Name: Ruben R. Cantu
City: Santee
State: CA
Country: USA

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Nationality:
Occupation: Aerospace Contracts Administrator
Birthday: 3/27/43
Age: 59
T-Shirt: XL
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Number of Years Running: 19
Number of Marathons: 23

Distances:

50k-Cuyamaca Laguna, 1996, 6 hrs+
Holcomb Valley, 1999, 6 hrs -
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50mi-Pacific Crest Trail 50, 1993, 94, 95, 96, 97. Won age group in '96.
Leona Divide 1994, 95, 97, 99.
Lost Boys 50, 1994, 95, 97.
Crown King 50, 1999
The times are not worth noting. I have finished as high as first in my age group at the PCT 50, 1995 or 96 and on down.
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100km-None
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100mi-Western States 95: 29:33, 98: DNF
Angeles Crest 1996: 29:50, 97: 30:46
Leadville 1999: 29:16
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100mi+-
Badwater 2000: 42:53, 15th place,
San Diego 1 Day 2000 (24 hour track run): 106 Mi., 8th place,
Badwater 2001: 42:22 18th place,
San Diego 1 Day 2001 (24 hour track run): 109 Mi., 6th place.

Previous Badwater Racing:
Badwater 2000: 42:53, 15th place.
Badwater 2001: 42:22 18th place.

Previous Badwater Crewing: No crew or pacer experience at Badwater prior to racing in 2000.
Previous Badwater Clinic Never have attended any of the race clinics but heard nothing but good things about Ben's clinics. I have not attended due to time/work limitations.

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Badwater Prediction:

I hope to break the 40 hour barrier. I have come within less than three hours both previous attempts. So my goal is "Under 40 hours".

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Weird Experience:

Badwater 2000. I hallucinated several times; the first time late at night when approaching the Panamint Time Station I kept seeing Quanset Huts and tanks on the right side of the road. The second time was while starting up the Portal Road in the Alabama Hills; I saw many different animal forms from baby elephants and rhinos to lots of other wild creatures.

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Challenge:

Badwater 2001. I had a limited crew of two so I spent most of the time alone. It was especially difficult at night going up to Townes Pass and then going up to the Father Crowley lookout Point. I was suffering from sleep deprivation and had no one to stay on the road with me to keep me awake.

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Why:

I run for the health of it. I run ultras because it is a sport in which few people can or want to compete. I find most ultrarunners to be very kind and friendly people. We are sometimes considered weird by those who know little or nothing of the sport. On the contrary, I feel that we who run these distances and who have the determination and will power to train for and maintain the fitness level and decipline required to run these ultra distances are more normal than those who critize us. OK, so we sometimes do need some counseling, but we don't talk about it.

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Why badwater:

Because due to its peculiar environmental conditions BadAsswater is truly one of the most challenging runs in the world. I want to run it for the third consecutive time to see if I can continue to improve as I get older. Besides, most importantly, my wife has agreed to let me return.

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Other Exp.:

Other ultrasport experiences are not noteworthy. I have done some 50 and 100 mile bicycle rides back when I was younger more sane and was only runnig marathons. Order of finish were not recorded.

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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: yes
Permit: yes

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