2000 Badwater Ultramarathon Entrant Biographies, Me-P

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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:
ÿ MARATHON DE NEW-YORK (1988/1989/1990 /1993 /1997)
ÿ MARATHON DES SABLES 1990 (200 km en auto-suffisance dans le Sud marocain)
ÿ MURAILLE DE CHINE 1991 (200 km sur la Grande Muraille)
ÿ TRAVERSEE DE LA REUNION 1991 (130 km en 1 seule étape, dénivelé positif 7 000m-classement 34è/1050 participants)
ÿ ASCENSION DU KILIMANDJARO 1992 (altitude 5 896m-classement 5è)
ÿ ULTRA-MARATHON DE L’HIMALAYA 1992 (altitude 5 200m-classement 1er français)
ÿ TRAVERSEE DES MAURES 1993 (France)
ÿ GRANDE COURSE DU VERDON 1993 (ultra - marathon 105 km)
ÿ TOUR DU MONT-BLANC 1993 (ultra - marathon 146 km, dénivelé positif
5 000 m)
ÿ ULTRA-MARATHON du MAROC 1994 (150 km)
ÿ 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