This annual race runs (in the middle of summer, mind you) 135 miles from Death Valley to the trailhead on Mt. Whitney (almost 9000' elevation). With the various passes, there's nearly 13000' of incline. This year, the runners have endured 120 degree temps and a giant sandstorm.
Most of the runners are still on the course, but the winner finished in just under 23 hours - only a minute off the course record.
Harvey Lewis, a school teacher from Cincinnati, ran the final mile (which is on a very steep incline) in 4:30 to finish fourth.
Currently on the final miles, Art Webb, at 70 years old looks like he will finish somewhere around 32 hours.
I've driven this course in reverse, in a car, after climbing Mt. Whitney. I can't even begin to imagine what this is like.
Originally the race concluded at the top of Mt. Whitney (14,500'), but now runs only to the end of the paved road.