Name: John Quinn
City: Boulder
State: Colorado
Country: USA

Nationality: US
Occupation: Software Engineer
Birthday: 09/19/1957
Age: 43
T-Shirt: Large

Number of Years Running: 20
Number of Marathons: 20+


50k-Finished 50th overall at Hawaii Ironman, which includes a 26.2 mile marathon run after swimming 2.4 miles and cycling 112 miles. Competed three times all under 10 hours with best of 9:12.

Finished in top three of Vineman Ironman (California) 2 times out of three attempts. Winning one time during 103F degree heat in a time of 9:17 in 1993.

Competed in Ironman Canada 6 times with highest finish of 18th overall.

50mi-Won the Double Iron Triathlon (4.8 mile swim; 224 mile bike; 52.4 run) twice: 1993,1994. The first time was a course record. The second time was a World best of 19:36 which has not been bettered.

100km-Placed second in the Triple Ironman Triathlon (Defi Mondial de l'Endurance: 7.2 mile swim; 336 mile bike; 78.6 mile run) in France with a time of 34:43 (fastest swim split ever; second fastest run ever; second fastest overall time ever)



Previous Badwater Racing:
Previous Badwater Crewing:
Previous Badwater Clinic

Best Ultra Run Experience:

After dropping out of the Defi in 1995, I volunteered support for many of the still running athletes. I was totally awe inspired by their courage and determination.

Weird Experience:

During the last two hours of the 1994 Double Iron, I focused on altering my experience of time passage. It was probably a bunch of crap but I didn't drop out and I ran the fastest splits of run during that last hour.


My first marathon in 1980. Undertrained at 30 miles a week, running in bad shoes, cotton shirt, and baggy shorts, I'm still amazed I made it and at the time of 3:36


Pre mid-life crisis strategy against death. And sometimes for the transcendental experiences. To quote another triathlete (and probably everybody who has done ultras), "...(a person is) never more alive than when they're close to death"

Why badwater:

I hiked Whitney with my dad when I was a kid in the late 60's. My dad would race up to the summit like a mountain goat. Going from the lowest, hottest point to the highest point is extreme. Pushing the limits of experience (performance) is innate in mankind. I feel lucky and privileged to one of the actors in this play.

Other Exp.:

See above.


I could give a call to Inside Triathlon and Colorado Triathlon publications.

More Media:


I liked to try to do that. I'll get back you.

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