2000 Badwater Ultramarathon Entrant Biographies, A-D

Last Name A-D - Last Name E-G - Last Name H-Mc - Last Name Me-P - Last Name Q-S - Last Name T-Z


Gerald Batchen
Bernardsville, NJ, USA
Occupation: Property Manager
Birthday: 05-06-69, Age: 31
Number of Years: 3
Number of Marathons: 4
50k-
50mi-
100km-
100mi-
100mi+-1

Previous Badwater Crewing: CREW FOR LISA SMITH

Ultra Run Experience: MARATHON DES SABLES 2000. WAS 28TH OVERALL OUT OF 683. WAS 140 DEGREES ON 2 OF THE DAYS.I FILMED THIS RACE FOR DISCOVERY THE YEAR BEFORE, AND WANTED TO RUN.

Weird Experience: MARATHON DES SABLES. I WOULD SAY MY EXPERIENCE WAS NOT WEIRD, IT WAS AN INCREDIBLE LEARNING EXPERIENCE.

Challenge: THE MARATHON DES SABLES. THIS WAS THE FIRST TIME I HAD DONE ANYTHING OVER A MARATHON. I FELT VERY FIT AND HAD AN AWESOME RACE.

Why: I HAVE JUST STARTED TO RUN ULTRAS. I LIKE TO CHALLENGE MY BODY AND MY MIND. YOU ALSO MEET SOME VERY INTERESTING PEOPLE, BESIDES MY COACH THINKS THIS RACE WOULD BE GOOD FOR ME.

Why Badwater: LISA SMITH AND I WOULD LIKE TO RUN THE RACE TOGETHER TO RAISE MONEY FOR STARVING CHILDREN.

Other Exp.: I DO ALOT OF CROSS TRAINING. I MT. BIKE, CROSS COUNTRY SKI, DOWN HILL SKI, SNOW SHOE, PLAY ON A HOCKEY TEAM, HIKE, KAYAK AND TRAIL RUNNING.

Charity: STARVING CHILDREN MISSIONS


Rich Bellante
San Juan Capistrano, CA, USA
Occupation: School Administrator
Birthday: 12/19/51, Age 48
Number of Years: 3
Number of Marathons: 4
50k- too numerous
50mi- too numerous
100km- 5 or 6
100mi- 6
100mi+-1

Ultra Run: Several- Leadville, 27:58 pushed hard for time; Angeles Crest, twice, but especially last time 32:00 – was tremendously challenged but held on; 1st ever, Western States in 1986 – satisfaction of finishing (28:24).

Weird Experience: PCT 50 – 12" of rain during the race.

Challenge: Spines to Pines Marathon, 1985 or so. Was longer than a marathon; I "thought I was a tough ultra runner" and DNF’d badly. Went back the next year to a satisfactory finish.

Why: Lifestyle. Ethos. Integrate love of nature and physical and mental challenges.

Why Badwater: As a long time ultra runner, it is appropriate for me to do so – honoring myself, my peers, and my sport.

Other Exp.: Continually involve myself in all-season sports up at my cabin at 7,000’.


Adam Bookspan
Aventura, FL, USA
Occupation: Musician / Athlete
Birthday: 01-12-66, Age: 34
Number of Years: 4
Number of Marathons: 35+
Distances:
50k-10
50mi-12
100km-4
100mi-3
100mi+-4
Previous Badwater Racing: Badwater 1998 Race-Walker winner, 1999 Race-Walker course record (only Walker ever to get the sub 48hr "runners'" buckle).
Previous Badwater Crewing: Numerous training trips to the course: including super-high mileage weeks,
biking, climbing of Whitney and Telescope peaks.
Previous Badwater Clinic No "clinic" experience, but Ben and Denise are my 2nd set of parents! We have trained together and climbed together on several occasions.

Ultra Run: Wickham Park, FL : 50Mile course record and first person ever to complete the course, 100K RRCA Race-Walking champion 1999 on the Rails to Trails course in Florida, 1999 Race-Walking Champion at the Mile High 24hr Challenge in CO (104M)

Ultra Run Experience: Badwater, any year. Great crew, great friends. A true reminder of why we do it! The desert is such a spiritual place for me, I'll come back for big miles as often as I am able!

Weird: I was doing the Cross-Florida (173m) as a solo venture and I started to hear more and more WEIRD things: sound effects, conversations, loud body noises (that may have in fact been me…), the whole thing was pretty freaky. By sunup, I was completely spooked, but moving forward.

Challenge: Always the next one... Badwater, the reasons are obvious.

Why: It's the best remedy for our modern world. It gives me time to explore the Spirit and replenish the Soul. Also, what a rush! I LOVE IT!!!

Why Badwater: This event has come to represent the best that life has to offer to me. It is a completely soul-uplifting adventure. Plus I've made wonderful friendships out there...

Other Exp.: Hi-Tec Adventure Racing Series. Numerous unsupported treks through the Canadian Rockies. Furnace Creek 508 in 2000!

Charity: Breast Cancer Research


Mary Campilongo
San Diego, California, USA
Occupation: Personal Trainer
Birthday: 01/27/58, Age: 42
Number of Years: 17
Number of Marathons: 1
50k-3
50mi-2
100km-1
100mi-1
100mi+-1

Ultra Run Experience: My first races, 50K (1998), 50M (1998), 100 miles (1999) (24 Hour track race). Because on those days I realized the impossible can become possible.

Weird Experience: The slight dementia that sets in in the very early morning hours of a 100 mile race before the dawn of the next day. You know you're not hallucinating but you know you're not firing on all pistons either.

Challenge: Resuming running the last two hours of the 24 Hour Track race and making my goal of 100 miles, after walking for 8 hours because the entire bottom of both my feet had blistered up, as well as most of my toes. My feet were so painful that I did not think I would be able to run again, but somehow I did.

Why: Because I feel happy when I am out on the trails. I feel peaceful and thankful for my life.

Why Badwater: Most simply, because I think I can do this. This race caught my interest years ago when my friend Barbara Warren told me about it. It is one of the most challenging of races and I vowed to myself to do it.


Ruben R. Cantu
Santee, CA, USA
Occupation: Aerospace Contracts Administrator
Birthday: March 27, 1943, Age: 57
Number of Years: 6
Number of Marathons: 23
50k-2
50mi-12
100km-0
100mi-4
100mi+-0

Previous Badwater Racing: none, only in my dreams (nightmares)
Previous Badwater Crewing: none, (read about other's experiences including Richard Benyo's Death Valley 300)

Ultra Run: Western States' deep hot canyons for heatand Leadville's Hopepass for altitude

Ultra Run Experience: Leadville, 1999. I live and train in the sea level streets in around San Diego. Highest training run ever was San Jacinto's 10,100 ft peak

Weird: While making the trail for Angeles Crest 100, I ran into a Black bear at night (I was alone), perhaps not weird but scary for the bear (1998).

Challenge: My first Western States 1995 and leadville 99. both times I had virtually none running pacers. especially 99 in Leadville, I did not even know my crew and they turned out to be the best crew ever.

Why: the typical reasons; cause I can and they are challenging. No one can run the miles for you no matter how great a crew or pacer.

Why Badwater: The next challenge. Iditirun next??

Other Exp.: Cycling 50 and 100 mile events before I discovered Untra Running.


Joe Decker
Gaithersburg, MD, US
website: www.bodyconstructioninc.com
Occupation: Fitness Trainer
Birthday: 03/12/70, Age: 30
Number of Years: 10
Number of Marathons: 10
50k-1
50mi-2
100km-
100mi-
100mi+-1

Previous Badwater Racing: I did Badwater last year. It was incredible! It changed my life forever.

Ultra Run Experience: Badwater ‘99 was the best ultra experience I have ever had. It taught me that a person can actually do anything they set their mind to if they don't give up.

Weird Experience: The experience with E.T. and fruit bats at the '99 Badwater.

Challenge: Badwater. Due to the rather warm temps.

Why: Simply for the challenge.

Why Badwater: I want to race it for my best friend and '99 Badwater crew chief that died a month after the race.

Other Exp.: Adventure racing- Endorphin Fix, Raid the North & the 2000 Raid


Maria De Jesus
St Helier, Jersey C.I., England
Occupation: Professional Athlete
Birthday: 1-1-65, Age: 35
Number of Years: 15
Number of Marathons: 23
50k-11
50mi-7
100km-
100mi-7
100mi+-1

Previous Badwater Racing: completed 1999, 4th lady, 43:10

Ultra Run: Marathon de Sables, Himilayan 100, eco chal, solomon x race, ace race series,polaris series lanzarote, jersey 50...

Ultra Run Experience: Badwater 135 in 1999 because its the toughest thing I have ever done - If you remember I only had one backup crew.

Weird Experience: Badwater 135 1999 because of torential rain, floods and storms at the start. It was more of a biblical experience than the start of an ultra race.

Challenge: Badwater 135 1999 because of the storms and heat and knee busting clibs through that go on and on…

Why: Because you only live once and I want to enjoy my life. It also helps to be slightly crazy.

Why Badwater: To beat my previous time and I dream of setting a new record.

Other Exp.: Too many Triathlons to mention, Mountain biking across the Hertz mountains and taking part in adventure races

Charity: I raise money for several charities but the cost of this race soakes up all my sponsorship. If there is any left over it will go to the British Heart Foundaation


Jack Denness
Rochester, Kent, England.
website: htpp://www.deathvalleyjack.freeserve.co.uk
Occupation: Driver
Birthday: 2-2-1935, Age: 65 years
Number of Years: 23
Number of Marathons: 100+
50k-6
50mi-5
100km-15
100mi-5
100mi+-10+
Previous Badwater Racing: 8 Hi-Tec Badwater races.+1 Death-Valley 300

Ultra Run Experience: "Out&Back", ie.Completed Hi-Tec Badwater 1994 race,then back to Badwater to complete "DEATH VALLEY 300"

Weird Experience: Seeing space ships-ghost waggon trains-the Devil-- old cars--etc.in all Badwater races,Yes of course hallunications!!!!

Challenge: With-out any doubt it must be the "DEATH VALLEY 300" Completed in 1994,becoming joint 5th ever to achieve this insane feat.--Why do it? I just had to do it!!!

Why: Can’t give a sensible answer to that!,suppose Imust be mad!!--But I do like the challenge doing some-thing that people say "You old geezers should keep to your zimmer-frames"

Why Badwater: Again,can’t give a sensible answer!may-be because of a love/hate relationship with Death-Valley----

But it is a great way to raise funds for charity!!!

Charity: Yes, most certainly,the U.K.Rotary Club charities.


Lisanne Dorion
Hamilton, Bermuda
Occupation: Attorney
Birthday: September 14 1965, Age: 34
Number of Years: 16
Number of Marathons: 4
50k-
50mi-
100km-
100mi-
100mi+-1

Ultra Run Experience: Maqrathon Des Sables- The surrounding scenery and individuals involved made the event more than a scurry through the Sahara. The atmosphere created by the organisers and participants elevated this amazing event to an even higher level.

Challenge: Exhausted and on the verge of being lost in the sahara and having only a russian and an Italian to try and communicate with.

Why: Why not? To challenge the mind and body- I'm not sure which one will win.

Why Badwater: I like hot weather events and events that appeal to the romantic/exotic in me...Death Valley just has a ring to it.

Charity: Yes- For the local Bermuda Hospital and SPCA


Leon J. Draxler
Sumner, WA, USA
Occupation: Engineer
Birthday: April 21, 1942, Age: 58
Number of Years: 25
Number of Marathons: 8
50k-2
50mi-7
100km-0
100mi-8
100mi+-0

Ultra Run: twice finished leadville 100; - finished '99' vermont 100 (was warm!)

Ultra Run Experience: being the oldest person (to date), to finish the 'last great race' (a grouping of six 100's in a four month period --- old dominion, western states, vermont trails, leadville, wasatch front, and angeles crest); summer of 1999; took special satisfaction in being the oldest to do it

Weird: Coldfoot Classic 100; October 1999; introduction to cold weather running, got down to –32 degrees, northern lites were spectacular, was on sensory overload the whole time, dropped at 75 miles (was the last person running, all others had dropped), in order that we could get going back to fairbanks, want to go back next october to complete the run.

Challenge: angeles crest 100, the last run of the 'last great race', was still tired from wasatch front two weeks earlier, got sick during the run, and after throwing up at mile 68, could not keep any food down for the rest of the run; september 1999; having to push throw being sick and keep going

Why: for the personal challenge; enjoy meeting the people ultras attrack, including the volunteers

Why Badwater: to see what kind of metal i am made of; to meet the Badwater 'family'

Other Exp.: climbing: have climbed mt. mckinley, mt. ranier, and mt. whitney


Stanley Duobinis
Millersville, Maryland, United
Occupation: economist
Birthday: 8-17-50, Age: 49
Number of Years: 20
Number of Marathons: 24
50k-10
50mi-11
100km-3
100mi-9
100mi+-0

Ultra Run: Leadville and western states

Ultra Run Experience: Completed Massanutten first time running in 34:53 00 -- 7 minutes below the deadline

Weird: Old Dominion in May, 1992 (trail markers were down and aid stations were closed before all racers came through), but still accomplished race in 28:00:00.

Challenge: Leadville because of the altitude

Why: Because I can and Margie Schlundt does (my spouse)

Why Badwater: It is a unique challenge

Other Exp.: Several triathlons and the 1 mile swim in the Chesapeake Bay

Resume:
1989 JFK 50M 11:04:40
1990 JFK 50M 9:16:15
1991 Wolfpack 50M 8:15:47
Groundhog 50M 9:29:02
Del Passatore 100K 10:56:39
JFK 50M 9:37:12
1992 Hinte-Anderson 50K 5:35:37
Reservoir 50M 11:34
Old Dominion 100M 28:00:00
Western States 100M 29:30:36
Groundhog 50M 10:28:17
Del Passatore 100K 10:46:53
1993 Vermont 100M 27:24:27
Del Passatore 100K 11:09:47
1994 Hinte-Anderson 50K 5:02:20
Bull Run Run 50M 11:49:48
Howard County 22:23:52
Track Run 100M
1995 Catoctin 50K 9:11:42
Hinte-Anderson 50K 5:17:20
Bull Run 50M 12:05:22
Massanutten Mountain 100M 34:53:00
1996 Hinte-Anderson 50K 5:56:16
Bull Run Run 50M 12:05:28
Massanutten Mountain 100M 32:46:00
1997 Hinte-Anderson 50K 6:02:57
Umstead 100M 26:59:48
Massanutten Mountain 100M 33:32:13
1998 Hinte-Anderson 50K 6:15:40
Umstead 50M 11:06:00
Round The Lake 24 HR 76.3 Miles
Cle Elum Ridge 50K 8:08:00
1999 Catoctin 50K 9:26:00
Hinte-Anderson 50K 6:08:32
Umstead 100M 28:56:58