LISA SMITH-BATCHEN ATTEMPTS FOUR BADWATER ULTRAMARATHONS BACK- TO- BACK TO BENEFIT CLEAN WATER FOR ORPHANS IN THIRD WORLD COUNTRIES
Ultrarunner Lisa Smith-Batchen to Attempt Record-Breaking 584 Mile Run to Benefit Cleaner Water
July Run in California’s Death Valley to Cover Four Badwater-to-Mt. Whitney Crossings
Death Valley, California- Renowned ultra-distance runner Lisa Smith-Batchen will try to become the first female ultramarathoner in the world to cross the famed Badwater-to-Mt. Whitney course four times back-to-back starting July 1st, running a total of 584 miles in an effort to fundraise for cleaner, healthier water across the world.
Smith-Batchen and her support crew will begin the Badwater4GoodWater run when the weather conditions are most extreme and temperatures often climb to 130 degrees. The run will include not only two out-and back circuits of the traditional Badwater-to-Mt. Whitney course, which is 135 miles, but also two trips to the summit of Mt. Whitney, the highest point in the Continental United Sates at 14,505 feet and an estimated 96,000 feet of elevation change. Portions of the proceeds from Smith-Batchen’s fundraising from the run will go to Waterkeeper Alliance, a global movement of on-the-water advocates who patrol and protect over 1.5 million square miles of rivers, streams and coastlines across the world.
“My goal is to use my distance running as a tool to improve water conditions and empower advocates like Waterkeeper Alliance to make sure people everywhere have access to clean water,” said Smith-Batchen. “I’m as fit as I have ever been and I can’t wait to begin what’s sure to be an amazing experience.”
“We are proud to partner with Lisa and honored by her commitment to protect the world’s waterways and ensure access to clean water for drinking and recreation,” said Marc Yaggi, Executive Director of Waterkeeper Alliance. “We will be cheering her on every step of the way on her incredible and selfless journey.”
Smith-Batchen, an Idaho resident and accomplished runner, has previously completed the official Badwater Ultramarathon nine times and won the race twice. In 2010, Smith-Batchen completed a tour called “Running Hope through America,” in which she ran 2,500 miles through the United States, running 50 miles in all 50 states in two months to raise money for orphans.
Donations can be made to Waterkeeper Alliance and the Badwater4GoodWater project at www.Badwater4GoodWater.com.
For updates from Smith-Batchen and her crew during the run, please visit the Badwater4GoodWater on Twitter and Instagram.
For more information about Lisa Smith-Batchen, visit http://www.dreamchaserevents.com/About-Us/Lisa-Smith-Batchen/.
About WATERKEEPER® Alliance Waterkeeper Alliance is a global movement uniting more than 200 Waterkeeper organizations and focusing citizen advocacy on the issues that affect our waterways, from pollution to climate change. Waterkeepers patrol and protect more than 1.5 million square miles of rivers, streams and coastlines in the Americas, Europe, Australia, Asia and Africa. Waterkeeper Alliance was founded in 1999 by veteran Waterkeepers and Robert F. Kennedy, Jr. to insure our global waterways are swimmable, drinkable and fishable. Learn more at: www.waterkeeper.org or follow @Waterkeeper on Twitter and Facebook.