Two Singaporeans set out to conquer the infamous Death Valley in America on 13th July. From 18 - 20 July, National Junior College teacher Yong Yuen Cheng and MediaCorp News Senior Producer, Chairman of Mountbatten CCC Lim Ngee Huat will attempt to cover 217 kilometres from California’s Death Valley to Mount Whitney.
The challenge commences on 18th July, 11pm Singapore time.
Death Valley in California, bordering Nevada, is the world's hottest, driest and most inhospitable environments on the planet. It has less than 2 inches of rain a year with temperatures hitting 56.7 Celsius. Some call it Hell on earth. It is a place of extremes. Nowhere else is a landscape so exquisite yet brutal, stunning yet harsh.
Every July, the Badwater Death Valley Ultramarathon is held here. It is a non-stop 333 km footrace across the hottest place on earth. Running in temperatures of up to 55 degrees Celsius, and on a road surface of up to 84 degrees Celsius, it is not uncommon for shoes to melt. Combined with an elevation of 4,000 metres and a drop of 3,000 m over it's course, it is clear why this race is known in "ultra circles" as the toughest one there is.
During training sessions in Singapore last year, they almost gave up due to the heat, but they have other strategies. Mr Lim has prepared a cooler box to put ice and water in the box. Approximately every hour or so, he would put his body in the cold water for a few minutes so that his body temperature will drop.
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