Pole wins ultramarathon in Death Valley in record time

Patrycja Bereznowska won the Badwater Ultramarathon in the Death Valley, California, considered the world's toughest foot race.

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The run is approximately 103 km long and the differences in altitude amount to as much as 7150 meters.

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The Polish athlete finished the 217-km-long ultramarathon in 24 hours and 13 minutes, beating the previous record by 100 minutes.

She not only won the female’s category by over five hours but finished second in the open category, losing only to Japanese Yoshihiko Ishikawa by 2.5 hours.

The 43-year-old is Poland’s best ultramarathoner. She specialises in the 24-hour run, an event in which she is both World and European Champion.

The Badwater Ultramarathon takes place in the Death Valley, one of the hottest places in the world and the lowest elevation in North America. The athletes need to run a 217-kilometre-long route with a cumulative elevation gain of over 4,000 metres.

Due to the gruelling conditions, with temperatures reaching 50 degrees Celsius, few ultramarathoners are capable of finishing the race. There is no prize money for the winners.

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