Ep 55: Chris Kostman, the Race Director of Badwater 135, Speaks About the History, Application Process and Traits for Being Successful at the Badwater
Chris Kostman is the Chief Adventure Officer at AdventureCORPS and the Race Director of the worldwide series of Badwater events. In this episode of Run with Fitpage, Chris talks all about Badwater 135, the toughest footrace on Earth with our host Vikas Singh.
00:00 – About this episode
02:00 – Welcome Chris Kostman to the show!
02:13 – Chris Kostman before Badwater
09:19 – What is Badwater? What is the Death Valley?
15:03 – How does one think about qualifying for the race?
20:34 – More ways to prove credibility
25:43 – How can one start to train for Badwater?
31:09 – What are the types of people who go ahead to win, or even complete in the race?
36:01 – Chris’ job as a race director – managing to be with every athlete, and standing for the at the finish line — the role of the race director
41:54 – Chris on his own training and athletic career
47:47 – Advice to runners in India
54:46 – Chris loves India!
Chris got his start early in ultra sports: He set world ultra-cycling records in high school in 1984 and 1985 (riding against the clock from San Francisco City Hall to Los Angeles City Hall) and completed the 3127-mile Race Across America bicycle race in less than eleven days at age 20. That was a springboard to competing in events as diverse as the Triple Ironman in France, the 6.5-mile Skaha Lake Ultra Swim in Canada, three 100-mile snowshoe races in Alaska, six Ironman Triathlons, an Ultraman-distance triathlon stage race in Vermont, the Boston Marathon, and many other endurance races. Hand in hand with his athletic career, Chris has been producing some of the toughest endurance events on the planet since 1984 through his company, AdventureCORPS, Inc. Chris has also published over 250 articles about the endurance world, adventure, travel, archaeology, human potential, and the outdoor way of life.
Connect with Chris Kostman:
Instagram: @BadwaterHQ / @ChrisKostman
FB: Chris Kostman
About Vikas Singh:
Vikas Singh, an MBA from Chicago Booth, worked at Goldman Sachs, Morgan Stanley, APGlobale and Reliance before coming up with an idea of democratizing fitness knowledge and helping beginners get on a fitness journey. Vikas is an avid long-distance runner, building fitpage to help people learn, train, and move better.
For more information on Vikas, or to leave any feedback and requests, you can reach out to him via the channels below:
LinkedIn: Vikas Singh
About the Podcast: Run with Fitpage
This podcast series is built to bring science and research from the endurance sports industry. These may help you learn and implement these in your training, recovery, and nutrition journey. We invite coaches, exercise scientists, researchers, nutritionists, doctors, and inspiring athletes to come and share their knowledge and stories with us. So, whether you’re just getting started with running or want to get better at it, this podcast is for you!
This podcast has been recorded via Zoom Conferencing.