Name: Mark Johnson
City: Mountain View
State: CA
Country: USA
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Nationality: US
Occupation: Major, United States Marine Corps
Birthday: 9-19-1963
Age: 38
T-Shirt: XL
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Number of Years Running: 14
Number of Marathons: 3

Distances:

50k-Whiskeytown 50K, 2001, 5:40, 4th.
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50mi-JFK 50M, 1997, 7:58, 49th. JFK 50M, 1998, 7:21, 21st. JFK 50M, 1999, 7:23, 22nd. JFK 50M, 2000, 7:11, 18th.
JFK 50M, 2001, 7:27, 31st. AR 50M, 2001, 7:16, 15th.
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100km-None
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100mi-WS 100, 2001, 23:35, 75th.
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100mi+-None.

Previous Badwater Racing: None. I did watch the video though, does that count?
Previous Badwater Crewing: None
Previous Badwater Clinic None

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Badwater Prediction:

Under 40. No specific evidence. I have never run anything over 100 miles however, I know I will break 40 hours and am shooting for a sub 35 hour time. Maybe this is alittle cocky but I am a US Marine and we don't fail. Also, my secret weapon is Luis Escobar who is going to be my primary crew coordinator. Luis is an animal and I know he will keep me on track.

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Weird Experience

JFK 50M in 1997. Did no training except marathon training so my base was good but had no idea how to run such a distance. We skipped every aid station until mile 20 and then did not walk until mile 33 which was a rude awakening. We joked about having a half marathon to go at mile 37 which, running that distance for a race would have caused me to lose sleep yet I was only 2/3rds done. It made me appreciate the ultra event and after the soreness ran its course I got me somewhat
hooked.

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Challenge:

WS 100 training run Memorial weekend. I was not used to having to walk; i.e., Devil's Thumb and Michigan Bluff. It really changed my mindset and I started running with "the course on my side against the clock" vice "me against the course". A different perspective that has helped me to run smarter.

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Why:

For several reaons. First, for the shear challenge. I love to push myself. I have found wearing USMC gear boosts my pride as a Marine and a runner. Second, it provides me a way of releasing the stress of work. Lastly, I have a very supportive wife and three great kids who eagerly await my finish so I have to get my butt moving on race day.

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Why badwater:

To represent the USMC and to run a tough course. My goal is be the fastest Marine to ever run the course. I am trying to get Marine sponsorship and have three other runners who are going to apply. We would like to run individually but as a "Marine Team". The Marine Corps is trying to support Marines in arduous tasks/events and I know this is one of the world's toughest.

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Other Exp.:

I cycled and ran across the country in June 1999 as part of a four man Marine Team. We raised money for a children's charity. We ran 10 miles a day and rode between 100-120 miles everyday for 26 days. We began in Irvine and finished in DC at the Marine's Memorial. Total distance was 2700 miles over 25 days, we rested one day. It was a great accomplishment and privilege.

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Media:

Maybe have USMC coverage for our internal sport's program.

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More Media:

No

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Charity:

Not at this time.
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English: yes
Crew English: yes
Hike: no
Permit: yes

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Resume: My resume is all listed above. Not much to say. Here is a parting thought. Running the Badwater is a dream. I am relatively new to the ultra sport, really did not get serious until last year when I moved from VA to CA. Also, I have requested USMC sponsorship for the Furnace 508 so I can compete in the DV Cup. Obviously, all is contingent upon meeting the first hurdle of Badwater selection of course. This would be an awesome event to tackle. Thanks for consideration.

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