Name: Debra Horn
City: Shaker Heights
State: Ohio
Country: USA
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Nationality: american
Occupation: attorney
Birthday: 03/11/59
Age: 43
T-Shirt: large
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Number of Years Running: 9
Number of Marathons: 15

Distances:

50k-none
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50mi-1. JFK 50 Miler, Maryland in 1999. Placed No. 237 out of 858 finishers (18th woman finisher) with a time of 9:25:33.

2. Comrades Marathon, South Africa in 2000. Distance was 87.3 km or about 54 miles. Placed 7285 out of 23461 starters with a time of 10:03:53.

3.Umstead Endurance Run, North Carolina in 2001. Completed 80 miles before I dropped out with bad tendonitis in my ankle. Got credit for finishing 50 miles. My time at the 50-mile mark was 10:06:24. Among the 50-mile finishers, my position was No. 17 out of 106 finishers. At the time I dropped out at the 80-mile mark, I was in 15th place.

4. Kentucky 50-Miler, Louisville, KY in 2001. I finished No. 21 out of 65 finishers (3rd woman) with a time of 8:40:25.
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100km-none
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100mi-1. Mohican 100 Trail Run, Mohican State Park, Ohio in 1999. Finished 22nd out of 79 starters (3rd woman) with time of 24:45:17.

2. Mohican 100 Trail Run, Mohican State Park, Ohio in 2001. Finished 40th out of 82 starters (4th woman) with a time of 28:21:43.
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100mi+-none

Previous Badwater Racing: none
Previous Badwater Crewing: none
Previous Badwater Clinic none

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Badwater Prediction:

Based on above races, I would predict a finishing time between 40 to 50 hours.

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Weird Experience:

All of my non-ultra running friends think the entire experience of running an ultra is "weird", such as eating hamburgers and ice cream on the run, running/walking without a nap for more than 24 hours, etc., etc.

Maybe this makes me "weird" but I cannot think of anything exceptional during my ultra-running experiences that I would classify as weird. At the risk of being "committed," I can say that I have enjoyed all of the ultras I have run and have met such interesting and kind people.

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Challenge:

My most challenging ultra was one I thought would be "easy" -- the Ulmstead 100 miler in April 2001. It was billed as a fairly flat 10-mile course that you ran 10 times. No risk of getting lost and no hills. How hard could that be? Well, at about mile 60, I started developing tendonitis in my shin. By mile 80 the pain was so bad that I couldn't walk anymore. After my ankle expanded to twice its size and after a doctor visit, I was diagnosed with "ultra ankle" which is caused by keeping your ankle in one position for lengthy periods of time. So all those flat miles had really wrecked havoc on me! A valuable lesson that hills aren't so bad after all as they stretch out and give your tendons a break.

It was tough to drop out as I hate to not complete something I start. This, however, made me determined to complete a 100-miler this year so I did sign up and run Mohican two months later. While not record time, I did finish which was my goal.

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Why:

Ultras are a fantastic physical and mental challenge. They provide a huge sense of accomplishment and euphoria when completed. Once you finish an ultra, you feel like you can do anything!

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Why badwater:

It seems like such an impossible feat. What a better way to challenge oneself and see if I am up to the task.

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Other Exp.:

Although not exactly an "ultrasport," I have had some experience mountain climbing in such places as Mount Washington, The Cascades, Ecuador, and Nepal. Some similarities exist between mountaineering and ultrarunning, such as pushing through physical discomfort, spending alot of time "in the dark" with headlamps, maintaining concentration even though exhausted, and great comraderie.

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Media:

no

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More Media:

no

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Charity:

Possibly. I have volunteered with a number of local charities in Cleveland. If I am accepted in the race, I would anticipate contacting them to see if they have any interest in using this event for fund-raising purposes. It does seem like a natural event to raise money and so that is something I would be exploring.

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

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