Bomhoff headed to Badwater
Last year Greg Bomhoff took on the track at Franklin Elementary School in Loomis for 24 hours straight.
He’s stepping it up a notch this summer. The Loomis runner was selected to compete in the Badwater Ultramarathon earlier this month.
Bomhoff will be taking his cause – raising funds for the physical education program at Franklin – to southern California. On July 11 he’ll begin a 135-mile journey from below sea level in Death Valley to Mt. Whitney. It’s 135 miles of grueling pavement in temperatures that can reach 130 degrees.
Bomhoff raised more than $25,000 for his cause last spring, when he circled the Franklin track more than 500 times, covering 128¾ miles. A former professional water skier, Bomhoff finished Western States in 2006.
Donate to the cause and get more info on Bomhoff’s quest at www.gothedistancerun.com.
The ultrarunning world was buzzing this week with the announcement of a new 100-kilometer race that will dish out a cash purse of $10,000 this year.
TrailRunner Magazine is sponsoring the Ultra Race of Champions. It will take place in Charlottesville, Va. on Sept. 24.
The idea of the race is to draw the top running talent in the country, and beyond, and to provide a definitive championship for ultrarunning.
Defending Western States champion Geoff Roes had a hand in coming up with the race. He is a UROC board member and “athlete liaison.”
“There is a growing demand for a trail ultrarunning event that celebrates and encourages as many top level runners as possible to come together on the same trail, on the same day, to compete in a true championship style race,” Roes wrote on the UROC website. “In UROC I think we finally have an event with a desire and a commitment to meet this demand. I can’t wait to toe the line in September with the field of elite runners this race will draw.”
The top male and female runners at the event will win $2,500.
For all the details on the race, visit www.ultraroc.com.
Even in his prime, Dean Karnazes was rarely a contender at the top ultramarathons in the country. But the Bay Area runner continues to be a media darling and the one mainstream face of endurance running.
Karnazes was featured on both “Jimmy Kimmel Live” and “Live with Regis and Kelly” last week to explain his next running challenge. On Thursday night Karnazes took off from Kimmel’s studio in Los Angeles on a run that will end at Regis and Kelly’s show in New York.
He plans to run about 50 miles per day for 75 days for “Regis and Kelly’s Run Across America.” The goal is to inspire kids to run and be active. Karmanzes also happens to have a new book out, entitled “Run.”
Track Karnazes’ progress on the web at www.ultramarathonman.com.