Death Valley puts brakes on running, cycling races

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Updated: 12/23/2013 3:35 pm

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Death Valley National Park is putting the brakes on ultramarathons and other extreme sports events that involve running and cycling until rangers can determine how safe it is to hold those competitions in a place that records the hottest temperatures on Earth.

A timetable for the safety review's completion hasn't been given. But until it is done, park officials say they will accept no new applications for cycling or running competitions in the park.

Park spokeswoman Cheryl Chipman said Monday that one previously scheduled event will go ahead as planned.

The suspension means the popular Badwater 135 ultramarathon that takes runners from the lowest point in the Western Hemisphere to the trailhead of the highest peak in the contiguous United States will have to make a detour.

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Speed - 12/24/2013 11:49 AM
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I'm sure the competitors are well aware of the risks. Have each one sign a notarized release to hold the Park and officials blameless and let the competitions continue. It's NOT the Government's job to prevent people from doing things just because THEY think it'll be a risk to those participating. The Government's job is to stay out of the people's lives as much as possible.
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