Contact Us

A Guy Is Hoping to Set a World Record Running in 130-Degree Heat Wearing a Darth Vader Costume [VIDEO]

If you think it’s hot out, try this: every year in Death Valley, California, there’s something called the Badwater Ultramarathon where a bunch of crazy people run 135 miles in temperatures that top 120 degrees.

It’s an extreme sport called “heat running.” But apparently running in extreme heat gets boring after a while, so a guy named Jonathan Rice added a new element.

For the past few years, he’s been going to Death Valley and running one-mile sprints in a full Darth Vader costume.

He calls it the “Darth Valley Challenge” and it’s actually becoming popular. Now other runners are showing up dressed as “Star Wars” characters including Princess Leia, R2-D2, Chewbacca, and Yoda.

This year, Rice did it in 129-degree heat and clocked in at six minutes, thirty-six seconds.  That’s about 20 seconds shy of his personal record. But he was specifically trying to set a world record for the “hottest verified run.”

The official temperature when he started his run was 129 degrees.  He’s still waiting to hear back from Guinness.

Best of The River 107.9

Recommended For You

Around the Web

Leave a Comment

It appears that you already have an account created within our VIP network of sites on . To keep your personal information safe, we need to verify that it's really you. To activate your account, please confirm your password. When you have confirmed your password, you will be able to log in through Facebook on both sites.

Forgot your password?

*Please note that your prizes and activities will not be shared between programs within our VIP network.

It appears that you already have an account on this site associated with . To connect your existing account just click on the account activation button below. You will maintain your existing VIP profile. After you do this, you will be able to always log in to http://theriver1079.com using your original account information.

*Please note that your prizes and activities will not be shared between programs within our VIP network.

Please fill out the information below to help us provide you a better experience.

(Forgot your password?)

Not a member? Sign up here

Sign up for River Rewards quickly by connecting your Facebook account. It's just as secure and no password to remember!

Sign up to have exclusive River Rewards contests, events, coupons, presales, and much more delivered to you for FREE.