Name: Jim Benike
City: Rochester
State: MN
Country: USA


Nationality: usa
Occupation: general contractor
Birthday: oct. 7 1949
Age: 51
T-Shirt: L


Number of Years Running: 23
Number of Marathons: 12

Distances:

50k-4 FAT-Ass 50ks 4 1/2 hours


50mi-Ice Age 50, 6 times,1999-7:50, 2000-8:15hr,third in Age Group
Voyageur 50 1993 10:00


100km-Edmond Fitzgerald 100K,1993-9:18, 1995 -8:55 hr 7th place


100mi-Superior trail 100,5 times,Best time 24:12,5th,two 7th places. 1993,4,6,7,8.
Grand Slam of Untrarunning 1995
Vermont 100,1995-20:31 29th, 1994 21:14hr,32th
Leadville 100,1995 24:14,1999-24:40
Western State 100,1995-26:30, 2000-23:51
Wasatch100 1995-27:58 27th place
Kettle Morraine100 1997- 20:27 8thplace
MMT100,1998-26:52,8th?
Hardrock 100 1997-42:01,21th
Hardrock 100 1999-40:15,32th


100mi+-FANS 24 hour 1993-106.2 miles

Marathon de Sables,2000-28:18,44th,2nd 50 years old and over.

Coyote four Play,2000 130 miles stage race 5th

Previous Badwater Racing:
Previous Badwater Crewing:
Previous Badwater Clinic


Best Ultra Run Experience:

Hardrock,so beautiful yet so tough for a flatlander.It is fun to help mark trail each day getting to know the other runners.' Ten days of great hiking spoiled by a race.'


Weird Experience:

There are always good hallucinations after the first day at Hardrock. One never knows what is around the corner.


Challenge:

The Marathon de Sables,2000, was the most challenging. Training to run with twenty plus pounds was tough. It changed my pace and stride and I was always on the edge of injury during training. The race itself was also tough because of the heat. There was still snow in Minnesota when I went to the race. One was always in the sand,there was no escape. Sand was in everthing. The temperature was either hot or cold. Like all ultras it was a mental challenge except the challenge lasted seven days.


Why:

I enjoy seeing what is over the next hill or around the corner.


Why badwater:

It's on the 'top ten' toughest list. I have run with other people who have finished the race so I think I can finish also.


Other Exp.:

Cross country skiing.American Birkebeiner 55k,Hayward,WS, seven finishes.
Vineman,1996, Ironman distance Tri.,just under 12 hours.


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English: yes
Crew English: yes
Hike: yes
Permit: yes