A Middleton man is participating in a 135-mile ultramarathon for the second time to raise money for charity.
Darren Fortney is running in the Badwater Ultramarathon, a nonstop race from Death Valley to Mount Whitney, Calif., in temperatures up to 130 degrees.
He ran the race in 36 hours a few years ago and hopes to raise money, again, for the local Gilda's Club for cancer patients and their families.
As a cancer survivor himself, Fortney said running is his way of pushing his body and giving back.
"There are only a few opportunities in life I think to actually take your mind and body to places like that," Fortney said.
Fortney started at noon Monday, and http://badisbad2011.blogspot.com/ is giving blog updates on his progress.
He said he will go through three pairs of shoes, two iPods and up three mountains through the night.