2000 Badwater Ultramarathon Entrant Biographies

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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


Daniel Edwards
New York, NY, USA (England)
Occupation: Headhunter
Birthday: 21.1.73, Age: 26yrs 7 months
Number of Years: 15
Number of Marathons: 7
50k-
50mi-
100km-
100mi-
100mi+-1

Ultra Run: April 1999 Marathon des Sables - 150 mile self-supported race across the Sahara Desert in Morocco

Ultra Run Experience: Above race. The event was my best experience of life to date as through it I temporarily satisfied a desire to exploit to the extreme a talent I felt I had, starting the race with the sole desire to complete the course and finishing 22nd out of 600 competitors. My best performance during the race was completing the 50mile stage in 8hrs 15mins and placing 19th.

Weird Experience: Experiencing the blend of solitude and camaraderie for the first time on taking part in an ultra. It made the event unlike I could have imagined. Whilst at times utterly alone in the desert, the friendly contact as another competitor passed or was passed created a feeling that hasn't been replicated since.

Challenge: Running an average speed of 9.5km/h in 100+ degree heat on limited food and water with a pack on my back through some of the highest dunes in Africa for a week in the Marathon des Sables.

Why: Ultras present the opportunity to step into the unknown in terms of physical and mental abilities. The ultra I did and the training for it made me realise how much further I could push my mind and body than I do in every-day life.

Why Badwater: Lisa Smith is my inspiration for entering the race. She became a firm friend during the Marathon des Sables as we were initially running similar times. Lisa described the challenge of Badwater, as well as the camaradrie and spirit of the race. Her stories of past experiences at Badwater fill me with a sense of awe for the event, competitors and terrain. I would relish the opporuntity to experience the same at first hand.

Other Exp.: None apart from mountain walking in the Andes, Cairngorms and Pyrenees.

Charity: IPODERAC, an orphanage I worked in in Mexico.

Resume: Athletic Achievements:
1996-7: Played field hockey at National League level for two seasons for Oxford University.
1995: Equalled individual assault course record on British Army Officer Selection Course
1994: Ran St Alban's Marathon in 3hrs 15mins aged 19.


Barbara A. Elia
Modesto, CA, U.S.A.
Occupation: Modesto Jr. College P. E. Teacher
Birthday: Oct. 2nd, l944, Age: 55
Number of Years: 21
Number of Marathons: 72
50k-70
50mi-70
100km-22
100mi-18
100mi+-3

Ultra Run: Leadville 100m, Wasatch l00m, Grand Canyon Double Crossing

Ultra Run Experience: Finishing my first ultra, a 50K in 1982, with a time of 4:00.04. Also, in 1987, finishing my 1st 50 mile run at Ice Age 50 in Wisconsin, in 9:18.

Weird Experience: In 1989, I was doing my first 24 hour track run and I noticed a runner sitting along side the track with a dog, but it was really a paper bag! It was during the night, it was hot, and I was tired!

Challenge: In 1993 I finished the Grand Slam of Ultrarunning (4 100 mile races) and went on the do Angeles Crest 100, to become the 5th woman to ever do all 5.

Why: I enjoy the craziness of the sport and all the special people involved in it. We all have something in common and ultras effect our whole lifestyle. I like sharing stories with everyone of them!

Why Badwater: After finishing my 10th Western States this year, I felt like this would be a new challenge. I've had a goal for sometime to do the race, and the year 2000 was a good year to do it!

Other Exp.:Triathlons and bike races.

Resume: 183 ultras
71 marathons
Grand Slam 1993
Northern California Grand Prix winner
21 years running


Paul Elston
Calne, Wiltshire, England
Occupation: Royal Air Force
Birthday: 10th Jan 1970
Age: 30
Number of Years: 13
Number of Marathons: 7
50k-0
50mi-1
100km-0
100mi-0
100mi+-1

Ultra Run: 1997 Marathon Des Sables, 1999 Everest Marathon

Ultra Run Experience: Marathon Des Sables in 1997. Having to deal with the extremes of temperature and varying teerain on limited rations proved a real test, especially considering we had to carry all our own supplies.

Weird Experience: Having an 'out of body' experience whilst doing the 51 mile leg in the Marathon Des Sables

Challenge: Everest Marathon 1999. i found the 18 days trekking to the start line a challenge in itself. also a complete change in diet and culture tested our resolve to even compete. but mostly the challenge of running at over 17500 ft.

Why: Personal achievemnt. I enjoy pushing myself beyond my percievied limits

Why Badwater: To complete the ultimate race in a series of 3 personal challenges.

Other Exp.: 1993 and 1994 - British half Ironman Triathlon Championships. 1996 and 1999 - British Ironman Triathlon Championships

Charity:

Resume: RAF representitive Triathlete. Competed in European Force Duathlon Championships in Calais. Part of the RAF Trail running team, winning the National Championships in 1998. Forces and Club runner at all distances. Enjoy long distance open water swimming.


Colin Evans
Westbury Park, Bristol, United Kingdom
Occupation: Electronics Developement Engineer
Birthday: 21st May 1971, Age: 28
Number of Years: 2
Number of Marathons: 11
50k-5
50mi-3
100km-
100mi-
100mi+-1

Ultra Run: Have completed 2 Ironman triathalons last year and 4 of the 50K+ races were over 40 miles trail races

Ultra Run Experience: Round Rothrham 51 Miles December 1998. My First ever Ultra race, wet, muddy, hilly and equired to navigate between checkpoints. The runners left in 3 waves, Long distance walkers were first at 6am, runners at 7am and sub 8 hour runners at 8am. It was a realy good feeling to be chasing and to overtake runners from the early wave. Gave an extra boost to see someone ahead whome you could catch and overtake. All good fun and everyone was very friendly.

Weird Experience: Longmynd Hike 52 Mile Fell Race.
The race started at 1pm, so there was no way anyone would ever finish the race without night navigation. Being a Fell race, the objectives were to navigate between checkpoints (8 of which were at the top of Hills, total assent 9000ft) choosing any route you deemed fit. At dusk you were grouped into threes for the night for safety reasons as the biggest, steepest hills were the last 3 checkpoints and there were no paths. Extremely enjoyable, and the feeling of climbing the hills to the last checkpoints during the still of night with clear periods and a full moon was very memorable. I will try and search a few more of these style events...

Challenge: Grand Union Canal Run 145. First attempt at an event longer than 55 miles, weather was very hot during the day and then there were horrendous thunder storms for 3 hours late in the evening before cold clear skies and then drizzle for Dawn. Support crew had to leave at the 64 mile meeting point, and I was then crew-less just before the thunderstorms. I continued the best I could but retired at 105 miles 7am the following day proud to have completed 100 miles in a day but disappointed not to have been able to complete the remaining 43 miles in the remaining 25 hours. Learnt a lot about choice of equipement, how to train, how to run these longer distances (was just leading at 64 miles, should have been slower in the early stages and maintained a steady pace) and the importance of a good support crew.

Why: I love the sense of accomplishment when finished, and more importantly the sense of freedom whilst running. I mainly run ultra trail races and the contrast from the City centre of Bristol where I currently live and work. I also enjoy the challenge of more extreme events, there is a lot of planning and reasearch to be carried out which can be fun.

Why Badwater: I have read many articles on the race over the last few years and dreamt of one day running such a race. After discovering Ultra-distance running I have progressed and feel confident with my ability as an Ultra runner and would like to prove this to myself and the world by successfully running the Badwater death valley race. It is a challenge which I can realy concentrate my training for over the coming months and would give my training more purpose.

Other Exp.: Progressed to Ironman triathalons in Autmn 99, completed the Longest day and then comleted Ironman Scotland three weeks later. Both were openwater swims (Almost last out of the water as I could only swim breast stroke at the time), but proved to be competent on the 112 mile cycle and amazingly found the running was using slightly different muscle groups, and ran a 3.5 hour marathon. Ironman Scotland was much harder as the swim was in a big cold loch, the cycle route was very hilly and the run was undulating with a hill. Finished 4th in the Marathon section of the Scottish ironman out of 38, with another competent cycle.

Resume: During the last 18 months I have competed in I have completed 9 marathons, 12 ultra-trail races and 2 ironman triathlons in the last 16 months and after carefull consideration would like to run the Badwater ultra. It would be pleasing to finish in the 48 hour timescale but to finish in 60 hours should definitely be possible.


Eberhard Frixe
Meine, Niedersachsen, Germany
Occupation: Industrie Commercial Officer
Birthday: 18. February 1950, Age: 50 Years
Starting Group: two
Number of Years: 20 Years
Number of Marathons: 91
50k-7
50mi-3
100km-22
100mi-2
100mi+-3

Ultra Run: 1998, 1999, 2000 Marathon des Sables, 1999 - 100 Mile Himalayan Stage Race

Ultra Run Experience: 1999 Marathon des Sables, third german Runner, 64. place overall. 1999 100 Mile Himalayan Stage Race, 7. Place

Weird Experience: All Ultra events are good

Challenge: 100 Mile Himalayan Stage Race, to run down the hills

Why: They are good for my health and my mind, and I can do my work in the bureau much more better.

Why Badwater: My dream is to finish the Badwater race in my life


Erika Jennifer Gerhardt
Reedsburg, Wisconsin, USA
Occupation: Marketing Coordinator
Birthday: July 28, 1970, Age: 29
Number of Years: 15
Number of Marathons: 5
50k-1
50mi-3
100km-
100mi-
100mi+-

Previous Badwater Racing: Does having re-occuring strange dreams about the event count?

Ultra Run Experience: I have two: 1) My first ultra marathon, December 1998, Texas Trail 50 Mile, Huntsville Texas. 4th place age group finisher 25-29 age group, 9 hours 19 minutes. I didn't know what to expect and I didn't realize that the event would be "fun." I learned so much about myself, what it was possible for me to handle, and that it was even more than what I had just experienced. The clincher: I was wearing a goofy hat (on purpose) and a fellow racer passed me going to the turn around I had just come from, and he said: "There she is: I've been looking forward to your smile and that hat every loop. Thanks"

I had this additional glimpse that the kinds of personalities that are attracted to ultraunning were worth knowing, and that has been true tenfold since that time.

2) Texas Trail 50 Mile Endurance Run, 12/99 2nd place age group finisher, 8 hours 57 minutes. The realization as I crossed the finish line, that not only could I envision running that pace another 50 miles, but that I was excited to. I hugged the chute volunteer, I was so overwhelmed to feel that way finishing.

Weird Experience: John Dick Memorial 50k Race, Eagle, WI, 2/99 (finishing times unrecorded)

What was bizarre about the "Crusty Dick" ultrarun (I've since come to my senses about the word "ultrarun" and "50k" in the same sentence) is that I intended to enter and run only 10-15 miles as a training run, as do many for this winter trail event.

Due to warm weather & icy trail conditions, the event was moved to the road. At mile 15, I decided to run it all. I was especially pleased that it was 45 F and I was wearing gortex. (Another ultrarunner said to me, "I'm hot just looking at all the layers you have on"). And for the first time in my life,

I was warm in February.

That event elasticized and expanded for me the realm of what it means to get up in the morning and decided how far I am going to run from 10-15 or 15-30-35. Since then, I feel comfortable recognizing the importance of running by how I feel, knowing that it can change from what I mentally decide, to how I am coping physically (and vice versa) in the midst.

That was weird, and I'm greatful. Besides realizing that a 50k ain't no ultra.

Challenge: Ice Age 50 Mile Trail Race, Eagle, Wisconsin, 5/99 10 hours, 19 minutes.

I had been flu sick before/during my 1st Boston Marathon, April 1999, and ran my slowest marathon ever. Three weeks later I was still sick--just in time for my 1st Ice Age. Well-trained, but ill. I fell apart emotionally at 5 hours.

I spent the next 5 hours wanting to quit, every step of the way, every second, every cell. But I knew what kind of a sick I was and instinctually how to work through it—even though I didn't want to.

I could feel the deficiencies and how to work around them. I don't know how to explain wanting to quit but yearning to finish to be complete, rather than to compete. I knew I'd feel worse if I dropped out, but when I finished at rock bottom, I didn't think it was possible to feel any worse. Then I got healthy. 3 weeks later.

It was painful, but carthartic to recognize that if I already knew what my limits were, I was already beyond them.

Why: Because I have 2 essential, uncanny and paradoxical character traits: a) a disposition toward doing things the hard way b) I Run For Myself.

Ultrarunning gives me the opportunity to do some deep-core diving, (you still need oxygen) that has been amazaing and wonderful. Ultrarunning allows me to think and mull and consider issues, aspects, happenings, that evaporate when I begin to consider "what do I think about when I run."

I ultrarun to live at my core and expand my core, by aligning my values with living an authentic life. The repetive motion soothes and quiets me. Overwhelms me with a sense of peace.

Ultrarunning for me feeds and exacerabes and informs words I hold near to me that comprise me: whimsy, synergy, gratitude, flexibility, authenticity.

It reveals the truths and essential personalities in myself and others that I've needed thus far, so I may inhabit my space fully for this lifetime.

An ultrarunning endorphine rush must be the next best thing to peyote?

And the more I run ultras, the less that "it" is "about" running, but rather the process.

Running is the vehicle to get me to that calm, quiet, meditative, trance-inducing place, where my most important values can surface and float, instead of being burrowed into a core that isn't accessible to myself or others.

It allows me to integrate and fully inhabit both spheres of my brain, instead of just the dominant half, to recognize the balance, the hard and soft that is required to run such distances.

I knew I was an "ultrarunner" when I did my last marathon in October, and I found the "urban-ess", pagentry, the preciseness of the timing distracting and discomforting. Like the whole event just missed the point.

I just happened to figure that out earlier than many runners, and have come to ultrarunning sooner than most.

I am amazed at how--becuase of ultrarunning, I have come to such an awareness of my own functioning: where I am at chemically on a cellular level and how to respond to that, in running and every day living.

I am beyond your periphal vision, so you may want to turn your head.

Why Badwater: I learned of and became fascinated by this race 15 years ago, as a 15 year old cross country runner. I had been running for less than 2 months, and at 2 mile distance. I certainly was not cognizant of the concept of marathoning, much less ultrarunning. I would catch bits and pieces of media coverage over the years, and squirrel it away, even during the few brief years I didn't run a step. I carried around a New York Times article from 1995 (1996?) profiling one of the female athletes, until it was smudged print . . .and then I lost it.

There is something that is drawing me to this event. It helps that I thrive in heat. The only time I feel warmed is in July / August. I'm the only person I know who hates air conditioning. Steam room, sauna, Sweat lodge heat—The hotter, more stifling the better.

I enjoy "hills" (ok, I know they are mountains, but the point is, I like going UP). Badwater embodies the kind of terrain and weather combination I would most like to embrace in a race.

Besides me racing it, I see Badwater an integral journey to share with a very special crew of my closest friends.

I want to express my gratitude through this event to them, for having them in my lives and for the unconditional love & support they give me.

Each of us fufilling a role that supports one another so that the end result is that we've all experienced the event, not just the racer.

I don't know how to explain an attraction to Badwater that has never lumped this particular event into the category of "extreme". I think because I have always envisioned it as doable, I've never thought it of it as a looney goal.

Other Exp.: No, not enough coordination. I'm a sun sign (LEO), water just doesn't have the same appeal as earth and fire. And I'd rather get there (where ever "there" is) by foot.

Resume: Erika J. Gerhardt

Badgerland Striders Club Champion Women's 25-29 Age Group (Milwaukee, WI based RRA chapter)
Texas Trail 50 Mile Endurance Run, Huntsville, TX 12/99
2nd Place 25-29 Age Group, 8 hours, 57 minutes
Twin Cities Marathon, Minneapolis, MN 10/99
PR 3 hours 35 minutes
Ice Age 50 Miler, Eagle, Wisconsin 5/99
Trail race, 10 hours, 19 minutes
Boston Marathon, 4/99, 3 hours, 52 minutes
John Dick Memorial 50k Race 2/99 Trail race, (unknown finishing time)
Texas Trail 50 Mile Endurance Run, Huntsville, TX, 12/98
4th place age group, 9 hours 19 minutes
Fox Cities Marathon, Appleton, WI 9/98
25-29 Age Group Winner, 3 hours 38 minutes
Madison Marathon, Madison, Wisconsin 5/98
3 hours 48 minutes
Chicago Marathon, 10/97, 3 hours 46 minutes
Co-Captain, University of Wisconsin at Eau Claire, WI Cross Country Team, 1991
Most Improved Award,University of Wisconsin at Eau Claire, WI Cross Country Team 1990
College 5k PR: 18 minutes 59 seconds


Jay Grobeson
Los Angeles, Ca, USA
Occupation: deputy district attorney
Birthday: 11/07/60
Age: 39
Number of Years: 6
Number of Marathons: 12
50k-approx 20
50mi-approx 25
100km-4
100mi-25
100mi+-0

Ultra Run Experience: Pacifc Crest Trail in 1989. It was my first 50 miler. I was pretty impressed with myself. Since then, I've learned not to be.

Weird Experience: The flying dragon I thought I saw on the jeep road coming up to Newcombs Saddle on the AC course in 1994. Of course, I've seen a lot of things on the trail that my pacers haven't. Or at least I thought I did.

Challenge: Wasatch in 1998. It was my 6th hundred of the year and the toughest course. My flashlight died on me, and my pacer and I shared one backup light for three miles.

Why: The company and the challenge.

Why Badwater: Why not?. But seriously, it's a challenge that I think suits my running ability. I'm not fast, not ever oing to be in first place, but I can keep going.

Resume: The quick version is that I have been doing ultra's since 1993. I did a couple in the late eighties, but did my first hundred (AC) in 1993. I was grossly undertrained, but finished. Since then, I've learned a lot, doing quantity rather than quality. In 1998, I completed the last great race (6 designated hundred in one year) and also did Rocky Raccoon for a total of 7 hundreds, and buckled five of them. This year, I managed 3 hundred, with buckles at Leadville and Angeles crest. I did South Dakota, and completed the finish with two other people, all of tying for second place. I don't keep track of all my ultra's, but it is safe to estimate that I do at least 10 a year since 1994. My only regular marathon is the Los Angeles Marathon, where I can usually do a 3:30 without killing myself.


James Hamilton
San Diego, California, USA
Occupation: real estate broker
Birthday: July 29, 1943, Age: 56
Number of Years: 15
Number of Marathons: 30+
50k-20+
50mi-10+
100km-2+
100mi-4
100mi+-2

Previous Badwater Racing: 1998 and 1999 Badwater completion
Previous Badwater Clinic 1998 - 3

Ultra Run Experience: Angeles Crest 100, 1999 I ran 70 miles with an ankle injury

Weird Experience: Badwater, according to my crew, I was hallucinating. Of course, I don't remember!

Challenge: Elkhorn 100K, my first and most memorable.

Why: Helps me with my business challenges

Why Badwater: to break 40 hours


Tim Hewitt
Greensburg, PA, USA
Occupation: lawyer
Birthday: 10-18-54, Age: 45
Number of Years: 25
Number of Marathons: 45
50k-1
50mi-20
100km-2
100mi-8
100mi+-0

Ultra Run: hardrock 1999 leadville 1998 W.S. 1997 Iditasport 100 2/19/2000 winner C.R.IL

Ultra Run Experience: Laurel Highlands Trail Race was my first ultra 5+ years ago. I had never run beyond a marathon and was attempting this 70 mile race. I did not even know an ultrarunner but I instinctively knew that quitting was not an option. Only Clifton beat me. Since then I have learned a things.

Weird Experience: Vermont 100 A few years ago I was the first to reach an unmanned aid station. When I saw a bag of
M&Ms I knew that that was exactly what I needed. Try as I might I was unable to open the bag with me sweaty hands. I longed for those unattainable M&Ms for the rest of the race.

Challenge: HRH 1999: I sprained my ankle pretty bad early in the race and got nautious. I did not eat or drink anything except snow and stream water from about mile 30 on. Even water from my camelback and water bottles had that plastic taste which immediately caused me to dry heave. At about 72 miles I sprained the same ankle again. It was a very challenging day and a half. More acclimitaztion might help with the stomach.

Why: Because I love running.

Why Badwater: Because I am still searching for my limits.

Resume: 2000 Iditasport 100 winner current record holder
1999 Laurel Highlands Trail Race 70 miles winner
1999 JFK Masters winner
1999 50k USATF GNC National Championship 6th
1999 named as alternate to US 100K team (also in 1998)
1999 HRH finisher 36:18
1999 Age winner columbus and pittsburgh marathons
1999 Bull Run Run Masters Winner North division 50 mile more of the same in prior years.


Errol S. Jones
Oakland, California, USA
Occupation: remodeling contractor
Birthday: 12-9-49, Age: 50
Number of Years: 32
Number of Marathons: 70
50k-29
50mi-19
100km-6
100mi-17
100mi+-2

Previous Badwater Racing: 1996: 5th place, 42:56:28
Previous Badwater Crewing: Paced George Staub July 1994

Ultra Run Experience: Western States 100/1991 because it was my 1st 100 mile finish. Western States 100/1994 because it was my 1st sub 24:00 finish. Badwater 1996: because of the majesty of the desert and the mental and physical demand it takes to complete it. The Grand Slam 1998: because of the bond that was formed or strengthened by my crew, pacers, and supporters, as well as the other fellow grand slammers that year. I ascended another mental and physical level that year.

Challenge: The Grand Slam of Ultra Running: 1998, starting with Western States, followed by Vermont, Leadville, and finishing with Wasatch, stretched me to the limits of my mental and physical prowess to date. I learned where running is concerned I can accomplish whatever I want to if I really put my mind to it.

Why: I run ultras because they satisfy the primordial aspect of myself. I'm enthralled by the beauty and challenge of the wilderness setting in which ultra take place. And I'm especially jazzed with the sense of camaraderie and family that exists among ultrarunners.

Why Badwater: To experience the beauty and strangeness of the desert once again and to surpass my performance of 1996 which I know was sub-par, but acceptable. And because I'm certifiable like most ultrarunners.


Mick Justin
Nisswa, MN, United States
Occupation: Certified Public Accountant
Birthday: March 7, 1948, Age: 52
Number of Years: 14
Number of Marathons: 24
50k-9
50mi-13
100km-6
100mi-3
100mi+-5

Previous Badwater Racing: 5 times '94 8th, 96 6th, 97 5th, 99 19th

Ultra Run: Badwater 5 times. Leadville 3 times - 2 DNF's
Ultra Run Experience: 22:50 at '98 Kettle Moraine 100 Mile at 50 yrs. Shows what you can do when things go right (for a change)

Weird Experience: Black bear ran into the side of my truck at Whitney Portals near the end of the 1996 Badwater race when my sister was driving and crewing for me. It sprung the door and I had to listen to the wind all the way back to Minnesota.

Challenge: All the Badwater races have been challenging especially during the years that were the hottest. I will be doing Hardrock in 2000 so that could prove to be very challenging, also.

Why: As an intergral part of the universe, we go where the program says we go.

Why Badwater: To see how much misery I can endure and to improve my previous PR at 38+


Dean Karnazes
San Francisco, CA, USA
Occupation: Business Executive
Birthday: 08/23/62, Age: 37
Number of Years: 20
Number of Marathons: 10
50k-
50mi-
100km-
100mi-8
100mi+-5

Previous Badwater Racing: ONE FINISH, ONE DNF

Ultra Run: RAN JMT, WESTERN STATES 100 (5 TIMES), 198 MILE ROAD RUN (3 TIMES)

Ultra Run Experience: BADWATER. MOST INTENSE.

Weird Experience: BADWATER. ONLY 1 CREW MEMBER (MY DAD). ALMOST KILLED HIM.

Challenge: JMT. ELEVATION CHANGE. DIFFICULTIES GETTING SUPPORT IN TO ME.

Why: HAVEN'T FIGURED THAT OUT YET.

Why badwater: HAVEN'T FIGURED THAT OUT YET EITHER.

Other Exp.: WINDSURF, MOUNTAIN BIKE, SNOWBOARD, SURF, TRIATHALONS.

Charity: NO, BUT WILL DONATE MY ORGANS IF I DON'T MAKE IT.

Resume: I really don't have a formal resume. Here are some of the events I've completed:

Western States 100 Mile Endurance Run (5 times)
Wasatch Front 100 Mile Endurance Run
Badwater
Napa-to-Santa Cruz Relay (198 miles solo, 3 times)
The Dipsea, Double Dipsea, and the Quad Dipsea
The Napa 50
Skyline 50
Headlands 50
What MiWok 100K
Bolinas Ridge 50
Alcatraz Sharkfest (extreme swimming event across the San Francisco Bay)


Joey Kelly
Meine, Niedersachsen, Germany
Occupation: Music
Birthday: 20. December 1972, Age: 27 Years
Number of Years: 10 Years
Number of Marathons: 12
50k-1
50mi-1
100km-3
100mi-2
100mi+-1
Ultra Run: 11 Ironmans (Finisher), 1 Ultraman Hawaii

Ultra Run Experience: The Ultraman Race, I did place 6 overall, for me that was the win!

Weird Experience: All Ultra events are good

Challenge: The Ultraman for it's the wind

Why: For my life

Why Badwater: For my wife


Bill Koppenheffer
Chalfont, PA, USA
Occupation: Audit Manager
Birthday: 06-13-53, Age: 47
Number of Years: 19
Number of Marathons: 32
50k-19
50mi-24
100km-5
100mi-6
100mi+-3

Ultra Run: I've done a few 50Ks in the Summer heat and humidity, plus several tries at Old Dominion.

Ultra Run Experience: Vermont 100 Mile, 1993. My best 100 Mile performance ever in 20:50. A race where I never had any serious problems.

Weird Experience: I haven't had any that I would consider weird. I did run a Sri Chinmoy 24 Hour at Flushing Meadow in NY one time where I was 40 minutes late due to getting stuck in NY Mets traffic. I actually worked myself into the top 10 before quitting at 100. Should have kept going.

Challenge: Every 100 Mile race is challenging to me because my training is on the relatively low side, therefore a 100 Miler will almost always bring problems sooner or later, I just can't predict how soon.

Why: I'm too slow to run anything else. The trail runs keep me in ultrarunning.

Why Badwater: The pure challenge of it. I'd like to be able to say I conquered one of the most unforgiving places on Earth.

Other Exp.: None. I have done a few Centuries on the bike.


Anatoly Kruglikov
Citizen of the Roslavl town, Smolenskaia oblast, Russia
Age: 42
Total number of marathons and ultramarathons
marathon: 25
50Mi: 4
100Km: 15
24-hours: 15
More than 24 hours: 4

Master of the Sports of International grade. Started to run ultra long marathons since 1990. Before he was specializing in a cross country ski racing, where achieved the results of the Master of Sport. A graduate of the Smolensky College of physical culture. A sixfold champion of Russia in a 24 hour race. He is the holder of the national records in a 24-hour race at a stadium (276 km) and on a highway (269 km). A winner of the European plate and an open championship of France.


David Kutcipal
Boulder, CO, USA
website: http://pages.hotbot.com/family/kutcipal
Occupation: UNIX System Administrator
Birthday: 12/08/68, Age: 31
Number of Years: 10
Number of Marathons: 10
50k-2
50mi-1
100km-
100mi-1
100mi+-

Ultra Run: Completed the 1998 Leadville 100 on my first attempt (27hrs 17min). I have also completed in one 24 hour race and a 6 hour.

Ultra Run Experience: Leadville 100 1998 - This was my first attempt and finish at this distance. It was a great feeling seeing the sun sun come up for the second time and the finish line in the distance.

Weird: Denver 6 hour Run Fall 1997 – Six hours of running in an industrial park on a 1.5+ mile loop just west of Denver. I completed 38.2 miles during the six hours.

Challenge: Mile High 24hr Summer 1997 - This was my first attempt at a race over 50 miles. I was not prepared
mentally for the challenges that occur after 8 hours of running. I completed 72 miles in 18 hours.

Why: For both the physical and mental challenge.

Why Badwater: I want to be challenged by both the heat and the distance.


Ivan Labutin
Citizen of the Vyazniki town, Vladimirskaia oblast, Russia
Age: 41
Total number of marathons and ultramarathons
marathon: 46
50Mi: 0
100Km: 15
24-hours: 13
More than 24 hours: 1

Works as a Sport manager at the local plant of illuminating armature. Master of Sport of international grade. Started to run ultra long marathons since 1990. A holder of European plate 1995 in a 48-hour race. His result (518 km) has remained matchless so far. He is a holder of the third result in a 24-hour race in Russia at a stadium (267 km).


Bob Lapanja
El Dorado Hills, CA, USA
Occupation: Construction
Birthday: 1-1-54, Age: 46
Number of Years: 6
Number of Marathons: 43
50k- 19
50mi- 17
100km- 4
100mi- 2
100mi+- 2

Previous Badwater Racing: 1998 - 54:37, 1999 - 37:51
Previous Badwater Clinic April, May , 1998

Ultra Run: Western States 1997 and 1998

Ultra Run Experience: Badwater 7-99 -- Cutting 17 hours off my 1998 time

Weird Experience: Badwater 7-99 -- faces of Disney characters on rocks as I started the climb to the Portals

Challenge: Badwater 7-98 -- At 41 miles, experiencing severe heat exhaustion, dehydration and body cramps - knowing I had 94 more to go - I believe the experience made me a true ultrarunner

Why: The enjoyment of the scenery - the comradery of fellows ultrarunners – the thrill of running for more than 4 hours - and it gives my wife a chance to travel and meet new people (fellow crew persons)

Why Badwater: To better my 1999 time and prove that my 1999 time was not a fluke


Frank MacMillan
Silver Spring, MD, USA
Occupation: System Engineer
Birthday: 20 May 54, Age: 46
Number of Years: 24
Number of Marathons: 50
50k-3
50mi-20
100km-10
100mi-20
100mi+-5

Previous Badwater Crewing: Crew for Kawika during his double in 99. Went up Whitney Previous Badwater Clinic

Ultra Run: 21 years of running ultras mostly in the south

Ultra Run Experience: Finishing Old Dominion in 1979 because it was my first.

Weird: During a 300k run around Maui we saw a ghost of a girl sitting in front of a church. The runner in front of me saw her, too. When we got closer there was just a small memorial against a wall.

Challenge: 1998 Malama Run - 228 miles in Hawaii. I DNF'd at 180 miles in 96. Came back in 98 and ran more carefully. Won race by 5 hours.

Why: Because they are hard. I believe they temper the mind and body for all challenges in life.

Why Badwater: Because it's really hard. I want the challenge of correct planning and preparation in terms of support, pace, diet, clothing, etc which I believe is the real difference in finishing.

Resume: Best 10k - 37:16, Marathon: 2:59:56, 50m - 7:30, 100k - 10:30, 100m - 22:45.


Dixie A. Madsen
San Diego, Ca, USA
Occupation: Retired Nurse
Birthday: 02-26-37, Age: 63
Number of Years: 18
Number of Marathons: 68
50k-20 at least
50mi-18
100km-3
100mi-20 (finished 16)
100mi+- 0

Previous Badwater Crewing: Crew & pacer for Jim Hamilton 1999

Ultra Run: 24 hour run in Seattle (broke 7 American Records, not ratified because of no cones on the curb of the track) 24 hour race in San Diego 11/20/99 broke sam 7 American Records for women 60-64 (they were ratified by the board last Friday) Broke American Records (50K /50 Miler /100K in 1997) for women 60-64, on the road, also hold the 50K/50Mile/ 24 hour American Records for Women 60-64 on the track, along with the 7 I broke this month from the 15K to 20miler.

Ultra Run Experience: Angeles Crest 100 miler in 1997 (29:18:01) Because I was 60 years old and I won the Rhino award for the first master runner to finish the race.

Challenge: In 1994 in my first 100 first part of June at Old Dominion (on the way to finishing 6 100 mile races in 4 months time, I had terrible blisters on both of my feet at 20 miles, I was fighting them along with the Marines at the age stations telling me if I gained one more pound that they would pull me from the race, thus killing all of a years plan and training to complete 6 100 milers in one summer, I had to strip off all of my clothes out in the bushes going into the medical aid station, my husband was there with racing flats and very light shorts and shirt and I went into the aid station was down 1 pound from previous aid station, sat down put my regular shoes on changed back into warmer clothes (this was at night) and go on with the race, because of the blisters I was facing cut off times at the end and I had to use every power within myself to make it with minutes to spare, but I made it, this was one of the most spiritual experiences that I and my crew have ever had while running 100 milers, and I had to look deep within my soul to do this, then went on with 5 more 100's with blisters breaking through at about 30 miles with each of the following 5, because I only had 2 or 3 weeks between them and not enough time for the balls of my feet to get there callous back (took two years to do that)

Why: Running Ultras gives me a since of accomplishments and keeps me in touch with powers that are beyond us and many times in these events, and they make me a stronger person inwardly.

Why Badwater: I believe it is something that I can do and I know that I will be a better person for taking my body to a different experience.

Other Exp.: I competed as a bodybuilder for 5 years in my 50's and hold the California Masters Title for 1988, and Ms San Diego for 1988 in Bodybuilding.


William Curt Maples
Oxnard, CA, USA
Occupation: Major, United States Marine Corps
Birthday: 16 Sep 1963, Age: 36
Number of Years: 18
Number of Marathons: 1
50k-6
50mi-2
100km-1
100mi-8
100mi+-1

Previous Badwater Racing: 3 attempts: 1 completion, 1997, 45:15, 11th place; well acquainted with the course!

Ultra Run: Wasatch 100: 5 completions. Leadville 100: 1 completion. Old Dominion 100: 1 completion. Rocky Raccoon 100: 1 completion. Angeles National Forest 100k, Aug 99. High Desert Classic, 97, 98. Cuyamaca 50K, 97, 98, 99. Leona Divide 50miler, 99. San Juan Trail 50, 98. Moonshadow Rose 35miler, 96.

Ultra Run Experience: Badwater 1997! Ultimate sense of accomplishment. Many problems but still finished! Or Rocky Raccoon 1998- best performance for 100 miles: 17:53, 5th overall, everything worked!

Weird Experience: Waking up face down in the middle of the trail during Wasatch 1997. Don't know what happened!

Challenge: Badwater 1997. Overcame heat, high winds, fatigue, bleeding thighs, and had to sidestep most of the way up Whitney Portals road after hyperextending my left knee. Also my crew threatened to shoot me and leave my carcass for the buzzards if I quit.

Why: For the challenge: if I wanted a sure bet, I would be running 5K's!

Why Badwater: Strong desire for personal redemption! I did not finish in 1999 and I am determined to go the distance in 2000.


Jean-Paul Mazaud
Carmel, California, USA (France)
Occupation: carpenter
Birthday: 1-16-1952, Age: 48
Number of Years: 9
Number of Marathons: 15
50k-10
50mi-10
100km-3
100mi-5
100mi+- 107mi (24hrs) and 330mi (6 days)

Ultra Run: Leadville 100, Colorado. Western States 100. I've trained quite a bit in the Sierras/Rockies. Heat training in Death Valley (marathon) and I've experienced lots of training in 100 degree+ in various Northern California regions.

Ultra Run Experience: 1) My first Western States 100 in 1997. 22:16. I just wanted to finish in 30 hours. I felt great. 2) Jedediah Smith 50k in 1997. 3:38. First time I ran under three hours for the marathon. I was very pleased.

Challenge: 6 days in Mesa, Arizona, around the track, December 26, 1999 to Jan 1, 2000. A real challenge trying to put the most miles. I missed an entire day (flu) and finished with 330 miles.

Why: The personal satisfaction and achievement. It's so very challenging at times but so rewarding at the finish. I believe it also helps in all other aspects of my life.

Why Badwater: The challenge. Because I've felt the achievment of marathons, 50k, 50mi, 100k, 100miles, even around a track for 6 days and I really enjoy the extreme hot temp. I believe I can do it even though it may be the biggest challenge yet. Few percentage of the population would ever consider something quite like this. I will have planned, prepared for this for two years I have tried to enter the race. I feel that I am qualified to do it.

Other Exp.: I've played competitive soccer in France (semi-pro), in America, and Madagascar (1 year). I've done a lot of cycling in France.


Jack McBroom
Hemet, California, USA
Occupation: high school science teacher
Birthday: 11-11-56, Age: 43
Number of Years: 28
Number of Marathons: 3
50k-1
50mi-4
100km-0
100mi-3
100mi+-

Ultra Run Experience: The 1999 Rocky Racoon 100 because I did it right. Although a bit sick at mile 55, I stopped for over half an hour and rehydrated while runners drifted past. Then I got up and feeling better ran well the remainder of the race and finished 6th overall with a personal best of 19:13!!!!(a 7 hour PR)

Weird Experience: In the Western States 100 in 1998, I fell asleep while running and ended up in a bush beside the trail. My pacer was horrified while I laid there laughing at what had just happened. Even my ultrarunning friends are amazed that such a thing is possible. I just wish I could now remember what I was dreaming about....

Challenge: The Western States 100 in 1998. It was my first 100 and I did everything wrong. From not drinking enough, to leaving my jacket behind during the night...I learned how to throwup really well. My feet had huge blisters. But I had decided that finishing was very important and so pushed on for a time of 26:36. I was totally humbled by that race and respect anyone who finishes it.

Why: I enjoy running for the physical play. I like trails and dirt roads...and mountains. But I run Ultra races for the competition. I know in some circles thats kindof thought to be crude or shallow but for me the fun of competition is it. I can and do run for spiritual reasons in my daily workouts and I don't have to pay entry fees for that!

Why Badwater: This race is just absolutely absurd! It is SO absurd that it has gotten me obsessed. Besides, it sounds
like one hell of a party!

Other Exp.: My first love is climbing. I've done El Capitan 7 times as well as big wall climbs in Canada, Washington and the High Sierra. I've also been up Mt.Rainier 6 times (including a car-to-car one day ascent), Baker twice, and even been up Mt.McKinley in Alaska. Some of my most intense climbs have been ice climbs in the Sierra. The Sunday before this years Rocky Racoon 100 I went to Joshua Tree and free soloed over 2,000 feet of technical rock.


Scott McQueeney
Oregon City, OR, USA
Occupation: Self employed Computer Networking
Birthday: 11-4-55, Age: 44
Number of Years: 10
Number of Marathons: 10
50k-1
50mi-4
100km-0
100mi-0
100mi+-1

Ultra Run: Solo double crossing of the Grand Canyon 99', Paced 37 miles at Leadville 99'.

Ultra Run Experience: Oct 12, 99 Solo double crossing of the Grand Canyon 13:49. Temp on the rim 37 degrees, temp in the Canyon 97. What a spectacular run, the view was breathtaking. I had been there once as a child and had seen many pictures but to actually run from Yaki Point to the North Rim and return to the South Rim was a true adventure. The people on the trail were an inspiration. The highlight was a 70 year old man running solo from rim to rim on his birthday as a present to himself.

Weird Experience: Pacific Rim 24 hour run, March 20-21, 1999. Getting sick from mile 20 to 80 and still moving forward. Put my finger down my throat as my coach Scott Weber had suggested and was amazed how well I felt afterward. Went on to run 111 miles. Did not realize I could feel that bad for that long and turn around to recover feeling so good.

Challenge: Magen's 24 hour run. Had planned on running 100 miles in 24 hours. Did not have any plan for pace, hydration or food. It rained for 9 of the eleven hours I ran. After 9 hours I was pulled from the track and put in the first aid tent. 45 minutes later I returned to make it to the 50mile mark. 2 months latter I hired Scott Weber as a coach and have learned how to plan a run and run the plan.

Why: The simplest reason I can think of is I do it because I can. I enjoy the challenge of going beyond what is considered reasonable by most. I learned how to meditate and reach places in my mind that I could never obtain by sitting still.

Why Badwater: I love to run in the heat! I plan my runs in the middle of the day if I know it is going to be 90+. I had planned on doing Badwater solo but from my experience doing the Grand Canyon double solo I found out some interesting things. While running I wanted to share in the experience with others and found no one there to talk to for many hours. And when I did talk to people they did not relate to what I was doing. It was like watching a good movie, laughing, and turning to share the moment but realize you are all alone. Don't get me wrong, I enjoy running alone but at times would like to share with someone that understands the highs and lows that always come. Badwater has been my dream for the last year. I think about it over and over. I want to feel what I have read and dreamt about. I would also like to run it as a fundraiser for United Cerebral Palsy. My brother has Cerebral Palsy and is an inspiration to me that with work and faith anything is possible.

Charity: United Cerebral Palsy


Vilma Mejia
Glendale, CA, USA
Occupation: Auth. Ofcr. Operat. Specialist
Birthday: 8-4-51, Age: 48
Number of Years: 14
Number of Marathons: 10
50k-3
50mi-1
100km-2
100mi-2
100mi+-

Ultra Run: Twice bicycling from San Francisco to Glendale and one time from Glendale to San Francisco during Summer.

Ultra Run Experience: Angeles Crest 100, September 199: Wasn't a hard run; many runners mentioned that it's very hard, but after the run I did feel great.

Weird Experience: None, all they're great.

Challenge: Leadville 100, 1995: was very raining very hard and freezing.

Why: Ultras are very challenging. Runners, crew, and everybody around are very friendly and really care how you feel.

Why Badwater: I was told it is very challenging and great race and I believe I have the will to be able to race and finish.

Other Exp.: cycling: century and double centuries. Triathlons.


Chris Moon
Basingstoke, Hampshire, UK
Occupation: Management Consultant
Birthday: 05 May 1962, Age: 38
Number of Years: 18
Number of Marathons: 60+
50k-
50mi-
100km-2
100mi-
100mi+-5

Previous Badwater Racing: Badwater 1999

Ultra Run: 700km (Cambodia), 250Km (Outback Challenge Australia), Marathon Des Sables

Ultra Run Experience: Badwater 1999, Toughest yet!

Challenge: Cambodia (700Km) - to keep going day after day for 14 days.

Why: To challenge the concept of limitation, to raise funds for charities and to push the bounds of prothetics

Other Exp.: Due to climb Kilimanjaro in March 2000.


Dusan Mravlje
Trzic, Slovenia
Occupation: dipl.ing of technology
Birthday: 13.2.1953, Age: 47
Number of Years: 20
Number of Marathons: 30
50k-
50mi-
100km-60
100mi-30
100mi+-30

Ultra Run: Trans America 95, Sydney to Melbourne, Athens to Sparta

Ultra Run Experience: Winner Trans America 1995, winner Sydney to Melbourne (1060 km), winner 24 h Europe Cup 91, winner Cagliari to Sasari 254 km - 23 h 43 min, winner more than 40 ultramarathons, 3 times second Athens to Sparta 245 km, 4 times second Colac 6 days race,...

Challenge: Trans America 1995

Why: For fun.

Why Badwater: New challange.


Rick Nawrocki
Torrance, CA, USA
Occupation: CAD Operatop / Nation Wide Sign Company
Birthday: 07/02/55, Age: 45
Number of Years: 8
Number of Marathons: 10
50k-6
50mi-4
100km-1
100mi-2
100mi+-0

Previous Badwater Racing: Have been going out training w/a Baby Jogger for the last few months on the weekends. So far have ran about half the course since I'm doing out and backs to my car.
Previous Badwater Crewing: I crewed Scott Weber with his wife Theresa last year.
Previous Badwater Clinic I plan on attending both this year.

Ultra Run: Just the training I've been doing since the race out therein Death Valley.

Ultra Run Experience: Rocky Raccoon this year because it was my 1st 100 mile finish.

Weird Experience: Hard to put my finger on it. But I've had some weird ones.

Challenge: Also Rocky Racoon this year because I had been going through Cancer Treatment at John Wayne Cancer
Institute. Scott Weber read of questions I had on training thru the Ultra List and offered to help me achieve my dream of doing a 100 mile trail race. We Did It! Since then I have gone back to triple Chemo three days in a row, once a month.

Why: To be out in nature training started it. Then it turned into so much more. It take me to another place where I can get strength for all I'm going thru dealing with Non-Hodgkins Lymphoma...3 years now. Some of the nicest people Iv ever met. I could go on and on...

Why Badwater: The first time I read about it years ago I said "WOW, now that sounds like something I'd like to do." Never dreaming I would be capable of doing in the future. Then after being around Cathy Sassin at Gold's Gym thru the Intrafit Program for nutrition & weight training. I've watched & followed her Adventure Racing Career. We have been meeting once a month since 1974 and she has helped me with my mental toughness by listening to stories of the Eco-Challenge & The Raid.

Other Exp.: Non really. Just Ultra Partying before I got Clean & Sober a little more than 9 years ago.


Mark Nixon
Chippenham, Wiltshire, England
Occupation: Royal Air Force
Birthday: 22/09/1966, Age: 33
Number of Years: 16
Number of Marathons: 4
50k-0
50mi-1
100km-0
100mi-0
100mi+-1

Ultra Run: Marathon Des Sables and Everest Marathon

Weird Experience: Everest Marathon 1999: 18 days to get to the start line was an epic in its self

Challenge: Marathon Des Sables: Having to carry everything you need for seven days and still try to run a race

Why: purely for the challenge

Why Badwater: because it is the ultimate race

Other Exp.: high altitude Mountainerring
successfull ascents of Mt Kenya and Mt McKinley


Doina Nugent
Ingolstadt, Bavaria, Germany
Occupation: teacher
Age: 39, Birthday: 08.03.61
Starting Group: three
Number of Years: 30
Number of Marathons: 30
50k-7
50mi-4
100km-15
100mi-0
100mi+-12
Previous Badwater Racing: none
Previous Badwater Crewing: none
Previous Badwater Clinic none
Ultra Run: in the Sahara Desert, racing upto 4000 metres altitude many times, 8 day stage race in the Amazon jungle, mountaineering to 5000 metres .

Ultra Run Experience: Trans Mauritanie, last December,335km non stop through the Sahara desert. Won by 24 hrs. in 72 hours.

Weird Experience: as above. I was lost for 7 hours and eventually had to find my own way back onto the course and did not really know if I was going in the right direction until I got to the finish. Even then I did not really believe it!!

Challenge: as above. Distance, solo, carry your own food, water, medical supplies, navigation, the heat, wind, sand storms, solitude, everything!!!

Why: Still trying to find out.

Why badwater: It`s a classic

Other Exp.: Ultra triathlon, mountain running, adventure racing.

Resume: Ultraman Hawaii,
Triple Ironman Fontanil, France, 2nd.
1st, 2nd and 3d in World double Ironman Championships
5 times first in Sierra Nevada 50km to 3,500 metres.
Spartathlon, Greece in 30hrs.
Lènfer Vert, 8 day stage race through the Amazon.
Transmauritanie 335km non-stop
1st Annapurna 100km race.
2000 SFU expedition to Denali.


Yves Pallardy
Martignas, France
Occupation: Engineer
Birthday: 11/21/43, Age: 57
Number of Years: 20
Number of Marathons: 60
50k-10
50mi-10
100km-20
100mi-10
100mi+-10

Ultra Run: Paris to Dakar (sahara) 6000km. Marathon des Sables (sahara, Morocco). Grande Diagonale (la Reunion, high altitudes). Transmauritanienne (Mauritania -sahara - 320km).

Ultra Run Experience: La grande Diagonale 1995 and 1996. The challenge (from 9000 metres below and above sea level) and the incredible natural beauty (mountain, desert, forest).

Weird Experience: Amazonian. 1999 – 170km. The natural environment – humidity, heat, exotic wildlife, plants, and insects.

Challenge: The Transmauritanienne. 1999. Extreme heat. distance non-stop 323km. Self navigation by compass.

Why: Self discovery through the challenges (both physical and mental). The countries and environments I discover by racing through them.

Why Badwater: For the physical and mental challenges involved in racing in this type of ultra. To discover the natural environment. For human relationships – support team, other runners.

Other Exp.: racing up mountains - Aneto 3404metres (Spanish Pyrenees). Vignemales 3300 metres
(French/Spanish Pyrenees.


Marc Perier
Paris, France
Occupation: Engineer SNCF (trains)
Birthday: 3.11.1953, Age: 46
Number of Years: 14
Number of Marathons: 20
50k-10
50mi-5
100km-5
100mi-4
100mi+-10

Ultra Run: Raid Guyana/ Sparthatlon/ Transmauritanienne/ Colorado/ Morocco(x2)/ Himalaya(x2-5400meters)/ China/ Kilimandjaro (5896 meters)/ Vietnam

Ultra Run Experience: Transmauritanienne (December 99)-323 km nonstop-61h-4th/63, Sparthatlon (September 98)-246 km nonstop-33h-32nd/90

Challenge: Raid in Guyana-Amazonia (99)-humidity (97%)

Why: Personal challenges

Why Badwater: Exceptionnal race

Other Exp.: paragliding (from Mont-Blanc)-Diving-alpinism-French boxing

Resume: Expérience sportive:
Pratiquant assidu de nombreux sports:
* Parapente
* Ski-Alpinisme
* Plongée sous-marine
* Boxe française (pratique 10 ans)
* Course à pied: Raids de grande endurance, Courses de montagne. Ces courses de grande endurance représentent une activité dans laquelle volonté, dépassement de soi-même (physique et moral) sont poussés à l'extrême. Participant ces dernières années aux épreuves suivantes:
MARATHON DE NEW-YORK (1988/1989/1990 /1993 /1997)
MARATHON DES SABLES 1990 (200 km en auto-suffisance dans le Sud marocain)
MURAILLE DE CHINE 1991 (200 km sur la Grande Muraille)
TRAVERSEE DE LA REUNION 1991 (130 km en 1 seule étape, dénivelé positif 7 000m-classement 34è/1050 participants)
ASCENSION DU KILIMANDJARO 1992 (altitude 5 896m-classement 5è)
ULTRA-MARATHON DE L'HIMALAYA 1992 (altitude 5 200m-classement 1er français)
TRAVERSEE DES MAURES 1993 (France)
GRANDE COURSE DU VERDON 1993 (ultra - marathon 105 km)
TOUR DU MONT-BLANC 1993 (ultra - marathon 146 km, dénivelé positif
5 000 m)
ULTRA-MARATHON du MAROC 1994 (150 km)
ULTRA-MARATHON du COLORADO 1994 (150 km - classement 1er senior II)

8è au classement final de la Coupe du Monde des Super-Marathons 1994
1995: MARATHON de VENISE, ULTRA-MARATHOn, VIETNAM (150 km)
1996: 6 Septembre, MARATHON de BERLIN (Allemagne)-2h55', Octobre GRAND RAID de LA REUNION (130 km non-stop, dénivelé 7000m-26h30' de course)
1997, Avril, MARATHON de LONDRES (Royaume-Uni)
Eté, Courses de montagne dont Zierre Zinal (Suisse)-35 km et «Tour des Dents du Midi» (70 km)
1998, Avril, MARATHON de ROTTERDAM (Pays-Bas)
Juillet, 6 000D à La Plagne (France)-55 km
Septembre: SPARTATHLON (Grèce)-246 km non-stop-33h25'-
concurrents au départ: 196; à l'arrivée: 81
- classement 32è au général et 6è français-

SAISON 1999, Février, L'ENFER VERT (Guyane)-(Raid de 200 km en Amazonie)
Novembre, TRAVERSEE de LA REUNION-(3è participation)- 24h45'-125km-8 000m dénivelé - Classement : 63è/1800

Décembre, TRANSMAURITANIENNE (Désert du Sahara)-323km non stop - température: 44°C-61h25'-4è au scratch/63 coureurs


Thierry Poupard
France
Occupation: Hotel Manager
Birthday: 6/24/1954, Age: 46
Number of Years: 20
Number of Marathons: 21
50k-10
50mi-n/a
100km-31
100mi-1
100mi+-11

Ultra Run Experience: Spartalhon in 98, AC100, world champoinship of 100K, French 24H

Challenge: Spartathlon

Why: For the challenge of testing my limits

Why Badwater: Because of the mystic of the Deathvalley
Other Exp.: Cross country skiing
Resume: Best times: 3h01 Marathon. 9h14 100k on road. 210kms in 24h.
Spartalhon in 98 246kms in 34h
1999: 100kms Aunis 9h45; Worldchampoinship 100kms: 468eme; French 24h champoinship 12eme
184kms; AC100 Angel Crest 31h18.


Johann Pratscher
St. Ruprecht/Raab, Steiermark, Austria
Occupation: Store manager
Birthday: 22.01.1976, Age: 24
Number of Years: 9
Number of Marathons: 6
50k-4
50mi-
100km-2
100mi-
100mi+-2

Ultra Run Experience: marathon des sables 99, dolomitenmann 98, 2 24 hour races 97, 99

Weird Experience: marathon des sables 99, to know how my body check the heat for Badwater

Challenge: 24 hours run`s (about 200 km), marathon des sables

Why: I love running long distance races. I want to know what my body can to. I want to test my mental side

Why Badwater: I have seen the race 3 years ago in the TV and told me that I want to run this race. I want to know what my body can to.

Other Exp.: 2 IRONMAN triathlons, andalucia extrem mountainbike challenge, Hiking to the summit of a lot of mountains


Amerigo Puntelli
Carrara, Massa-Carrara, Italy
Occupation: Technical Employes
Birthday: 1.10.1961, Age: 39
Number of Years: 10
Number of Marathons:
50k-
50mi-
100km-
100mi-1
100mi+-2

Ultra Run: MARATHON DES SABLES(1999)-DESERT MARATHON LYBIA(1998)-TRANSMAURITANIA(1999)

Ultra Run Experience: TRANSMAURITANIA 1999 - KM 323 NONSTOP I HAD MANY STRONG FEELINGS AND EMOTIONS

Why: MAINLY FOR SELF SATISFACTION IN PROVING MY ENDURANCE LEVELS

Why Badwater: PRINCIPALLY, IT IS A NEW GEOGRAPHICAL LOCATION FOR ME AND FOR THE EXPERIENCE OF PURSUING MY PASSION FOR DESERT MARATHONS

Other Exp.: SPELEOLOGY, PARASHUTIST, MOUNTAINCLIMBING


Irina Reutovich
Citizen of Kaliningrad, Russia.
Age: 50

Total number of marathons and ultramarathons
marathon: 24
50Mi: 4
100Km: 6
24-hours: 12
More than 24 hours: 1

Civil engineer, "Gidrostroi" company. The honored Master of Sport in mountaineering. Started to run ultra long marathons at the beginning of 1990. A threefold champion of Russia and a twofold champion of Europe in a 24-hour race; a threefold champion of the world.


Ephraim Romesberg
San Jose, California, USA
Occupation: Retired
Birthday: 11/25/30, Age: 69
Number of Years: 22
Number of Marathons: 45
50k-12
50mi-40
100km-7
100mi-14
100mi+-6

Previous Badwater Racing: 1998 finished in 53:30, and 1999 finished in 53:10
Previous Badwater Clinic 1998 two clinics with Ben Jones,

Ultra Run: Leadville Trail 100 - 3 times, Western States 100 -8 times, Wasatch 100 - 1 time plus others.

Ultra Run Experience: Completed the Grand Slam of Ultrarunning at age 66. Slam consisted of doing 4 difficult trail 100 milers in the same season: Old Dominion 100 in Virginia at the end of May, Western States 100 in late June,
Leadville Trail 100 in August, and Wasatch 100 in September. Also ran 68 miles 794 yards at Redwood
Empire in Sana Rosa on 3/19/94 to set national age record for 12 hrs on the track for 60 to 64 age group.

Weird Experience: Gibson Ranch 6 day run on hard surface in 1990-91 at age 60. Ran 341 miles and got very sore feet.
Spent weeks healing my feet.

Challenge: Completing the Grand Slam of ultra running at age 66. At age 66 it is hard to recover sufficiently between events in order to do the next one.

Why Badwater: Because.

Charity: The American Cancer Society.

Resume: My running resume consists of completing 45 marathons and 84 ultramarathons since I started running at age 48. My personal bests all came at age 51 and 52 and are: 5K in 17:? minutes, 10K in
36:06, 10 miles in 1hr:1minute, half marathon 1:20, full marathon in 2:47, 50k (trail run) in 4:18, 50
mile in 6:14, 100 mile in 18:50:41, 100K in 10:14:36, and 114.5 miles in 24 hours.


Clive Saffery
Taoyuan, Taiwan
Occupation: President, Swire Coca-Cola Taiwan
Birthday: 6 Jan 1955, Age: 45
Number of Years: 32
Number of Marathons: 10
50k-
50mi-
100km-15
100mi-6
100mi+-1

Previous Badwater Racing: Finisher 1999

Ultra Run: Marathon des Sables, various ultras in Asia

Ultra Run Experience: Crossing the finishing line at Whitney Portal, July 1999. The race had not been as diverse as some trail and adventure races I have done but nothing has beaten that feeling at the end. At that moment I knew I'd be back for more.

Weird Experience: Running into Brighton one year in the Wasatch 100 and talking to a runner who was hallucinating and was insisting that we had to avoid the pink deer in the road.

Challenge: The answer to this is always impacted by the most recent run. I'm typing this a day after running Hong Kong's annual 100k Trailwalker race which given the rugged course and the climbs make it the wrold's toughest 100k, ask Bill Menard!

Why: Because I can and they give me a lot of time to think about why I wasn't born with the sporting ability to do something that took a lot less time and paid me lots of money.

Why Badwater: Last year was brilliant and I want to do it again. The Badwater people are fantastic and are a true family.

Other Exp.: Adventure races in Asia and Western Isles race in Scotland.

Resume: > Clive Saffery DOB 6 Jan 1955
1999 Hi-Tec Badwater 135 mile race 17th
1999 Action Asia Adventure Race, Philippines
1998 Action Asia Adventure Race HK 4th
1998 Taipei 100k 12th
1998 HK Trailwalker 100k 5th overall, category winner.
1998 Vermont 100 Mile Endurance Run 29th, 20 hrs 36 mins
1998 Taiwan Eco Challenge 3rd
1998 Western Isles Challenge Adventure Race Scotland
1997 HK Trailwalker 100 km 5th
1997 Western States 100 mile CA
1997 Marathon des Sables Cross Sahara Run 6 days. Fastest British Masters
finisher (daily stages 27k, 29, 30k, 80k, 42k, 19k)
1996 HK Trailwalker 100km 9th category winner.
1996 Vermont 100 Mile Endurance Run
1995 HK Trailwalker 100km 5th category winner.
1995 Leadvillle, CO 100 Mile Run
1994 Wasatch UT 100 Mile Run
Apart from the above several top five finishes in HK Trailwalker, several other shorter ultramarathon runs and many marathons. Many shorter distance races, regular top 10 finisher in Masters category over all distances.


Kaname Sakurai
Nagoya, Japan
Occupation: swimming coach
Birthday: 1964 jan.04, Age: 36
Number of Years: 20
Number of Marathons: many
50k-
50mi-1
100km-1
100mi-1
100mi+-1

Ultra Run: Angeles Crest 100 1998

Why: I love running.

Why Badwater: more challenging.

Resume:

94 Furnace Creek 508 6th
95 Race Across America 9th (unofficial finish)
96 Race Across America 7th
97 Race Across America 5th
Midnight Sun 600k 2nd
98 200km test running 20h28m18s
Nobeyama 100km Marathon 5th
Angeles Crest 100mile 17th
99 Race Across America 6th


Piergiorgio Scaramelli
Massa, Massa-Carrara, Italy
Occupation: Commercial
Birthday: 11.5.1952, Age: 48
Number of Years: 23
Number of Marathons: 70
50k-30
50mi-3
100km-20
100mi-4
100mi+-12

Ultra Run: NO.9 MARATHON DES SABLES (KM230)-NO.1 DESERT MARATHON LYBIA (KM120) -NO.1 TRANSMAURITANIA (KM323 NONSTOP)

Ultra Run Experience: TRANSMAURITANIA - NOVEMBER/DECEMBER 1999
KM 323 NONSTOP (4 DAYS)

Challenge: TRANSMAURITANIA 1999 BECAUSE WAS LONG RACE

Why: I LIKE EXTREME TOURISM

Why Badwater: I HAVE NEVER BEEN THERE
Other Exp.: SPELEOLOGY - MOUNTAIN TREKKING - SCUBA - MTB


Margaret J. Schlundt
Millersville, Maryland, United States
Occupation: unemployed
Birthday: 1-9-53, Age: 47
Number of Years: 20
Number of Marathons: 24
50k-10
50mi-11
100km-2
100mi-8
100mi+-0

Ultra Run: Leadville and western states

Ultra Run Experience: Finishing Old Dominio race in 28:00 00 in June, 1992. Because it was the first hundred race I completed

Weird: None to date, that is why I want to do Badwater!

Challenge: Leadville

Why: Personal satisfaction, sense of accomplishment

Why Badwater: Because it is different and challenging

Other Exp.: Have finished several triathlons and swam in the 1 mile Chesapeake Bay

Resume: Margie Schlundt

1989 JFK 50M 10:59:37
1990 JFK 50M 9:17:55
1991 Wolfpack 50M 8:15:47 (2nd Female)
Groundhog 50M 9:29:02
Del Passatore 100K 10:47:38
JFK 50M 9:31:51
1992 Hinte-Anderson 50K 5:36:30
Reservoir 50M 11:16 (1st Female)
Old Dominion 100M 28:00:00
Western States 100M 29:30:36
Groundhog 50M 10:28:17
1993 Vermont 100M 27:15:42
Del Passatore 100K 11:09:49 (3rd Female)
1994 Hinte-Anderson 50K 5:21:10
Bull Run Run 50M 11:49:48
1995 Catoctin 50K 9:11:45
Hinte-Anderson 50K 5:17:24
Bull Run 50M 12:05:22
Massanutten Mountain 100M 34:53:00
1996 Hinte-Anderson 50K 6:05:00
Bull Run Run 50M 12:05:28
1997 Hinte-Anderson 50K 5:53:05
Umstead 100M 26:59:48
Massanutten Mountain 100M 33:32:13
1998 Hinte-Anderson 50K 6:15:54
Umstead 50M 11:04:00
Massanutten Mountain 100M 37:21:38
Round The Lake 24 HR 76.3 Miles (1st Female)
Cle Elum Ridge 50K 7:30:12
1999 Catoctin 50K 8:50:25
Hinte-Anderson 50K 5:42:51
Umstead 100M 28:56:58


Steven Silver
El Paso, Texas, USA
website: www.phil-serv.com
Occupation: President of Fund Raising Firm
Birthday: 08/12/48, Age: 51
Number of Years: 35
Number of Marathons: 35
50k-2
50mi-16
100km-2
100mi-12
100mi+-12

Previous Badwater Racing: 2nd in 1996; 6th in 1997; 4th in 1999 (tie)

Ultra Run Experience: Badwater in 1996, my first finish; 1999 my fastest (33:57); Leadville in 1989...my first 100 mile race and my first finish.

Weird Experience: A Rick Fisher / Tarahumara Race in Copper Canyon, Mexico.

Challenge: Badwater .. the heat and the distance.

Why: I enjoy the physical and mental challenge.

Why Badwater: I'm good at it.

Resume: I was in the 1968 Olympic Trials for Speedskating; I played competitive tennis from 1963 to 1984, including appearing in the Orange Bowl in Miami, Florida in 1966. I ran college track on scholarship. I have been competing continuously since 1964 in track, road racing and ultra running.


Lisa Ren'e Smith
Bernardsville, NJ, USA
Occupation: Physical / Massage Therapist
Birthday: 9-16-60, Age: 39
Number of Years: 19
Number of Marathons: 89
50k-4
50mi-4
100km-1
100mi-4
100km+-

Previous Badwater Racing: HAVE RUN BADWATER 4 TIMES. FINISH ALL 4 OF THEM..LAST YEAR OFF THE BOOKS

Ultra Run: THE HIMALAYAS, MARATHON DES SABLES TWICE, RUNNING THROUGH THE
BAJA

Ultra Run Experience: THEY HAVE ALL BEEN THE BEST. EACH HAVE HAD SUCH WONDRFUL MEMORIES. 1999 MARATHON DES SABLES. WINNING THE RACE WITH ONLY A 5 DAY NOTICE AND BEING IN A TENT WITH THE SOUTH AFRICANS. NEXT MT WHITNEY WITH LOUISE..THE FINISH OF ONE JOURNEY WHICH IS LEADING TO MANY TO MANY OTHERS.

Weird Experience: HALLUCINATING THE 2ND YEAR I DID BADWATER...THIS IS AN EXPERIENCE THAT WILL STAY WITH ME AND MY CREW FOREVER.

Challenge: THE 1998 MARATHON DES SABLES...GETTING STUNG BY A SCORPION ON THE 4TH DAY. HAVING OVER 103 TEMP. AND STILL RUNNING IN 125 HEAT...WAS VERY SICK BUT
DETERMINED TO FINISH THE RACE...

Why: THE LOVE OF THE PEOPLE, ITS ONE BIG HAPPY FAMILY. THE COURSES ARE MOST
BEAUTIFUL AND I LOVE THE CHALLENGE..:)

Why Badwater: I LOVE THE COURSE..THE DESERT IS MY HOME AWAY FROM HOME. I LOVE THE SMALL
GROUP OF PEOPLE AND THE CLOSENESS THAT WE ALL SHARE. I THINK OF THESE PEOPLE AS MY FAMILY AND LOVE THEM ALL VERY MUCH.

Other Exp.: I MT. BIKE RACE, CROSS COUNTRY SKI, SNOW SHOE, ADVENTIRE RACE, IRONMANS ANS HAVE A LOVE FOR MT. CLIMBING...I ALSO PLAY
HOCKEY

Charity: CRPA AND BREAST CANCER


Scott Smith
ST. GEORGE, UT, USA
Occupation: SALES MANAGER
Birthday: 01-29-62, Age: 38
Number of Years: 7
Number of Marathons: 25
50k-
50mi-2
100km-
100mi-1
100mi+-

Ultra Run: HARD ROCK 100 FINISHER (FIRST 100 MI. EVENT), CATALINA DOUBLE MARATHON, SQUAW PEAK 50 MI. IRON MAN CANADA FINISH 11:18 1999.

Ultra Run Experience: HARD ROCK 100, JULY 1999, BEST BECAUSE IT WAS MY MOST DIFFICULT EFFORT TO DATE. ALSO I HAPPENED TO BE ONE OF THE ONLY FINISHERS OF THAT RACE THAT WERE FIRST TIME 100 MILE RUNNERS. THE HARDER THE EVENT THE BIGGER THE PERSONAL PAYOFF IS. THE FURNACE CREEK 508 IS A VERY NEAR SECOND. ONLY BECAUSE IT HAS BEEN LONGER SINCE THAT EVENT.

Weird Experience: IN THE HARD ROCK, DURING THE LAST 7 HOURS OF THE EVENT, I ENTERED INTO WHAT SEEMED A DEJAVU EXPERIENCE WHERE A VERY POWRFUL FEELING THAT EVERYTHING THAT WAS HAPPENING HAD HAPPENED BEFORE. TO THE EXTENT THAT I KNEW SOME THINGS LIKE HEADLAMP FAILURES AND OTHER EVENTS WERE GOING TO HAPPEN BEFORE THEY ACTUALLY DID. AS I SAID, THIS LASTED CONTINUOUSLY THROUGH THE END OF THE RACE UNTIL I WAS WOKEN UP IN A HOTEL ROOM BY SOME OF MY CREW. I DID NOT NOW WHAT MAY HAVE CAUSED THIS, BUT HAS LEFT ME WONDERING EVER SINCE. THE HARD ROCK TOOK ME 46 HOURS.

Challenge: HARD ROCK 100, JULY 1999: ELEVATION WAS A TOUGH ADVISARY. THE COURSE WAS STEEP.

Why: IT SETS ME APART FROM THE NORMAL POPULATION. THE ACCOMPLISHMENT OF FINISHING ULTRAS FEEDS MY NEED FOR INTERNAL PEACE. I ALSO LIKE TO THINK THAT MY CHILDREN WILL KNOW FROM MY DETERMINATION HOW IMPORTANT IT IS TO HAVE GOALS AND TO NEVER QUIT UNTIL THEY HAVE BEEN REACHED.

Why Badwater: FROM THE PREVIOUS ANSWERS YOU SHOULD HAVE AN IDEA. THIS IS ONE OF THE HARDEST RACES IN THE WORLD. ALONG WITH THE POSSIBILITY OF FINISHING THIS RACE COMES MORE PERSONAL TRIUMPH, MORE PAIN, mORE FUN, AND MOST IMPORTANTLY MORE PEACE.

Other Exp.: IRONMAN CANADA 1999 - 11:18, FURNACE CREEK 508 1997 - 36 HOURS, MULTIPLE DOUBLE CENTURIES, FOUR WINDS ADVENTURE RACE - DURANGO TO TAOS - 8 DAYS, FOUR WINDS ADVENTURE RACE - PHOENIX - 3 DAYS, 12 HOUR BIKE RELAY - SOLO - 1ST PLACE


Eric Steele
Wichita, Kansas, USA
website: www.ericsteele.com
Occupation: Marketing Consultant / Professional Speaker
Birthday: July 19, 1965, Age: 35
Number of Years: 8
Number of Marathons: 13
50k-8
50mi-3
100km-3
100mi-2
100mi+-2

Previous Badwater Crewing: Crewed for Scott Weber in his 1997 finish of the race.

Ultra Run: Crossing the Grand Canyon in the summer, training in mid-day Kansas heat (100+ degrees), competing in the Leadville Trail 100, climbing numerous fourteeners (Pikes Peak (8x), Mt. Elbert (1x), Mt. Whitney (1x)).

Ultra Run Experience: Winning the 24 Hour Track Race in Plano, Texas at the end of November in '98. My previous PR on a track was a little over the 100 mile mark. I surpassed that mark by nearly eight miles to finish with a total of 108.12 miles. Equally as pleasing was nipping a fellow running club member's mark of 105+ miles which she posted the previous year (at the same track event in Plano) and had been rubbing in my face for the past twelve months.

Weird Experience: Running through Umstead State Park in North Carolina, during the Umstead 100 in April of 1998 at night with no flashlight. The bridle trail was easy to see in the moonlight, however, just when I was really getting into the deafening silence of the dark cool woods around me, I heard a thunderous crashing through the woods and brush only a few hundred feet away…and the sound was headed right in my direction.

Frozen in my tracks, fully expecting to see a grizzly bear come crashing through the woods, suddenly, the noise just stopped. Dismissing it as a deer, I sauntered back off down the bridle trail, only to have the same thing occur two more times in the next ten minutes. My pace quickened significantly, as I put my Walkman headphones back on (cranking Rush’ Red Barchetta) figuring if I couldn’t hear it, whatever it might be, it couldn’t get me.

I finished the race several hours later and was thankful the UltraGods had spared me from the Blair Witch, or maybe I had only been spared from my overly-active imagination. Either way, I love the surrealistic nature of ultras!

Challenge: Finishing the Leadville Trail 100 in August of '99. Attempted in '97 and dropped at Winfield. Attempted in '98 and missed the cutoff at Half Moon (inbound) by less than 15 minutes. Finished in '99 after leaving Winfield at the maximum cutoff time of 6PM. Then barely made the next two cutoffs at Twinlakes and Half Moon (both in under four minutes). Finally finished with less than twelve minutes to spare in a time of 29:48:19.

Leadville is tough to complete when you live in eastern Kansas and don't have the benefit of training in altitude. Evidently, all of those hours I spent on the Stairmaster with a Hefty bag tied over my head must have finally paid off.

Why: To clean my own plough and continually expand my vision. Ultras have an exclusive way of redeeming an otherwise token, jag-off existence. As Arthur Clarke once said: "The only way to define your limits is by going beyond them." Ultras give me the opportunity to perpetually redefine my limits. Not to mention, they also make a great topic for speeches.

Why Badwater: Because I have been intrigued with the twisted notion of crossing Death Valley on foot, in the middle of the summer, ever since I first read about it in Ultrarunning magazine five years ago. I can still remember thinking to myself: "These people are hardcore and definitely out of their minds...I must join them!"

Other Exp.: Finished the Friedrich Nietzsche Duathlon (cycle 243-K, run 50-K) in 1994 in a little over 18 hours. Due to a wrong turn, I ended up riding an extra 20K on my bike. In the last five years I had only ridden my bike twice since that event, which is probably why I recently sold it.

Charity: Literacy Resources of the Wichita Kansas Metropolitan Area

Resume: Eight years ago, Eric Steele was a heavy smoker and maintained borderline physical fitness. He ran sporadically as a teenager, but it had never been an integral part of his life. Then, on a visionary whim, he decided to strap on a pair of running shoes again and they have never left his feet. Since that day in 1992, Eric has completed over a dozen marathons and 18 ultramarathons, thus re-shaping and enhancing his life-style through endurance training.

Eric's dedication and commitment have enabled him to take part in a variety of prestigious events such as The 100th Annual Boston Marathon, the 1st Annual Disneyworld Marathon and many more. Eric has also ascended Pike's Peak (eight times), Mt. Elbert and Mt. Whitney, ran the Grand Canyon rim to rim and finished 100 miles four times--twice in under 24 hours, with a 100 mile PR of 21 hours and 28 minutes. Plus, one 24-Hour win--compiling a total of 108.12 miles and a Leadville Trail 100 finish.

Five years ago, hoping to fill a void in the regional ultrarunning scene, Eric founded the Kansas Ultrarunners' Society (KUS). Dedicated to providing quality ultra events in Kansas, KUS races have drawn endurance competitors from 21 states and Canada, and with Eric as race director, have earned a reputation for being some of the most well organized and hospitable events in the Midwest. The Flat Rock 50K , held outside of Independence, Kansas, on the Elk River Hiking Trail is, by reputation, quickly becoming known as one of the most challenging and scenic trail runs in the country.

Aside from being a runner, Eric is a husband and the father of four children, ranging from age 7 to 13, so he understands the delicate balance between family and personal physical fitness. Eric earns his living as a direct-marketing consultant and professional speaker. His presentations focus primarily around self-transformation through endurance training and exercise. Recently, he published his first co-authored book on marathoning entitled: Marathoning 101--How to finish your first marathon! Eric also regularly speaks to business professionals, civic organizations, and high school students about unlocking their own personal unlimited potential, relative to their chosen vocation or discipline. Eric earned his Bachelor's Degree (with High Honors) in Business Management from Friends University.


Paul Stone
Bullard, Texas, USA
Occupation: Writer
Birthday: 12/18/61, Age: 38
Number of Years: 11
Number of Marathons: 5
50k-28
50mi-12
100km-0
100mi-2
100mi+-2

Ultra Run: 1993 Trans Texas Run for the Homeless (ran 670 miles in 17 days from Mexico-to-Oklahoma border in May and June.

Ultra Run Experience: Trans Texas Run and 1992 Dallas UltraRunners/Plano Pacers 48-Hour Run (finished third with 150.62 miles).

Weird Experience: Probably Trans Texas Run. Just a myriad of experiences, including seeing illegal aliens in the woods near a roadside park, people asking if we needed a ride, etc.

Challenge: Again. Trans Texas and 48-Hour runs, just for the obvious reasons of continuing to answer the bell day-after-day and hour-after-hour.

Why: It is the typical response, but I love identifying a massive challenge and then doing the necessary things to accomplish it.

Why Badwater: It's just a unique event (from lowest to highest) and I would like to have my name included among those who have accepted the challenge.


Michael Styllas
Corvallis, Oregon, USA (Greece)
Occupation: Oceanography Graduate Student
Birthday: 06/25/74, Age: 26
Number of Years: 9
Number of Marathons: 8
50k-6
50mi-1
100km-1
100mi-
100mi+-

Ultra Run Experience: Greek Ultramarathon (Ancient route from Athens to Sparti ~100km), 6 times Mt Olympus matathon (9,000ft) in Greece

Weird Experience: 1994 (20 yrs old) at Mt Olympus mountain ultramarathon it was raining/hailing for the entire race. I did it!!

Challenge: Badwater I knew about this race a while ago and know fortune brought me to US for graduate studies, I will take the challenge

Why: To prove myself many times that there is nothing that CAN'T be done. Physical limits exist in order to get over them, mental limits are not restricted at any point

Why Badwater: Challenge it will make me feel stronger if I finish

Other Exp.: During my military in Greece I was at the navy special forces (same training with your Navy SEALS, so gone through hellweek and the BIG swim about 6 miles)


Robert Thurber
Houston, TX, USA
Occupation: Executive
Birthday: 4-15-47, Age: 53
Number of Years: 14
Number of Marathons: 7
50k-10
50mi-5
100km-
100mi-
100mi+-

Previous Badwater Racing: 1998
Previous Badwater Clinic 1998 and 1999

Ultra Run: Texas, Florida, Alabama

Ultra Run Experience: Badwater 1998--The contestants, the course, the crew, and most of all Badwater Ben and First Lady Denise!

Weird Experience: From Townes Pass to Panimint Valley I kept thinking that the sealant on the road was rattlesnakes!

Challenge: Badwater 1998. My feet lost all 11 layers of skin

Why: Most things in life I know, but in an ultra you never know.

Why Badwater: Because Badwater did me in 1998, and I was injuried 3 weeks to Badwater 1999.


Eugene Trahern
Brier, WA, USA
Occupation: Structural/Earthquake Engineer
Birthday: October 28, 1962, Age: 37
Number of Years: 25
Number of Marathons: 20
50k-23
50mi-19
100km-2
100mi-11
100mi+-0

Ultra Run: Heat: Western States 100, Mohican 100; Altitude: Hardrock 100, Leadville 100

Ultra Run Experience: Pacific Crest Trail - Stevens Pass to Snoqualmie Pass, 70 miles of unsupported wilderness with Mark "Guide Dog" Hartinger and Ike "Legend" Hesler. First to travel route in under 1 day (18:05).

Weird Experience: Barkley Marathon 4/95. A true combination of patience, pure guts, and luck.

Challenge: Hardrock 100 7/93. Extremely tough run at altitude for a sea level runner. Lost massive weight due to nausea, but will forever remember the run as challenging and extremely beautiful. A great time.

Why: Would someone please tell me so I can stop!!!
Probably a combination of the adventure and challenge.

Why Badwater: Because it is tough and there are only a few who have completed Barkley, Hardrock and Badwater. A truly tough trifecta.

Resume: EUGENE TRAHERN - RACE RESULTS

MARATHONS
Date Race City Dist Time Place
1 6/24/79 Homestead Marathon Roseburg, OR 26.2 3:08 16th/44
2 10/26/80 Portland Marathon Portland, OR 26.2 3:00:18 2nd 18 & Under
3 2/28/81 Trails End Marathon Seaside, OR 26.2 3:24
4 5/1/88 Long Beach Marathon Long Beach, CA 26.2 3:09
5 3/4/89 Los Angeles Intl Marathon Los Angeles, CA 26.2 2:59:59 200th/14,500
6 5/7/89 Long Beach Marathon Long Beach, CA 26.2 2:49:34
7 6/1/89 Palos Verdes Marathon Rolling Hills, CA 26.2 3:18
8 3/4/90 Los Angeles Intl Marathon Los Angeles, CA 26.2 2:53 190th/16,000
9 11/24/90 Seattle Marathon Seattle, WA 26.2 2:51
10 11/30/91 Seattle Marathon Seattle, WA 26.2 2:53:28
11 11/28/92 Seattle Marathon Seattle, WA 26.2 3:10:06
12 2/20/93 Trails End Marathon Seaside, OR 26.2 3:17:26 2nd/40
13 5/21/95 Capital City Marathon Olympia, WA 26.2 2:59:01 18th/400
14 8/12/95 Crater Lake Marathon Crater Lake Natl Park, OR 26.2 3:18 8th/75
15 9/29/96 Portland Marathon Portland, OR 26.2 2:54 80th/4000
16 11/29/97 Seward Park Seattle, WA 26.2 3:21:13 2nd tie w/Scott K.
17 6/28/98 Sri Chinmoy - Myrtle Edwards Seattle, WA 26.2 3:02:47 3rd tie w/Mark H.
18 11/29/98 Seattle Marathon Seattle, WA 26.2 3:39:00 Day after 3:35 - 50km
19 12/13/98 Honolulu Marathon Honolulu, HI 26.2 6:23:32 Marci's first marathon
20 6/27/99 Sri Chinmoy - Myrtle Edwards Seattle, WA 26.2 3:04:28 1st overall
Ave time= 3:16:48

ULTRAMARATHONS
Date Race City Dist Time Place
1 4/8/89 American River Sacramento, CA 50 7:28:28 1st 20-29, 16th/400
2 8/5/89 Orange 12 Hr Run Orange, CA 76.25 12:00:00 1st/24
3 8/26/89 Mule Run Ultra Bishop, CA 31 5:18:27
9/10/89 McKenzie River 50 Blue River, OR DNF Dropped at 26.2
4 2/4/90 Pacific Crest Trail Boulder Oaks, CA 50 8:13:52 3rd/150
5 3/17/90 Malibu Trail 50 Malibu, CA 50 9:12:59 9th/150
6 6/30/90 Western States 100 Auburn, CA 100 23:39:49 1st 29&Under, 63rd/400
7 9/8/90 McKenzie River Blue River, OR 50 8:58:57 1st 29&Under
8 10/27/90 Mountain Masochist Lynchburg, VA 50 8:06:22 8th/250
9 1/5/91 A Winter Run (UCM) Seattle, WA 31 3:42:22 1st/30
10 1/26/91 Mudderfell 6 Hr Portland, OR 42.9 6:00:00 1st Open,2nd/70,20-29 record
11 3/9/91 Greater Oregon Health Service Grants Pass, OR 50 6:22:28 1st 20-29, 3rd/40
12 6/30/91 Western States 100 Auburn, CA 100 21:40:53 1st 29&Under, 39th/400
13 9/7/91 McKenzie River Blue River, OR 50 7:20:55 1st 29&Under record, 3rd/75
14 9/29/91 Megans Run - 24 Hr Portland, OR 63.9 24:00:00
15 1/4/92 Fat Ass 50 Tiger Mtn, WA 31 4:50:30 1st/30
16 1/25/92 Mudderfell 6 Hr Portland, OR 40.5 6:00:00 3rd/70
17 3/14/92 Southern Oregon Med. Ctr Grants Pass, OR 31 3:34:58 1st/30
18 5/9/92 Mauna Kea Mauna Kea S.P., HI 50 11:08 1st/25
6/28/92 Western States 100 Auburn, CA DNF Dropped at 55.7
19 7/26/92 Vermont 100 So. Woodstock, VT 100 21:43:34 54th/250
20 8/16/92 Leadville 100 Leadville, CO 100 26:25:36 3rd 29&Under, 46th/xxx
21 11/15/92 Granite Falls Granite Falls, WA 31 4:19:03 4th/25
4/1/93 Barkley 55/100 Wartsburg, TN DNF 23 miles (11 hrs)
22 5/9/93 Lower Rogue River Run Grants Pass, OR 42 6:59 For fun-1st/35
23 6/5/93 Winterhawk Portland, OR 50 7:58:10 1st Open, 4th/50
24 7/10/93 Hardrock Silverton, CO 100.6 44:37:00 21st/45
25 9/18/93 McKenzie River Blue River, OR 50 7:31:24 6th/65
26 11/14/93 Granite Falls Granite Falls, OR 31 4:29:17
27 11/20/93 JFK Hagerstown, MD 50 7:43:37 19th/450
28 1/1/94 Fat Ass 50 Tiger Mtn, WA 50 8:12 1st/2
29 3/20/94 Pacific Rim 1 Day Longview, WA 63 24:00:00
30 5/15/94 Lower Rogue River Run Grants Pass, OR 84 14:59:00 For fun-1st/35
6/1/94 Mohican 100 Loudonville, OH DNF Dropped at 54
31 11/12/94 Granite Falls Granite Falls, WA 31 4:42:40 1st/20
32 11/26/94 Seward Park Seattle, WA 31 3:51 1st/25, CR
12/31/94 Fat Ass 50 Tiger Mtn, WA DNF Dropped-twisted ankle
33 3/18/95 Pacific Rim 1 Day Longview, WA 40 24:00:00
34 4/1/95 Barkley Wartsburg, TN 60 39:24:00 5th/39, 6 finishers
5/6/95 Elk/Beaver Lake Ultra Victoria, B.C. DNF
35 6/17/95 Mohican Loudonville, OH 100 25:26:28 19th (tie)/85
9/9/95 Wasatch 100 Heber City, UT DNF Dropped at 60
36 11/11/95 Granite Falls Granite Falls, WA 31 4:29:30 3rd overall (tie)
37 11/25/95 Seward Park Seattle, WA 31 3:42:23 1st/20 tie, CR
38 12/30/95 Fat Ass 50 Tiger Mtn, WA 31 6:24:39 Dismal - Major cramps
39 1/20/96 Twilight 50km Redmond, WA 31 5:01:10 3rd overall
40 3/16/96 Pacific Rim 1 Day Longview, WA 52 24:00:00 Dropped-hurt foot at 47 miles
41 4/21/96 Falls To Gasworks Falls City, WA 52 6:55:00 2nd overall
42 6/7/96 Kettle Moraine 100 Mile Eagle, Wisc 100 20:18:00 5th overall
43 7/27/96 White River 50 Enumclaw, WA 50 10:10:00 Hot, bad cramps
44 9/7/96 McKenzie River 50 McKenzie River, OR 50 8:47:00 3rd overall
45 11/16/96 Herzog Memorial 50k Granite Falls, WA 31 4:41:50 1st overall (tie)
46 11/30/96 Seward Park Seattle, WA 31 3:38:00 1st overall
47 1/4/97 Fat Ass 50 Tiger Mtn, WA 31 6:31:00
48 4/20/97 WSU 100km Pullman, WA 62 9:32:18 2nd overall
49 6/7/97 Winterhawk Portland, OR 50 7:47:14
50 7/18/97 Sawtooth Odessy Stanley, ID 55 17:07:00
51 10/26/97 ORRC Autumn Leaves Wilsonville, OR 31 3:49:58 2nd overall
52 11/8/97 Herzog Memorial 50k Granite Falls, WA 31 4:30:20 2nd overall
53 1/3/98 Fat Ass 50 Tiger Mtn, WA 31 7:00:00
54 2/7/98 Rocky Racoon Huntsville, TX 100 19:11 11th overall - tie with Hartinger
55 3/21/98 Sri Chinmoy 50-mile Burnaby, B.C. 50 6:55:57 1st overall/25
56 5/23/98 Sri Chinmoy 24 hour Seattle, WA 33 24:00:00 Training run
57 6/6/98 Winterhawk Portland, OR 50 8:48:11 17th, helped Stuart with headwound
58 9/5/98 Eagle 100 Penticton, BC 101.8 26:10:00 3rd (tie) overall
59 11/14/98 Herzog Memorial 50k Granite Falls, WA 31 4:15:36 3rd (tie) overall
60 11/28/98 Seward Park Seattle, WA 31 3:35:05 3rd overall
61 1/2/99 Fat Ass 50 Tiger Mtn, WA 31 5:46
62 2/13/99 Jack Frost 5 hr West Linn, OR 34 5:00
63 2/27/99 Yours Truly Seattle, WA 31 4:35 Run w/ Hartinger
64 3/27/99 Chuckanut 50 km Bellingham, WA 31 5:20 13/100 - training run
65 4/10/99 American River Sacramento, CA 50 7:27 31st/700
66 5/1/99 Sunflower Double Twisp, WA 43 3:16 3:56 out
67 5/29/99 Lower Rogue River Run Grants Pass, OR 84 17:13 8:46 down, 8:27 back
68 7/17/99 Elkhorn 100km Montana City, MT 63 12:32 14th overall
69 8/21/99 Cascade Crest Classic 100 Easton, WA 100 26:52:00 2nd overall (tie)
70 9/25/99 Angeles Crest 100 Wrightwood, CA 100 30:39:00 56th overall

Total Ultra Distance = 3705.95
Average Ultra Distance = 52.94214286
Total Marathon & Ultra Dist= 4229.95

OTHER NOTABLE PERFORMANCES
Date Event City Dist Time Place/Comments
1 7/21/95 PCT-Stevens to Snoqualmie Pacific Crest Trail, WA 65 18:05 First in one day,
w/Ike & Mark
2 8/19/95 North American Rogaine Bald Mountain, WA 24 hr 1740 pts 3rd overall, 2nd
Open
3 3/1/97 North American Rogaine Tuscon, AZ 24 hr 2600 pts 5th overall
4 8/4/98 World Rogaine Championships Kamloops, BC 24 hr 920 pts Dropped at 7 hrs
5 11/6/99 Grand Canyon Double Crossing Grand Canyon Natl Park, AZ 41 12:50 Pulled
right quad on north rim


Ian Tripp
Morton, Bourne, Lincolnshire, England
Occupation: Royal Air Force Officer - Squadron Leader
Birthday: 10 June 1962, Age: 38
Number of Years: 18
Number of Marathons: 10
50k-
50mi-
100km-1
100mi-1
100mi+-2

Previous Badwater Crewing: Crew leader Kate White, crewed for Cathy Tibbetts in 1999.

Ultra Run: 7 day sahara marathon (marathon des Sables), Himalayan 100 mile stage race, Comrades Ultra marathon

Ultra Run Experience: Marathon des Sables, 1997. A team of 3 ran together, a first for the Royal Air Force. Times were acceptable given the conditions. It was a good event for the race itself and because of the contacts and friends that were made. Cathy Tibbetts has been a great friend ever since. Lisa was, and is always charming!

Weird Experience: Nearly suffocating! During the Everest Marathon, the snow was not removed from the roof of the tent, and I nearly suffocated. I woke up in a what I thought was a panic attack unable to breathe. Had I not got out of bed and removed the snow, my partner and I would be dead.

Challenge: The Himalayan 100 - it was steep!

Why: Because they are fun, I enjoy them and the people are unique.

Why Badwater: It's a great race. Kate came back from the race this year and was so enthusiastic about it. It has a great reputation in the UK and is a challenge. Since the Major from the US marines struggles we know it's no easy race, but the RAF are prepared and ready to send a team of up to 3 runners and a support crew of up to 12 people.

Other Exp.: Completed Powerman, missing representing Great Britain by one place.

Resume: Trekking and climbing experience in Greenland, Iceland, Napal and the Alps. Leader of the first RAF team to enter and complete the 7 day Sahara Marathon and the Himalayan 100 mile stage race in 1997. In 1998 Ian was part of the team that became National Trail running champions who then went to South Africa to race the Comrades ultra , it was the 'up' route that year. In 1999 Ian organised and lead the first RAF team to compete in the month long Bufo Everest Marathon. A qualified member of the British Association of Emergency Medical Technicians, Ian worked and raced for 3 years in the Middle East and has visited Death Valley previously.


Marshall Ulrich
Fort Morgan, Colorado, USA
website: www.teamstraydogs.com (being built)
Occupation: businessman
Birthday: July 4, 1951, Age: 49
Number of Years: 20+
Number of Marathons: don't keep track
50k-
50mi-
100km-
100mi-
100mi+-89 averaging over 100+ miles

Previous Badwater Racing: 8 times Badwater Course experience, 1 solo event, 1 south to north monument crosssing--9 times from Badwater to the top of Mount Whitney
Previous Badwater Crewing: Helped crew Denise in 1995

Ultra Run: 5 Eco Challenges, 1 Raid Gauloises

Ultra Run Experience: Solo, self-contained, unaided Badwater to the top of Mount Whitney. 1999. Because it showed me more about myself than any other ultrarun and was the toughest.

Weird Experience: many, many, great experiences--if I had to name one, it would be the hallucnation of a slilver bikini clad, inline rollerbladeing, knockout babe, that skated in front of me for five minutes during the solo.

Challenge: 1999 solo. Very difficult.

Why: To see what makes me tick. And especially to be around my friends (who are my family).

Why Badwater: It can be a very spiritual, awakening process.

Other Exp.:

Iditashoe, quad pikes peak (twice), pikes peak-Leadville 100 combo (on the same weekend), leadville triple crown (100mile bicycle, run, and kayak consecutive weekends) 3 time winner run across colorado (300-325miles), death valley cup record holder (Badwater + furnace creek 508 same calender year), 5 eco challenges, 1 raid gauloises-etc.


Gérard Verdenet
Montgesoye, France
Occupation: Psychomotricien
Birthday: 15/05/49, Age: 51
Number of Years: 10
Number of Marathons: 15 at the beginning
50k-
50mi-
100km-4
100mi-
100mi+-16

Ultra Run: In heat : 5 marathons des sables (230km in desert), Spartathlon (246 km in Greace), Transmauritanie( 323 km in desert)

Ultra Run Experience: Many because I have always finished but the best is the last marathon des sables because i have had no problem

Weird Experience: No weirdest ultrarunning but one very difficult the first marathon des sables in 91, many, many blebs on the feet.

Challenge: The last ultramarathon in Mauritanie (323 km non stop in novembre 1999) and Spartathlon (246 km non stop in september 1999)

Why: Because I like athletic challenge

Why Badwater: It's a very hard race and it's one that i have never participed

Resume: 5 marathons des sables, Spartathlon, Transmauritanie. Ultramarathons : Nepal, Sahara, Colorado, Norvege, Sikkin, Perou, Mexique, Quebec, Chine, Mongolie, Ile de la Réunion.


Charles Vincent
Rainham, Essex, England
Occupation: Commodities Trader
Birthday: 02.03.60, Age: 40 years!
Number of Years: 10
Number of Marathons: 4
50k-6
50mi-2
100km-2
100mi-
100mi+-

Previous Badwater Racing: I had entries for both 1998 and 1999 but was unable to compete firstly through injury and last year illness. I just hope this year will be third time lucky.

Previous Badwater Crewing: In 1998 I actively crewed my friend Lloyd Scott, who had suffered from leukaemia and had undergone a bone marrow transplant to cure him of his illness. It was hard work helping Lloyd, but he was kind enough to say that he would not have made the finish line if it had not of been for my efforts. I cannot wait to get on the course as a competitor.
Previous Badwater Clinic Although I have not attended one of Ben's clinics, I did have the great pleasure of meeting him whilst crewing the 1998 race. I have also received and sent numerous e-mails and faxes to the Jones'

Ultra Run: The Marathon des Sables in 1996 and plenty of training runs in similar conditions!

Ultra Run Experience: That would have to be the 1996 Marathon des Sables. In addition to the personal challenge, there was also a great camaraderie amongst us Brits. I also rased $1 million for charity.

Challenge: Again this would be the Marathon des Sables. Due to the heat and the sand dunes. The fact that the race was in stages actually made it tougher mentally, by the fact there was always another day to punish one's body!

Why: For the challenge. It singles one out as being able to go further and beyond what most people can attain and what they think is attainable.

Why Badwater: Having crewed in 1998, I have seen for myself this is the ultimate ultra. I also want to use the event to promote the charitable foundation I have set up called STRIVE.

Other Exp.: White water rafting, Bungee jumping, Canoeing
Climbing, Heli-skiing, Ski-racing

Charity: As I mentioned earlier, The STRIVE Foundation, which I founded last year to help people from all walks of life overcome and re-establish their lives through undertaking a scheme or project. In addition to assisting them it wil also act as an inspiration to others sufering from similar circumstances.

Resume: 1996 Marathon des Sables
1997 London to Brighton - 55 miles
1998 South Downs Way - cross country 80 miles
4 London Marathons


Arthur Webb
Santa Rosa, California, USA
Occupation: Electronics Technician
Birthday: Feb 10, 1942, Age: 58
Number of Years: 22
Number of Marathons: 20+
50k-none
50mi-20+
100km-none
100mi-2
100mi+-2

Previous Badwater Racing: 1998--44 hours 44 minutes (9th place) 1999--33 hours 57 minutes (4 place tie)

Ultra Run: Western States 100-miler 1994/1997 silver buckle

Ultra Run Experience: 1999 Badwater Ultramarathon. Trained very hard for this race using the knowledge and experience gained from the 1998 Badwater race. Felt I had the ability to finish in 37 hours. Not only did I finish in just under 34 hours but teamed up with Stephen Silver and ran side by side for the last 90 miles finishing together.

Weird Experience: The 1992 California 50-miler in Santa Rosa, CA. Finished third behind Tim Tweitmeyer and Joe Sclereth while dealing with a golf ball-sized hernia that I had to keep pushing back inside constantly during the entire race. It was operated on a few days later.

Challenge: This one is easy. The 1998 Badwater race. Seeing the course for the first time the day before the race, I felt that it was indeed manageable, but the extremely intense heat was another story. Both days the temperature was in the 130 degree mark and only cooled down to about 105 during the night. Fortunately was able to somehow finish and buckle even in the horrific oven like heat.

Why: The competition, the camaraderie of a close knit group of people and to raise money for kids charities.

Why Badwater: I have ran Badwater the last few years. This race is very special to me. It is such an extraordinary challenge. The best part of this five day experience is the camaraderie and compassion each runner shares with each other. It is an immensely satisfying experience. One only has to be part of this great event to understand. All the runners are my heroes. Badwater is part of my spirituality. I am very competitive and want to run better than last years’ sub 34 hours. Also, I want to again run with my number one hero, Lisa Smith.

Other Exp.: All I do is run everyday.

Charity: Valley of the Moon Children's Home Santa Rosa

Resume: I am Arthur Webb. I have been married to a wonderful and extremely understanding wife (Christine) for 32 years. Over the last 22 years I have run dozens of 50-mile races, numerous 100-mile races and have covered the marathon distance(usually in training runs) hundreds of times. I run between 4,000 to 7,000 miles per year and have run over 110,000 total miles. I am tenaciously competitive and finish what I start. I usually run ultras to raise funds for childrens charities. My ultimate goal after this next Badwater race is to run a marathon every day for one entire year.


Scott Weber
Littleton, CO, USA
website: www.coachweber.com
Occupation: Coach; Event Organizer
Birthday: 11-05-52; Nov. 05, 1952, Age: 47
Number of Years: 32
Number of Marathons: Lost count; it is a 'before breakfast' training distance
50k-Lost count; It is a before Noon training distance.
50mi-20++ since 1986
100km-Never have run a 100K Race.
100mi-4
100mi+-25+

Previous Badwater Racing: Finisher of the Hi-Tec Badwater 135 in '94, '95, '96, '97, '98, & '99. No dnf's at Badwater. The '6-in-a-row' consecutive finishes is the record. No one has finished 6 in consecutive years. In each of these races I also went to the top of Mt. Whitney. In addition, I completed the Triple Crossing of the Badwater to Mt. Whitney course in 1994. This effort started at the top of Mt. Whitney went out to Badwater, turned around and continued back to Mt. Whitney Summit, then continued back to Badwater. That crossing was primarily done solo, self-supported pushing a baby jogger oasis to oasis. Ben and Denise Jones would come out about once per day to make sure I was alive and to bring out some treats. Denise crewed me for the last 50 miles of that 450 mile effort. It is the only Triple Crossing ever done. That Triple Crossing combined with the '94 Hi-Tec Race has been the only quadruple crossing of the Badwater Course in a single July-August 'Season'. Thus, I have crossed from Badwater to the Summit of Mt. Whitney 9 times in the past 5 years. Marshal Ulrich also has 9 crossings, but it has taken him several more years to do his 9.

Previous Badwater Crewing: I have crewed Marshal Ulrich in the Badwater Race. Additionally, I put on the South to North crossing of Death Valley, that Marshall finished in 1994. I have done several solo training efforts in Death Valley. I also did many miles on the Badwater course during Marshal's solo effort in 1999.
Previous Badwater Clinic I've been out a couple times to participate in portions of Ben's clinics.

Ultra Run: I live and train at 6600 feet of altitude in Colorado. I have completed the Leadville 100 two times as well as the Western States 100 2 times. I have done the double Grand Canyon crossing 6 times, as well as having done 6 multi-day solo runs through the Grand Canyon. I have also done the 104+ mile Pikes Peak Quad (Roundtrip of 26 miles counted as 'one'). I have completed the 500K Race Across Colorado. I have competed in two 6-day races, numerous 24 and 48 hour track races. I have run in the Andes, the Amazon Rain Forest, and the Himalayas.

Ultra Run Experience: The elation of coaching athletes to their first 100-mile finish from 1988 to the present. The thrill of coaching athletes to a National or International Top Placing or Championship comes a close second.

Weird Experience: Solo Multi-Day loop in the Grand Canyon off the North Rim in 1993. Solo, several days without seeing anyone, on a dangerous route, being exposed to the possibility of flash floods, crossing lengthy stretches hopping from boulder to boulder along the Colorado River where rattlesnakes continually make their presence known. Danger, fear and being far from anyone…where getting hurt meant the real possibility of death.

Challenge: Triple Crossing of Death Valley, 1994. 10 days of pushing the limits.

Why: Because I can.

Why Badwater: For the adventure.

Other Exp.: In the 70'as and 80's I cycled in USCF Races. I did a couple 200+ mile rides including the Grand Loop in Colorado: Boulder, Golden, Idaho Springs, Granby, Estes Park, Boulder. I've also completed a long-course High Altitude Triathlon starting and ending in Estes Park, Colorado.


Uli Weber
Pfalzgrafenweiler, Baden Württemberg, Germany
Occupation: Manager
Birthday: 23. May 1949, Age: 51 Years
Number of Years: 20 Years
Number of Marathons: 80
50k-10
50mi-
100km-10
100mi-
100mi+-

Ultra Run: 1 Ultraman Hawaii, Marathon des Sables, Gigathlon Swisse

Weird Experience: Marathon des Sables
Why: For my life

Why Badwater: For my mind


Lynne Werner
Seattle, WA, USA
Occupation: university professor
Birthday: 06/28/51, Age: 49
Number of Years: 16-1/2
Number of Marathons: 50
50k-9
50mi-11
100km-3
100mi-3
100mi+-3

Ultra Run: Western States 100, Crown King Scramble 50 mi, see resume below

Ultra Run Experience: Olander Park 24 hour run, 1999. I planned my race very carefully and trained specifically to be able to maintain the correct pace for many hours. Although the race didn't go perfectly, I stuck to my plan and found that I was able to do better than I expected.

Weird Experience: The first time I ran 100 miles was in a 24 hour race, the Pacific Rim One Day Run in 1997. My plan was to stay on my feet for 24 hours as training for my first Western States. I had no ambition to cover any distance. After the first 40 miles, I walked for long periods of time, but I always found that my energy would return and that I could run again. I ran and walked all night, thinking I might break 90 miles. A few hours from the finish my husband brought me a latte from Starbucks and told me that I could break 100 miles. I took off running and didn't walk another step til I had finished 101 miles. By ultra standards this isn't so weird, but to someone just learning how ultras work it was extremely weird to me that I could keep coming back like that. The process isn't one of continual gradual breakdown, but of breaking down and coming back.

Challenge: Western States has been challenging to me all 3 times that I've started it (97, 98, 99). The first year my digestive system went wacko, but I forced myself to complete the course. It turned out I'd contracted giardia during training. The second year was a big snow year. I got through the snow ok, despite my fears about it. Unfortunately I wore myself out on the road section and ended up dropping at 70 miles. The third year saw a good deal of snow and lots of blown down trees on the course. That slowed me down and tired me out, but I was able to hang on fine to finish.

Why: I like running. I enjoy the planning process that is involved in running ultras, including planning both the training and the race itself. I enjoy the sense of accomplishment at the finish.

Why Badwater: I've visited Death Valley a couple of times and found it beautiful. I would enjoy running an ultra there, and the Badwater race has always interested me. I think I generally run well under difficult conditions. It would be my family's idea of a fun vacation.

Other Exp.: Seattle to Portland Ride, 1995, 196 mi

Resume: Lynne Werner

Summary of marathon performance:
50 marathons completed between October, 1983 and November, 1999.
Boston Marathon 1987, 1988, 1996
Death Valley Trail Marathon 1997, 1999
In 1999 completed DVTM in 4:37 on February 6, Las Vegas International Marathon in 3:55 on February 7.
Personal best - 3:12:09, Portland Marathon 1987
Best in last 5 years - 3:42:51, Vancouver International Marathon 1995
DNFs - 4

Summary of ultramarathon performance:
29 ultramarathons completed between November 1989 and September 1999. (28 since 1996)

50 km: 9 races, including 6 trail runs
Trail best ñ Chuckanut Mt., 1999, Bellingham WA, 6:36:50
Road best ñ Badger Mt. Bean Run, 1989, Wenatchee WA, 4:17:57 (first woman, course record)
DNFs ñ none

50 mi: 11 races, including Trail runs - Quicksilver, White River, Crown King Scramble, Sunmart, Winterhawk, Dances with Dirt Road runs - Autumn Leaves, Falls to Gasworks, Mt Si Ultra
Trail best ñ Winterhawk, 1999, Portland OR, 10:36:52
Road best - Falls to Gasworks (83 km), 1997, Seattle WA, 8:40:07 (first masters woman)
DNFs - none

100 km: 3 races, including
Trail runs ñ Catalina Island, What Mi Wok? Road run ñ GNC 100 km
Trail best ñ Catalina Island, 1998, Catalina Island CA, 13:10:29 (fourth woman)
Road best - GNC 100km (USATF National Championship), 1997, Pittsburgh PA, 10:55:08 (fifth woman)
DNFs ñ none

100 mi: 3 races, including
Western States (2 finishes, 1 unofficial)
Umstead Endurance Run
Best ñ Umstead Endurance Run, 1998, Raleigh NC, 25:12:58
DNFs ñ 2

24 hours 4 races, including Pacific Rim One Day Run (101 mi), Meganís Run (105 mi) Olander Park 24-hour Run (116 mi)
Best - Olander Park 24-hour Run, 1999, Sylvania OH, (116.01 mi, second woman, USATF National Championship)
I completed only 55 miles at the Pacific Rim One Day Run in 1999 while crewing for my husband.

Summary of personal bests:
5km ñ Valentines Duet, Seattle, 1989, 20:02
10km ñ Saltyís Sea to See, Seattle, 40:54
Half-marathon ñ Mercer Island, Seattle, 1989, 1:28:32
Marathon ñ Portland Marathon, Portland OR, 1987, 3:12:09
50 km ñ Badge Mountain Bean Run (road), Wenatchee WA, 1989, 4:17:57
50 miles - Falls to Gasworks (83 km, road), Seattle, 1997, 8:40:07
100 km ñ GNC (USATF Natl Championship, road), Pittsburgh, 1997, 10:55:08
100 miles ñ Umstead Endurance Run, Raleigh NC1998, 25:12:58
24 hours ñ Olander Park (USATF Natl Championship), Sylvania


Jose A. Wilkie
Louisville, KY, USA
Occupation: woodworker
Birthday: 6/6/63, Age: 37
Number of Years: 14
Number of Marathons: 5
50k-0
50mi-17
100km-0
100mi-36
100mi+-2 (Badwater)

Previous Badwater Racing: Racing 2 years, 1996 & 1997

Ultra Run: Badwater & Hardrock, Leadville

Ultra Run Experience: This year I set the national record for the most 100 mile races completed in one calender year(13-100 mile races)

Weird Experience: Badwater ’96, because I fell ill through the race. I stopped for 12 hours, but then still came back and finished the race in under 48 hours!

Challenge: Hardrock 1994. The extreme altitude and how remote the distance the aid stations are.

Why: To see if I'm capable to do it.

Why Badwater: To test the challenge----again.

Resume: 13- 100 mile races in calender year (1999):
Rocky Racoon, Umstead 100 mile, Massanutten Mountain, Kettle Morain, Mohican Trail, Vermont Endurance, Mt. Rushmore Trail, Leadville Trail, Halliburton Forest, Wasatch Front, Angeles Crest, Arkansas Traveller, Mile High Trail.

Races run and completed:
Angeles Crest: 1999, 1996, 1993
Arkansas Traveller: 1999, 1998, 1995, 1994, 1992
Badwater 135: 1997, 1996
Kettle Moraine 100 Trail Run: 1999, 1997
Leadville Trail 100: 1999, 1998, 1995, 1992
Massanutten Mountain Trail 100: 1999, 1998, 1996
Mount Rushmore Trail 100: 1999, 1998
Old Dominion: 1995, 1993
Superior Trail 100: 1994
Wasatch Front: 1999, 1995, 1993
Western States: 1995, 1993

Completed the Grand Slam (Wasatch Front, Leadville, Western States, Old Dominion) in 1995

18 50 mile races completed from 1989-1998