Imagine you’re trapped in the searing hot desert of California with nothing to eat or drink but the amount of water you can hold in two hands and the electrolyte gummies in your pocket.
The only thing protecting you from the sun is the clothing on your body and a funny-looking cap. And the only thing between you and the hot asphalt is a rapidly dissentegrating pair of Hoka Hoka One One running shoes.
Now, imagine you’re in this situation willingly -- for fun, even.
HCSS Software Developer Steve Maliszewski is doing just that.
Maliszewski will be running the Badwater 135 Ultra Marathon starting July 28, labeled “The World’s Toughest Foot Race.”
The trek covers 135 miles non-stop from Death Valley to Mt. Whitney, Calif., – the highest point in the continental United States – and is considered the most demanding and extreme running race on the planet.
And it's not Maliszewski's first time in the race, either. He competed in 2014 as one of five runners from Texas, the first to finish from the Lone Star State and No. 28 overall out of 100 competitors, clocking a time of 35 hours, 49 minutes, and 58 seconds.
Maliszewski's misery will go to a good cause, however, as he is running to support the Snowdrop Foundation, an organization that funds childhood cancer research and provides college scholarships for pediatric patients and survivors.
HCSS will follow Maliszewski as he logs his miles in the big event, using our HCSS GPS units and website as well as our new free Safety Observations Tool to track his location, views and obstacles, and mental state. Maliszewski's team of supporters will also be posting updates on his Twitter account, @drunkenb, using the hashtag #steverunsbadwater.
You can follow Maliszewski's progress by visiting our Badwater website, where we will post updates and observations as we receive them.
Read the Houston Chronicle story on Maliszewski's upcoming run.