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How to watch the sole Canadian at 2018 Badwater 135

Marylou Corino, a gym teacher from Georgetown, Ont., is a veteran racer and crew member at Badwater 135, which some call the world's toughest foot race

Badwater 135

The only Canadian at the 41st running of the Badwater 135 ultramarathon, which starts tonight in California’s Death Valley, is a 40-year-old gym teacher from Georgetown, Ont. named Marylou Corino. Corino was the fourth woman finisher and 21st overall in the 2013 race, in a time of 33:12:46. 

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The famously difficult race starts at Badwater in Death Valley 85m below sea level (the lowest elevation in North America), taking runners 135 miles (216K) through Death Valley and up Mount Whitney, reaching 2,548m of altitude at its highest point. Temperatures have been known to soar well above 100 F (37 C). The cutoff time is 48 hours, and the average finishing time is 40 hours. As at the Western States Endurance Run, finishers receive the coveted Badwater belt buckle. There is no prize money.

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Corino’s wave departs at 11 p.m. local time. 

There are 99 participants this year (the race is capped at 100): 50 veterans and 49 rookies, a record 32 women, of whom 14 are rookies and 18 are veterans, and 67 men. The average age is 40, with the youngest being 24-year-old Ryan Montgomery of Provo, Utah and the oldest 71-year-old Mark Olson of Covina, California). 

Corino participated in both the Badwater Cape Fear (50K/51 miles) and the Badwater Salton Sea (130K) in 2017 and 2018, and has crewed at Badwater 135 several times. She has also raced Lazarus Lake’s ultra Strolling Jim (in May 2018) and plans to race this year’s Barkley Fall Classic and Big Backyard Ultra.

You can watch a webcast of the race here, view results and splits here, or follow on Twitter @Badwater.