Monday morning in Death Valley, runners from around the globe will line up in triple digit heat for what is called 'the world's toughest foot race.' It's the Badwater Ultramarathon, and a man from Madera has finished 1st or 2nd in the event each of the last four years.
41-year-old Oswaldo Lopez and 90-plus other runners invited from around the globe will run 135 miles, from 282 feet below sea level in Death Valley to 8,360 feet up Mount Whitney. Lopez is one of just six runners to ever finish the race that routinely sees temperatures of 120-130 degrees within 24 hours.
Lopez says the passion sprouted from necessity, when he ran 5-6 miles to and from school in Mexico at eight years old. Now he runs six days a week, anywhere from 5-40 miles a day. He says he hopes to run competitively until the age of 80.