Kanuga embarks on ultimate endurance test

Cayman Islands runner Kerri Kanuga embarked on her fourth running of the Badwater 135 ultramarathon late Monday night.

Kanuga was one of just 69 people to finish the 135‑mile race in 2018, when the test of endurance took her more than 38 hours to complete.

Kanuga finished the first leg of her race to Furnace Creek – a distance of 17.5 miles – in three hours, 31 minutes, and completed the 26.8‑mile leg to Stovepipe Wells in five hours, 25 minutes. By press time Tuesday, she was on her way to the third checkpoint.

Last year, she finished those two legs in nearly identical times (3:33 and 5:24 respectively.)

Kerri Kanuga was hurtling toward the third checkpoint of the Badwater 135 ultramarathon – Panamint Springs and the 72.7-mile marker – at press time on Tuesday. She’ll still have 62.3 miles – more than two full marathons – to go once she crosses that threshold.