Posted by: Bonnie Phelps | February 18, 2015

Badwater Race to Palomar in May

Joseph nakamura Salton Sea to Palomar Badwater Race  joe 2.jpg  Palomar mountain Badwater race

This is one tough race to begin at the Salton Sea and run the 81 miles to Palomar.  Last year it was 99 degrees out in Borrego where they went through a wind storm before reaching the mountain.  It was after dark when they hit Ranchita, then greeted with rain and 34 degrees on the Mountain. I learned about this race from Joseph Nakamura who participated last year an is back this year with a new team, staying at Cabin Fever.  I thought some of you subscribers would like to hear about the race, too and maybe even be out that first Sunday night in May to cheer them on to the finish line.

Last year Joseph raced with Nathan Longcrier and JP Sakamoto.  This year Nathan is returning with a mixed team (male and female) which is sponsored by the 100 Mile Club alongside his team.  His team consists of Robert Whited, Mikey Lopez, and himself.  Mikey is a Corona Police Officer and SWAT team member.  This will be Mikey’s first time racing past 32 miles.  Robert is 50 years young, 4% bodyfat and full of energy.  Robert has finished well at some of California’s toughest 50 and 100 mile races.  Joe is guessing it will be tough for them to keep up with Robert.

Badwater Race Website 

See Joseph’s video of the 2014 Race in One Minute.

Joseph is a board member for the 100 Mile Club volunteering his team to help fight child inactivity.  He runs with kids at schools, and shares at their assemblies speaking about how exercise, running and walking are so important.   He is glad to give you more info about the race, and has a goal to celebrating with you a 1st place victory.  Joseph is hoping that Nathan’s team takes 1st place for the mixed division and his team takes 1st overall.  They’re certainly training for it!

Check out the 100 Mile Club racing to encourage Activity!   

Joe Nakamura

“I am in the opinion that my life belongs to the whole community and as long as I live, it is my privilege to do for it whatever I can.  I want to be thoroughly used up when I die, for the harder I work the more I live.” – George Bernard Shaw


  1. Hi Bonnie, What time are they expected to start up the mountain? Are they running up East Grade Road? We’d like to cheer them on as they go by our place!

  2. The finish line is right off State Park Road, at the beautiful Upper Meadow Lodge.

  3. Hi Bonnie, Where is the finish?

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