Name: Michael Doppelmayr
City: Hallein
State: Austria
Country: Austria
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Nationality: Austria
Occupation: Scientist / psychology
Birthday: 12. june 1961
Age: 40
T-Shirt: medium
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Number of Years Running: 14
Number of Marathons: 8

Distances:

50k-
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50mi-
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100km-
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100mi-Desert-Cup 2000, 55:37:35; 118: 165 km through the jordanian desert from wadi rum to petra

Desert-Cup 2001, 41:28:24; 94: 165 km through the jordanian desert from wadi rum to petra
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100mi+-Marathon des Sables 1999, 58:08:21; 527km 6 day stage marathon through the marokkan sahara

Previous Badwater Racing: no
Previous Badwater Crewing: no
Previous Badwater Clinic no

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Badwater Prediction:

Between 50 and 60 hours: Based on the finishing time of the desert-cup 2001, 168 km through sand and (sometimes heat) i am sure to be able to finish in time. Compared to the much slower average speed of the desert cup in 2000 and the Mds 1999 i have to admit that in these two events i have been injured (1999) and sick a few days before start (2000). So if i can keep up my trainig and will be healthy i am sure to keep an average speed of 5 km/hour and so there will be some time left to sleep.

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Weird Experience:

Marathon des Sables: 6-days stage ultramarathon 225 km through the marokkan sahara: I had no experience neither in ultra-races nor in desert-races. Because of several reasons i had tremendous blisters already on the second day. it was very hard because of the pain but no problem because of exhaustion.

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Challenge:

desert-cup 2000: 165 km through the jordanian desert from wadi rum to petra: A few days before the start i had been sick and have been treated with antibiotics. Although this was no problem at the beginning i had to realize that my physical condition was worse than i have thought. After about 18 hours i was absoluteley exhausted and was very near to quit (but i did not). i was able to stay in the race and it was the first time i have been exhaustet to that degree. It was the hardest run i have ever done. btw. in the following year i had no problems in finishing the desert-cup - even 14 hours faster.

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Why:

I love the nature (all ultras i ran were in the desert); it is challenging to see what someones body and mind can do; and last but not least i am interested in this field scientifically

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Why badwater:

it is hot
it is absolutely challeging
it is (in my personal point of view) the logical next step after marathon des sables and desert cup

Additionally I know some people who have finished some of the races i did and who have finished badwater - and they were faszinated

Besides the personal experience it is interesting to 1) see these kind of people and 2) to incorporate this personal experience in my scientific knowledge

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Other Exp.:

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Media:

possibly a newspaper article. i do not think that the local TV will be interested if they are i possibly would make an interview

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More Media:

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Charity:

no

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

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