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Cumulative vertical ascent: 13,000 feet
Cumulative vertical descent: 4,700 feet
Total elevation change: 8,300 feet
FIRST CLIMB: Towne Pass, elevation 4,956 feet. The leaders will climb it in the early evening.
START: Death Valley, the lowest point in the Western Hemisphere
LAST CLIMB: The final 13 miles of the race are up the side of Mount Whitney, a 4,750-foot increase in elevation. The leaders will tackle it in the middle of the day. "Everyone walks," says Pearlman. "The winner walks. You've had one night of sleep deprivation. You're hot, you haven't slept. Everyone pretty much agrees it's the four or five worst hours of your life."