2000 Badwater Ultramarathon Entrant Biographies, A-D

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


Irina Reutovich, 50. Citizen of Kaliningrad, Russia.

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)