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Eielson still beating the heat in Death Valley

DEATH VALLEY, Calif. – Glenwood Springs resident Ken Eielson was still moving along in the depths of Death Valley at Badwater Ultramarathon as of Wednesday night.

Eielson reached Panamint, the third checkpoint, at 11:01 a.m. Wednesday and headed toward the Darwin checkpoint in the 135-mile run in the searing mid-day temperatures.

The race began Tuesday at 6 a.m. at Badwater – 280 feet below sea level – and ends at Whitney Portals on Mt. Whitney at 8,360 feet. Temperatures Tuesday reached 128 degrees.

While Eielson still has some miles to travel – runners have 60 hours to complete the course – two runners finished the race Wednesday by press time.

Pam Reed of Tuscon, Ariz., was the first to cross the line with a total time of 28 hours, 26 minutes, 52 seconds. Dean Karnazes of San Francisco was second in 28:51:26.

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