Name: Arthur Webb
City: Santa Rosa
State: California
Country: United States


Nationality: American
Occupation: Electronic Technician
Birthday: 2-Feb-42
Age: 59
T-Shirt: large


Number of Years Running: 23
Number of Marathons: 20+

Distances:

50k-Best 50-milers
1989 Cal 50-miler Santa Rosa,CA 6:53 7th place
1990 Ledson Marsh Santa Rosa,CA 6:37 3rd place
1993 Cal 50-miler Santa Rosa,CA 7:07 3rd place
1996 Cal 50-miler Santa Rosa,CA 8:25 12th place


50mi-


100km-


100mi-1994 Western States 100-miler 28:37 187 place
1997 Western States 100-miler 23:55 102 place


100mi+-1998 Badwater 135-miler 44:44 9th place
1999 Badwater 135-miler 33:57 4th place (tie)
2000 Badwater 135-miler 43:12 16th place

Previous Badwater Racing: 1998 Badwater 135-miler 44:44 9th place
1999 Badwater 135-miler 33:57 4th place (tie)
2000 Badwater 135-miler 43:12 16th place
Previous Badwater Crewing:
Previous Badwater Clinic


Best Ultra Run Experience:

The 1999 Badwater Ultramarathon. After my 1998 finish (44 hours), I knew that if I trained properly an ran wisely a 37-hour race was possible. Everything went according to Hoyle, and I finished in a fourth place tie with Steven Silver in 33 hours and 57 minutes.


Weird Experience:

Almost being picked off the Mt Whitney Portal Road by huge prehistoric birds during the 2000 Badwater race. The smell of my body after two days of running must have changed their minds. Good thing they were not vultures. Beware fellow runners these guys will be hovering about during the night, just below the switchbacks.


Challenge:

The 2000 Badwater Ultramarathon. I trained very hard for months with the intention of breaking the 30-hour mark. Unfortunately, I injured myself one month before the race. I started anyway and after enduring two days of horrific heat and pain, I was able to complete the course and buckle in 43 hours.


Why:

What else can you do that fulfills you spiritually, emotionally and physically all in the same day (Well, except for that). The camaraderie is incredible and it's a good way to raise money for kid's charities.


Why badwater:

1. The immense satisfaction one receives by finishing this most extreme and difficult of all races.
2. The privilege to run through all the beauty that is in Death Valley.
3. Great hallucinations. Vivid and unforgetable.
4. Raise money for the needy children.
5. I have some unfinished business to take care of; I will be attempting a sub 30-hour race.


Other Exp.:


Media:

No


More Media:

If I do it will only be a home video.


Charity:

Valley of the Moons Children's Home in Santa Rosa, CA. This is a crisis center for abused and abandoned children. I grew up in a rather dysfunctional family and would not wish it on anyone. These kids are continually in need of love and support. It's just my way of contributing to something positive.


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


Resume: I have been married to a wonderful and extremely understanding wife (Christine) for 33 years. Over the last 23 years I have run in dozens of Ultramarathons and have covered the marathon distance (usually in training) hundreds of times. I run between 4,000 and 7,000 miles per year and have totaled over 115,000 miles.I am tenaciously competitive and always finish what I start. I ususally run all my ultras to raise money for children's charities.