Frank McKinney takes the ‘Man Versus Death Valley’ challenge for the 7th time, choosing to “selectively endure suffering and sacrifice a little for those who are suffering a lot” as a way to raise money for the villages his Caring House Project Foundation builds in Haiti.
On July 16-18, real estate artist and philanthro-capitalist Frank McKinney will once again race in the Death Valley Badwater 135-mile Ultramarathon; described by National Geographic as the world’s toughest footrace. McKinney is hoping to become the 15th person to finish this unbelievably demanding feat seven or more times.
The Badwater Ultramarathon, established in 1987, is an invitation-only race held during the desert’s hottest time of the year. This year, an expected 95 runners from 20 countries will participate and about 30% of these ultra-athletes will not finish.
The reason so few have completed this grueling race is that the course traverses 135 miles through the Mojave, over three mountain ranges, and finishes nearly 8,500 feet above sea level.
The air temperatures can exceed 130 degrees, while ground temps on the blacktop road are 200+ degrees, high enough to melt the gel in your shoes, not to mention fry your brain right inside your skull. There are no aid stations.
Known as the creative force behind some of the world’s most magnificent mansions, McKinney is a true maverick without peer in the risky world of speculative, high-end real estate, earning him the title of “king of ready-made dream homes” by USA Today and “real-estate rock czar” by The Wall Street Journal.
This five-time bestselling author reveals in his newest release, The Tap, the most important spiritual principle he attributes to his astronomical success and explains how God has tapped him (and taps everyone) many times in life, answering prayers and presenting life-changing opportunities.
In The Tap, McKinney explains what moved him to undertake the Badwater Ultramarathon. He summarizes it this way:
“We feel most alive when experiencing extremes for the benefit of others. Badwater, and all the suffering and sacrifice prior to and during the race, is endured for those who have no choice but to suffer immensely every day.”
The Frank McKinney brand has captivated the media and public for a quarter century.
His vision and risk-taking have been the subject of numerous international television, radio and print features.
Frank was recently featured on ABC’s 20/20 with Martin Bashir, the cover of USA Today, the Oprah Winfrey Show, CBS’ The Early Show, CNN, Discovery Channel, Travel Channel, HGTV, CBN TV, National Public Radio (NPR), in The Wall Street Journal, NY Times, Bloomberg, Fortune, Barrons, Town and Country, Robb Report, The Nightly Business Report (PBS) and in over 1,550 additional TV and print stories.