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.’Scott Ludwig started running in the summer of 1978 while he was a graduate student at the University of Florida. His wife and his graduate school professor were the two primary influences towards his life as a runner; that and the 30 pounds he gained after getting married in June 1977.Scott immediately fell in love with the sport and ran his first marathon less than a year after he started running. He began writing about his fascination with the sport throughout the next 29 years, ultimately self-publishing his autobiography Running through My Mind in 2007. He self-published two more books in the next three years.Cardinal Publishers Group is the distributor of Meyer & Meyer Sport books.