it up to the portals at mile 135 in about 4 hours. This left him with less than 7 hours to traverse the final 11 miles.
It was going to be close.
At the portals, Harvey’s crew gave him two pieces of information that I think significantly helped:
1) We overdelivered his goal to raise $2,500 for the City Gospel Mission. $7,001 (at last check). In addition to the FKT, this was one of two goals Harvey had set. 👍 (huge thank you!)
2) Marshall had texted me and INSISTED Harvey call him. I think he knew Harvey needed a boost. They talked. 💙
Harvey and Michael Jiminez proceeded on toward the summit.
Harvey has two “pings” from his tracker (each ~10 minutes apart)- 33 hrs, 39 minutes and 33 hours, 53 minutes. The first appears closer on the map to the pinned summit, the second ping is higher at 14,504ft.
FOLLOW Harvey as he safely makes his way back down to then portals. Tracker in BIO.
From the onset Harveys never considered this is solo effort. All of his friends and family played a key role in helping him make it to the summit. Michael Jiminez ran with him at key places including the summit. His crew of Dave Oakley, Randy Kreill and Jeremy Scheffler also did an amazing job throughout. And of course all your likes, shares and comments are amazing!
If the baton is to be passed, this will mean the world to Harvey. He has the upmost respect for Marshall Ulrich. He appreciated the effort by Al Arnold, the first to do the 146 in 1977. He loves this place and it’s people like Ben Jones. The Badwater race has always been a favorite (right there with the Cincinnati Flying Pig Marathon). Harvey has covered the route from Badwater to the Whitney portal 9 times and on 5 occasions climbed to the summit following.
It is with a heavy heart that we write to you today. We have exhausted every possible avenue for holding the Tahoe 200mi/100km/25km races including a potential location change. After speaking with the USFS today I am sorry to inform you that they have decided not to allow our event this year. Full Post
- Harvey is now near Trail Junction. The junction between John Muir Trail and Mt. Whitney Trail. About 1.7 miles to Whitney Summit! He has 1 hour and 53 minutes to finish the 1.7ish miles. Although at higher elevation, this final section is a bit easier than previous section. Harvey is going to break Marhall Ulrich’s 29 year old Badwater 146 FKT!!
- Post by Tracey Outlaw
In preparing for the 146 FKT, Harvey reached out to the current 146 mile record-holder, Marshall Ulrich for advice and protocol. Marshall has been very supportive and was kind enough to share the photos from THE BADWATER Ben Jones and answer a few questions. As Harvey makes his way up Mt Whitney, enjoy the history!!
MARSHALL ULRICH has completed +124 ultra marathons averaging over 100 miles each, has climbed the tallest summit on each continent (all on first attempts), a feat known as the seven summits, and has finished 12 expedition-length races in adventure racing. Last week we asked him a few questions:
Q1.) WHAT DO YOU REALLY THINK ABOUT HARVEY GOING FOR YOUR RECORD? 🙂
ULRICH: “Actually Harvey is one of my favorite people as he is chocked full of ethics, morals and appreciates the history of the prior crossings. If anyone is to top my record, it could very well be Harvey!”
Q2.) WHAT DO YOU CONSIDER YOUR BIGGEST ACCOMPLISHMNT?
ULRICH: “I consider this record to the top of Whitney from the Badwater Basin my finest achievement, the 4 (Badwater) wins are secondary. There were 15 starters in 1991, 8 continued to the top or over 50% (including Ben Jones). Entry was $30.00 for the race in 1991, permits were not required to go up Mt. Whitney and I won $1000.00 for winning the race as well as a $1000.00 for breaking the 135 mile course record (the next year I did the same breaking my own record again).
Q3) HOW DID YOU TRAIN FOR THE 1991 RACE?
ULRICH: “I trained harder doing more races to prep for the 146 miler including 100 mile races such as Western States. I would run in a 210 degree F sauna every other day for 6 weeks by jogging in place as well as doing between 110 and 115 miles per week training.”
Q4.) ANY LAST MINUTE ADVICE TO HARVEY?
ULRICH:”Stay the course, keep focused keeping your eye on the ball by running fast (but not fast enough to blow up) with disregard as to reaching the top. So to be clear, first concentrate on reaching the portals as quickly as you can and then collect yourself, refocus and enjoy the sprint to the top (that’s the icing on the cake)! Look at your accomplishment as your crowning achievement, after all this record has stood the test of other champions, such as Scott Jurek and Pam Reed trying to break this record for over 29 years!”
Ulrich’s 2011 memoir, Running on Empty, gives more of the backstory of his transcontinental run (San Francisco to New York in 52.5 days. Ulrich succeeded in setting new Masters and Grand Masters records and recorded the third fastest crossing of the United States on foot). The book also tells of his other extreme endurance adventures, and reveals his psychological drivers. https://www.amazon.com/Running-Empty-Ultramara…/…/1583334904
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- Harvey appears to be at Whitney Summit. New Badwater 146 FKT!! Huge Congratulations!!! That was CLOSE!! For 29 years Marshall Ulrich’s record stood at 33 hours and 54 minutes. Am guessing he finished at approximately 3:35ish am PDT setting the new Badwater 146 FKT at approximately 33 hours and 35ish minutes. This is of course only my speculation and totally unofficial. Wishing Harvey and Michael a safe return off of the mountain..
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