Central Valley

Madera runner second in extreme race

Madera runner Oswaldo Lopez finished second today in the Badwater Ultramarathon, a grueling 135-mile footrace held every July in some of the hottest and most extreme conditions on Earth.

Lopez, 37, crossed the finish line at 10:36 a.m., 24 hours, 36 minutes and 7 seconds after leaving the starting line in Death Valley National Park. The course goes from Badwater, the lowest point in the Western Hemisphere at 282 feet below sea level, to Whitney Portal (elevation 8,360 feet) at the base of Mount Whitney outside Lone Pine.

Lopez trailed only Marcos Farinazzo of Brazil, who finished in 23:39:18. It was Lopez' first Badwater Ultra.