Monday, July 30, 2012

Badwater 2012

"Faith is being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see" Hebrews 11:1.
Badwater 2012
It is Monday July 16th, 2012 at 6am, the journey starts. It is difficult, and sometimes I felt that's an understatement. Emotions flooded my heart as we started. Here I am, a complete rookie, standing at the start line with some of the most amazing people from all across the world. Lots ahead of us that we will face: heat, dehydration, weakness, complete exhaustion, and pain. Pain that lingers for a very long time! But despite all that, looking at the cross and the blood shed on the cross, I found much comfort and peace. Remember what God promised, Trust him and He will give you the ability to get it done.
It's in the suffering that we grow in our character. We get to experience Christ working in us, transforming our character, enabling us and sustaining us in every way possible. Ahhh... to let go, completely, and let him be the driver. I kept thinking," I got the easy job here, all I got to do is lift my foot up, and He'll move it forward".
Badwater was one of the most incredible experiences I ever went through, life transforming in every way. I pray the message lives and prospers: In choosing the difficult path, we are allowed to grow. Every step of the journey will shape and strengthen your character. 
It is Wednesday July 18th, 2012 at 2:08am, the journey stops.
Badwater 2012. Levi Rizk. M28. Time: 44:08
Support crew: Mandy Rizk (crew chief, and the love of my life), and Matt Kracht (Butch, seems like the guy you meet on the run, and remains a close friend for life)

Some pictures below:

2012 Badwater: I'm Running Badwater interview


  1. Levi, Congratulations on a excellent race and an incredible accomplishment! Your profession caught my attention on the roster and I watched and prayed for your progress during the race. I'm thrilled for you and your crew!

    Jo Baxter, Badwater Hopeful
    jobaxter at

    1. Jo,
      Thank you so much for your prayers! God did so much in us during Badwater. It was an incredible experience.

  2. Congratulation my Hero ,God bless you and Mandy ,Dad and Mom

  3. Levi, this is David from Bartrams. I am so sorry I missed you and your wife at the end of the race. I left in a funk... Shoot me an email Thanks man.