Name: Kip Buck
City: Beaverton
State: OR
Country: United States
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Nationality: United States of America
Occupation: CAD Footwear Designer
Birthday: March 28th, 1952
Age: 50 ( Am I that old?)
T-Shirt: XL
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Number of Years Running:
Number of Marathons:

Distances:

50k-
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50mi-Sierra Nevada Endurance Run 2001 14:49 33rd 53.2 mi.
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100mi-Leadville Trail 100 1994 DNF
Leadville Trail 100 1995 29:57 131st

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100mi+-Badwater 2001 49:28 31st

Previous Badwater Racing: Badwater 2001 49:28 31st
Previous Badwater Crewing:
Previous Badwater Clinic

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Badwater Prediction:

Between 40-50 hours: Having run Badwater for the first time last year, and being able to experience the extreme conditions first hand, I feel that I will be able to actually complete the race (if allowed to compete) in less than 48 hours in 2002. I was close, but no cigar. Hard lessons learned are not soon forgotten.

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Weird Experience:

During the Badwater 2001 race I had come to the Stovepipe Wells checkpoint, and it had just become dark. As i was changing my clothes I had a chance to look up the hill at all the bobbing red lights as the other runners were going up the long hill. I left ther along with my first pacer, and we had gone up until about the 4000 foot marker. As i was looking up the hill I saw a Amish man with the flat black hat, white shirt, black pants, sitting on a hay rake, were the left well had fallen off. He was turned around towards me talking to two other men who were dressed the same way. His horse team all had their heads turned and were watching all the proceedings. Well I didn't tell John my pacer about what I had seen, as John had just seen a rattlesnake float across the road in front of him, and then turn into a piece of brush. I just told John that I thought I needed to sit down for a rest. I didn't know that they had an Amish settlement in Death Valley.

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Challenge:

Badwater 2001: I had never run so far, and my goal for the race had been to finish in under 48 hours. With 12 miles left in the race, and Mount Whitney looming in front of me, I had a frank talk with my crew as to what we thought that we could do. Let there be no mistake that we might be running, but without a great crew it becomes even more difficult than it already is. We had 4:05 min. left, and I thought that we had a chance. The sun was just coming up, I felt good. I had rested, had some soup, Gatorade Bar, but I still stunk. Well to bad for my crew. We had done the first 9.5 miles pretty quickly, and I had 1.5 hours left to do the remaining 2.5 miles. Piece of cake.

The sun came up and slapped me on the side of the head, the altitude drained my energy, and it took us 2.5 hours to do the last 2.5 miles. We moved from the shade of one tree to the next, and then there was the finish. Major Maples said that " If you don't mind, it doesn't matter". I tried to apply it but I must have left my mind at the bottom of the mountain.

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Why:

It sounds like a question that my wife asks me, as well as some of my family. Everyone thinks of the Sir Edmund Hillary quote, "Because it is there." It is more than something that exists, something external anyway. In a world were we scramble, justle, and conform ourselves to certain standards to be successful, there has to be an outlet that takes us away from the everyday, from the "McDonald" attitude that surrounds us.

This is my oulet. Danger, extreme conditions, a handful of people in the world that have done it before, and the stigma among your fellow workers that you are a little looped.

Better to associate with a cadre of people who have pushed themselves beyond what they were, to laugh at each other limping, or cry because someone is so sick that they cannot go any farther, and all they have done to finish will have to be used another year. To be encouraged, aided, whistled at by total strangers is an opportunity that all people should experience, but only a handful will ever enjoy.

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Why badwater:

Last year at Badwater was unreal. I came back changed, and more creative. There is something that is awakened in that great solitude. I want to experience it again, better prepared, so that I will be able to enjoy it more. I want to spend a little more time with my fellow racers, the people that we meet on the course, sightseeing. I want to test myself again. The solitude calls to me, the peace strengthens me,the people are my reward.

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Other Exp.:

Hood to Coast Relay 198 Miles 11 times
Rainer to Coast 196 Miles 2 times
Seattle to Portland Cycle Race 2 times
Climbed Mt. Hood 11,000 plus ft. 9 times(11 attempts)
Climbed Mt. Rainer 14,600 once (2 attempts)
Climbed Mt. Baker
Climbed Monte Carlo (Washington State)
Scouting the last 16 years and many of the 60-75 mile hikes seemed more tortured than some of the other things I have done.

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Media:

No

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More Media:

No

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Charity:

No

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English: yes
Crew English: yes
Hike: no
Permit: yes

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Resume: Sorry, I am just a regular guy. But I am grateful fir the opportunity to compete with people you can only read about.
Sincerly- "kipster"

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