Event Date:November 17, 2018

Death Valley Century

Century & Half Century Options!

2018 Entry Fees*:
Until 9am November 15th or event sells out: $145.*
* Prior to registering, if you know you can bring someone to help out, please email us and we’ll give you a coupon code to use during registration for an instant 20% off.  By joining the event staff, the volunteer earns an entry to a future single day event for only $25.  If the volunteer is a non-rider then YOU can have the entry. So you get two nice deals: An instant discount for promising to bring a volunteer, and a $25 entry fee for your next event.

Entry includes three fully stocked checkpoints along the route with water and a great selection of food and snacks; roving SAG support; Death Valley Century tech tee and finisher award (guaranteed only for those who sign up at least 30 days in advance); per rider donation to both Death Valley Natural History Association and Challenged Athletes Foundation.

*Due to strict permit requirements imposed by Death Valley National Park, entry fees are higher than our standard century event pricing. In addition to expensive permit fees required by NPS and Cal Trans, Planet Ultra must hire 2 ambulances and also at least 2 National Park Service Ranger Monitors for the duration of the event. With the 300-rider limit, the per person cost is much, much greater. To make this event possible, we do have to charge more. We think it’s worth it!

Please read our registration and cancellation policies; and everything below before signing up. Our DVNP permit imposes various restrictions and requires that we enforce very strict rules. We need all participants to understand and agree to respect and abide by the rules of this event.

OneStopRaceRegisterNow Click the Register Now button to sign up online. Due to the restricted rider-limit and the cost to host this event, we’re unable to accept volunteer vouchers this event. Please read our new cancellation policy before registering. LIMITED TO 300 RIDERS!


Jerseys are to available to purchase during registration until September 15th. Thereafter you may purchase for $80 at the event.



Host Hotel: 

The Oasis At Death Valley (formerly Furnace Creek Ranch).  Our group rate for 2018 is $165 per night (plus resort fees/taxes) for a standard room with two queens.  Call (760) 786-2345 and request group block code 773721 (Planet Ultra group). The discount expires October 10th, so please make your reservations early.  For those who prefer to camp, The Ranch has a private RV Resort and campground; and there are 9 National Park Service campgrounds ranging from full hookups to primitive.

Start / Finish Location:  Grass area/road near building 400. See map.

Check In:
Friday night from 6:30-9pm at our host hotel; on the patio/grass area behind Room 401. The newly constructed conference center unfortunately is not ready in time. 

Start Times:
7am wave starts of 20 riders in increments 2 minutes (based on recommendations by Death Valley National Park staff)

Time Limit:
8 hours – based on the earliest start at 7am. All riders must be off the course by 3pm.
Strict cut-off at Furnace Creek Aid Station at mile 54 (required by DVNP permit): Century riders must leave the Furnace Creek Aid Station no later than 11:15am.

Ride Description:  This epic route is both scenic and challenging, covering 100 miles with about 4,500′ climbing. The first 55 miles is an out and back to Badwater and beyond. The next 46 miles include a challenging 6.5 mile, 2000′ climb up Daylight Pass (Mud Canyon) to Hells Gate and back via Beatty Road.

Route Sheets and GPS Files:
Please note that advance route sheets and gps files are provided as a courtesy and you use them at your own risk. Planet Ultra doesn’t guarantee accuracy. Please further note the following very important caveats:

  1. The ROUTE SHEET is gospel. Whenever the route sheet and the GPS unit disagree, the route sheet is correct.
  2. A GPS can (and will) route a rider over a cliff. There’s really no substitute for the human brain, so please use yours.
  3. Never depend solely on a GPS. Bring your route sheet, and know how to follow it.
  4. GPS batteries on many “bicycle” GPS units may not last for a century. Make sure you’ve arranged for additional power.
  5. Click here to see the 100-mile route (which includes aid station locations). The 50-mile route is simply the first half. You may also download GPS files from this site.

Routing and Navigation:
Planet Ultra route sheets include lots of information to help riders navigate the course. For example, we tell you if a turn is at a stop sign (SS), traffic light (TL) or T-intersection (T-int). We know that riders prefer course markings; but Death Valley National Park does not allow it. Besides, there are only 7 turns on the entire route – several of which are at T-intersections where it’s obvious! If you are particularly navigationally challenged, please get a GPS and download the route!

Aid Station Edibles: 
At each aid station in addition to water of course, you’ll find a variety of snacks to keep you energized. Generally speaking we offer Clif bars, fruit/nut bars, fig bars and the like. We often have PBJ sandwiches at one station and trail mix or other salty snack at another. Everything is pre-packaged as required by the health department; and portable so you can eat on the go and put something in your jersey pocket for later.

Personal SAG Vehicles:
Not allowed! If you bring one, you’ll be disqualified from the event without warning. The definition of a personal SAG is any vehicle (motor or otherwise), anywhere on the route, operated by someone other than Planet Ultra staff, that is providing any type of aid, assistance, or motivation, or taking photographs, or simply out cheering. Please understand that our permits simply don’t allow dozens of extra vehicles on the roads or at the checkpoint locations. Imagine the traffic from all those cars! If you’re bringing someone with you who wants to be out on the course, please have them contact us and join our volunteer staff.

We always need volunteers! Click here for info about available positions.