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Death Valley's Ultramarathon

<p>Chris Moon of Britain, 51, competes in the Badwater Ultramarathon in Death Valley National Park, California July 15, 2013. REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson</p>

Chris Moon of Britain, 51, competes in the Badwater Ultramarathon in Death Valley National Park, California July 15, 2013. REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson

Chris Moon of Britain, 51, competes in the Badwater Ultramarathon in Death Valley National Park, California July 15, 2013. REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson

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<p>Oswaldo Lopez of Mexico, 41, is doused with water during the Badwater Ultramarathon in Death Valley National Park, California, July 15, 2013.  REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson</p>

Oswaldo Lopez of Mexico, 41, is doused with water during the Badwater Ultramarathon in Death Valley National Park, California, July 15, 2013. REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson

Oswaldo Lopez of Mexico, 41, is doused with water during the Badwater Ultramarathon in Death Valley National Park, California, July 15, 2013. REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson

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<p>Shannon Farar-Griefer, 52, of Hidden Hills, California, lies by the side of the road during the Badwater Ultramarathon in Death Valley National Park, California, July 15, 2013. REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson</p>

Shannon Farar-Griefer, 52, of Hidden Hills, California, lies by the side of the road during the Badwater Ultramarathon in Death Valley National Park, California, July 15, 2013. REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson

Shannon Farar-Griefer, 52, of Hidden Hills, California, lies by the side of the road during the Badwater Ultramarathon in Death Valley National Park, California, July 15, 2013. REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson

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<p>Charlie Engle, 50, (L) runs through a mirage with his pace setter during the Badwater Ultramarathon in Death Valley National Park, California, July 15, 2013.  REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson</p>

Charlie Engle, 50, (L) runs through a mirage with his pace setter during the Badwater Ultramarathon in Death Valley National Park, California, July 15, 2013. REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson

Charlie Engle, 50, (L) runs through a mirage with his pace setter during the Badwater Ultramarathon in Death Valley National Park, California, July 15, 2013. REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson

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<p>Shannon Farar-Griefer, 52, of Hidden Hills, California, runs away from her team after stopping to drink water as she competes in the Badwater Ultramarathon in Death Valley National Park, California, July 15, 2013.  REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson</p>

Shannon Farar-Griefer, 52, of Hidden Hills, California, runs away from her team after stopping to drink water as she competes in the Badwater Ultramarathon in Death Valley National Park, California, July 15, 2013. REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson

Shannon Farar-Griefer, 52, of Hidden Hills, California, runs away from her team after stopping to drink water as she competes in the Badwater Ultramarathon in Death Valley National Park, California, July 15, 2013. REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson

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<p>Shannon Farar-Griefer, 52, of Hidden Hills, California, (2nd R) hugs her team before competing in the Badwater Ultramarathon in Death Valley National Park, California, July 15, 2013.  REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson</p>

Shannon Farar-Griefer, 52, of Hidden Hills, California, (2nd R) hugs her team before competing in the Badwater Ultramarathon in Death Valley National Park, California, July 15, 2013. REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson

Shannon Farar-Griefer, 52, of Hidden Hills, California, (2nd R) hugs her team before competing in the Badwater Ultramarathon in Death Valley National Park, California, July 15, 2013. REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson

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<p>A competitor runs with bandaged knees during the Badwater Ultramarathon in Death Valley National Park, California, July 15, 2013. REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson</p>

A competitor runs with bandaged knees during the Badwater Ultramarathon in Death Valley National Park, California, July 15, 2013. REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson

A competitor runs with bandaged knees during the Badwater Ultramarathon in Death Valley National Park, California, July 15, 2013. REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson

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<p>Carlos Alberto Gomes De Sa of Portugal (L) walks with his pace setter on his way to winning the Badwater Ultramarathon at the foot of Mount Whitney, California, July 16, 2013.  REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson</p>

Carlos Alberto Gomes De Sa of Portugal (L) walks with his pace setter on his way to winning the Badwater Ultramarathon at the foot of Mount Whitney, California, July 16, 2013. REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson

Carlos Alberto Gomes De Sa of Portugal (L) walks with his pace setter on his way to winning the Badwater Ultramarathon at the foot of Mount Whitney, California, July 16, 2013. REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson

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<p>A competitor has his feet examined by a medic during the Badwater Ultramarathon in Death Valley National Park, California, July 15, 2013. REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson</p>

A competitor has his feet examined by a medic during the Badwater Ultramarathon in Death Valley National Park, California, July 15, 2013. REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson

A competitor has his feet examined by a medic during the Badwater Ultramarathon in Death Valley National Park, California, July 15, 2013. REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson

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<p>Carlos Alberto Gomes De Sa of Portugal (R) runs with his pace setter on his way to winning the Badwater Ultramarathon at the foot of Mount Whitney, California, July 16, 2013.  REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson</p>

Carlos Alberto Gomes De Sa of Portugal (R) runs with his pace setter on his way to winning the Badwater Ultramarathon at the foot of Mount Whitney, California, July 16, 2013. REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson

Carlos Alberto Gomes De Sa of Portugal (R) runs with his pace setter on his way to winning the Badwater Ultramarathon at the foot of Mount Whitney, California, July 16, 2013. REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson

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<p>Grant Maughan of Australia (C, red cap) celebrates with his team after finishing second in the Badwater Ultramarathon at the foot of Mount Whitney, California, July 16, 2013.  REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson</p>

Grant Maughan of Australia (C, red cap) celebrates with his team after finishing second in the Badwater Ultramarathon at the foot of Mount Whitney, California, July 16, 2013. REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson

Grant Maughan of Australia (C, red cap) celebrates with his team after finishing second in the Badwater Ultramarathon at the foot of Mount Whitney, California, July 16, 2013. REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson

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<p>Competitors run in the Badwater Ultramarathon in Death Valley National Park, California, July 15, 2013. REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson</p>

Competitors run in the Badwater Ultramarathon in Death Valley National Park, California, July 15, 2013. REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson

Competitors run in the Badwater Ultramarathon in Death Valley National Park, California, July 15, 2013. REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson

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<p>Keith Straw, 58, competes during the Badwater Ultramarathon dressed in a tutu in Death Valley National Park, California, July 15, 2013.  REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson</p>

Keith Straw, 58, competes during the Badwater Ultramarathon dressed in a tutu in Death Valley National Park, California, July 15, 2013. REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson

Keith Straw, 58, competes during the Badwater Ultramarathon dressed in a tutu in Death Valley National Park, California, July 15, 2013. REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson

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<p>Carlos Alberto Gomes De Sa of Portugal sits down after winning the Badwater Ultramarathon at the foot of Mount Whitney, California, July 16, 2013.
REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson</p>

Carlos Alberto Gomes De Sa of Portugal sits down after winning the Badwater Ultramarathon at the foot of Mount Whitney, California, July 16, 2013. REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson

Carlos Alberto Gomes De Sa of Portugal sits down after winning the Badwater Ultramarathon at the foot of Mount Whitney, California, July 16, 2013. REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson

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<p>A man shows a Badwater tattoo during the Badwater Ultramarathon in Death Valley National Park, California, July 15, 2013. REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson</p>

A man shows a Badwater tattoo during the Badwater Ultramarathon in Death Valley National Park, California, July 15, 2013. REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson

A man shows a Badwater tattoo during the Badwater Ultramarathon in Death Valley National Park, California, July 15, 2013. REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson

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<p>Oswaldo Lopez of Mexico, 41, (L) competes in the Badwater Ultramarathon in Death Valley National Park, California, July 15, 2013.  REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson</p>

Oswaldo Lopez of Mexico, 41, (L) competes in the Badwater Ultramarathon in Death Valley National Park, California, July 15, 2013. REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson

Oswaldo Lopez of Mexico, 41, (L) competes in the Badwater Ultramarathon in Death Valley National Park, California, July 15, 2013. REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson

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<p>Shannon Farar-Griefer, 52, of Hidden Hills, California (lying down), is attended to by her team after stopping to drink water as she competes in the Badwater Ultramarathon in Death Valley National Park, California, July 15, 2013. REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson</p>

Shannon Farar-Griefer, 52, of Hidden Hills, California (lying down), is attended to by her team after stopping to drink water as she competes in the Badwater Ultramarathon in Death Valley National Park, California, July 15, 2013. REUTERS/Lucy...more

Shannon Farar-Griefer, 52, of Hidden Hills, California (lying down), is attended to by her team after stopping to drink water as she competes in the Badwater Ultramarathon in Death Valley National Park, California, July 15, 2013. REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson

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<p>Shannon Farar-Griefer, 52, of Hidden Hills, California, (L) is given water by her team as she competes in the Badwater Ultramarathon in Death Valley National Park, California, July 15, 2013. REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson</p>

Shannon Farar-Griefer, 52, of Hidden Hills, California, (L) is given water by her team as she competes in the Badwater Ultramarathon in Death Valley National Park, California, July 15, 2013. REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson

Shannon Farar-Griefer, 52, of Hidden Hills, California, (L) is given water by her team as she competes in the Badwater Ultramarathon in Death Valley National Park, California, July 15, 2013. REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson

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<p>Competitors run in the Badwater Ultramarathon in Death Valley National Park, California, July 15, 2013. REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson</p>

Competitors run in the Badwater Ultramarathon in Death Valley National Park, California, July 15, 2013. REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson

Competitors run in the Badwater Ultramarathon in Death Valley National Park, California, July 15, 2013. REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson

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<p>Badwater, in Death Valley National Park, the lowest elevation in the Western Hemisphere at 280 feet below sea level, is seen at sunrise in California, July 15, 2013.  REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson</p>

Badwater, in Death Valley National Park, the lowest elevation in the Western Hemisphere at 280 feet below sea level, is seen at sunrise in California, July 15, 2013. REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson

Badwater, in Death Valley National Park, the lowest elevation in the Western Hemisphere at 280 feet below sea level, is seen at sunrise in California, July 15, 2013. REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson

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<p>Grant Maughan of Australia celebrates after finishing second in the Badwater Ultramarathon at the foot of Mount Whitney, California, July 16, 2013.REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson</p>

Grant Maughan of Australia celebrates after finishing second in the Badwater Ultramarathon at the foot of Mount Whitney, California, July 16, 2013.REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson

Grant Maughan of Australia celebrates after finishing second in the Badwater Ultramarathon at the foot of Mount Whitney, California, July 16, 2013.REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson

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<p>Keith Straw, 58, competes during the Badwater Ultramarathon in Death Valley National Park, California, July 15, 2013. REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson</p>

Keith Straw, 58, competes during the Badwater Ultramarathon in Death Valley National Park, California, July 15, 2013. REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson

Keith Straw, 58, competes during the Badwater Ultramarathon in Death Valley National Park, California, July 15, 2013. REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson

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<p>Ben Gaetos of the Philippines, 56, competes during the Badwater Ultramarathon in Death Valley National Park, California, July 15, 2013. REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson</p>

Ben Gaetos of the Philippines, 56, competes during the Badwater Ultramarathon in Death Valley National Park, California, July 15, 2013. REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson

Ben Gaetos of the Philippines, 56, competes during the Badwater Ultramarathon in Death Valley National Park, California, July 15, 2013. REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson

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<p>Glen Redpath of Canada, 47, competes during the Badwater Ultramarathon in Death Valley National Park, California, July 15, 2013. REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson</p>

Glen Redpath of Canada, 47, competes during the Badwater Ultramarathon in Death Valley National Park, California, July 15, 2013. REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson

Glen Redpath of Canada, 47, competes during the Badwater Ultramarathon in Death Valley National Park, California, July 15, 2013. REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson

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<p>A competitor is reflected in a car mirror as he competes in the Badwater Ultramarathon in Death Valley National Park, California, July 15, 2013.  REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson</p>

A competitor is reflected in a car mirror as he competes in the Badwater Ultramarathon in Death Valley National Park, California, July 15, 2013. REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson

A competitor is reflected in a car mirror as he competes in the Badwater Ultramarathon in Death Valley National Park, California, July 15, 2013. REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson

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<p>Chris Moon of Britain (R), 51, and Shannon Farar-Griefer, 52, of Hidden Hills, California, compete in the Badwater Ultramarathon in Death Valley National Park, California, July 15, 2013. REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson</p>

Chris Moon of Britain (R), 51, and Shannon Farar-Griefer, 52, of Hidden Hills, California, compete in the Badwater Ultramarathon in Death Valley National Park, California, July 15, 2013. REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson

Chris Moon of Britain (R), 51, and Shannon Farar-Griefer, 52, of Hidden Hills, California, compete in the Badwater Ultramarathon in Death Valley National Park, California, July 15, 2013. REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson

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<p>Keith Straw, 58, competes during the Badwater Ultramarathon in Death Valley National Park, California, July 15, 2013. REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson</p>

Keith Straw, 58, competes during the Badwater Ultramarathon in Death Valley National Park, California, July 15, 2013. REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson

Keith Straw, 58, competes during the Badwater Ultramarathon in Death Valley National Park, California, July 15, 2013. REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson

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<p>Runner compete during the Badwater Ultramarathon in Death Valley National Park, California, July 15, 2013. REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson</p>

Runner compete during the Badwater Ultramarathon in Death Valley National Park, California, July 15, 2013. REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson

Runner compete during the Badwater Ultramarathon in Death Valley National Park, California, July 15, 2013. REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson

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<p>Ed Ettinghausen, 50 competes in the Badwater Ultramarathon in Death Valley National Park, California, July 15, 2013. REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson</p>

Ed Ettinghausen, 50 competes in the Badwater Ultramarathon in Death Valley National Park, California, July 15, 2013. REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson

Ed Ettinghausen, 50 competes in the Badwater Ultramarathon in Death Valley National Park, California, July 15, 2013. REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson

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<p>Lorie Alexander of Canada, 54, competes in the Badwater Ultramarathon in Death Valley National Park, California, July 15, 2013. REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson</p>

Lorie Alexander of Canada, 54, competes in the Badwater Ultramarathon in Death Valley National Park, California, July 15, 2013. REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson

Lorie Alexander of Canada, 54, competes in the Badwater Ultramarathon in Death Valley National Park, California, July 15, 2013. REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson

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