Ironman and ultra-marathon man Lim Nghee Huat will be running 217km to raise funds for St Hilda’s Community Services Centre. Nghee Huat has been accepted to race in the Badwater Ultramarathon 2014 on 21-23 July 2014 in Lone Pine, CA. Covering 217km non-stop from the hottest place on earth near Death Valley to Mt. Whitney, in temperatures up above 50’C, and a 48 hours time limit, this legendary event is one of the most demanding and extreme running races offered anywhere on the planet.
The new and improved 217km International Championship event will feature an incredible new route based in Lone Pine, CA and features over 19,000 feet of elevation gain, two dramatic ascents into the Sierra Nevada, and a 15-mile dirt road trek to an authentic ghost town. The two highest mountains with height of 10,000 ft and 9,000 ft respectively, will be the highest mountains Nghee Huat would ever experience and it would be the toughest race in his running history. 100 runners from 21 countries have been invited to compete in its 37th anniversary edition.
Nghee Huat is the first Asian runner competing in this ultramarathon event. A running champion since 1972, Nghee Huat set two national records when he ran 168km round the island to help raise funds for NTU’s Endowment Fund in 2005. He was then 52, the oldest runner. He emerged in first placing with a timing of 24 hours 45 minutes. In July 2007, Nghee Huat completed in 217km Death Valley Challenge, USA, the world hottest non-stop foot run with a time of 51 hours 49 minutes. He raised more than S$200,000 for Mountbatten Citizens’ Consultative Committee (CCC) through this endeavour.
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