Name: Rusty Bishop
City: Des Moines
State: IA.
Country: USA

Nationality: American
Occupation: Insurance / Banking consultant
Birthday: 1-10-69
Age: 32
T-Shirt: XL

Number of Years Running: 5
Number of Marathons: 6


50k-American Cancer Society, 8 hour race,
Ames, IA., February 2000
Ran 42 miles with a 20 lb. backpack.

50mi-Sunmart Texas Trail Endurance Race,
Huntsville, TX.
Dec. 11, 1999
Carried a 20 lbs. backpack.



100mi+-Marathon of the Sands April 2000 Morrocco (Sahara Desert) 150 miles in 7 days Self-sufficient race: carried all of my food and clothing for the week in my backpack. Starting backpack weight was 30 lbs. Finishing time: 36 hrs 0 min. 34 sec.

Previous Badwater Racing: None
Previous Badwater Crewing: None
Previous Badwater Clinic None

Best Ultra Run Experience:

Marathon of the Sands, April 2000
The camaraderie of the athletes from around the world made this race an incredible experience.

Weird Experience:

American Cancer Society, 8 hour race, Ames, IA., February 2000 I ran this race, with a 20 lbs. backpack, as a training run for the Marathon of the sands race. It was ran on an indoor track in which 5.25 laps equaled 1 mile. In the 8 hour time frame, I ran 221 laps which equals a little over 42 miles. Talk about a killer track workout!


Marathon of the Sands, April 2000 Morrocco (Sahara Desert) The race itself was challenging because it was 150 miles in 7 days thru the Sahara Desert. To add to the difficulty each runner had to carry all of their food and clothing for the week in a backpack. The extreme conditions of the race made it the most physically and mentally challenging race I have ever ran.


Running gives me a great sense of balance in my life. I enyoy running ultras because they allow me to test and reset my physical an mental limits.

Why badwater:

For the challenge as well as the opportunity to meet some unique individuals.

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Yes, I will be raising money for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society of America. I will be running the race in honor of a friend of mine, four year old, Sydney Lee Smith who has battled Leukemia for the last 2 1/2 years.

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

Resume: Marathon of the Sands, April 2000
American Cancer Society 8 hour race, February 2000
Texas Sunmart Endurance Race, December 1999
Kansas City Marathon, October 1999
Toronto Marathon, October 1999
Twin Cities Marathon, October 1999
Chicago Marathon, October 1998
Toronto Marathon, October 1997
Cape Cod Marathon, October 1996