Name: Major W. Curt Maples, USMC
City: Oxnard
State: CA
Country: USA

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Nationality: American
Occupation: Major, USMC
Birthday: 16 Sep 1963
Age: 38
T-Shirt: Medium/Large
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Number of Years Running: 20
Number of Marathons: 1

Distances:

50k-Cuyamaca: 1997: 5:30 10th place CA
Cuyamaca: 1998: 5:20 9th place
Cuyamaca: 1999: 5:30 top 20 (don't remember exact)
High Desert Classic/Ridgecrest: 1997: 4:40, top 40 CA
High Desert Classic/Ridgecrest: 1998: 4:16 top 20
Moonshadow Rose: 1996: 5:35, 11th place
Utah

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50mi-Leona Divide: 1999: 9 hours+, top 40 CA
Leona Divide: 2000: 8:32, 10th place
San Juan Hills 50: 1998, 9 hours+ 11th place CA
JFK 50: 2001, 8:34, 92d place (Out of 1000 starters)Maryland
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100km-Angeles Natl Forest 100K: Aug 1999, 11:40, top 20
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100mi-Rocky Raccoon 100: 1998 17:53, 5th place
Texas 2000 19:14, 12th place

Old Dominion 100: 1998 22:15, ? place
Virginia 2001 26:53, ? place

Wasatch 100: 1994 - 34:26 89th place
Utah 1995 - 28:56 38th place
1996 - 30:29 45th place
1997 - 32:32 79th place
1999 - 34:29 100th place

Leadville 1998 - 29:15 ? place CO
Western States 100 2001 - 29:40? ?place CA
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100mi+-
Badwater 1997 - 45:16, 11th place
Badwater 2001 - 55 hours+, ? place

Coyote 4 Play - 2000 - 4 day race (7, 50, 40, 31 on four consecutive days)
Broke course record on 7 mile, Finished 2nd place overall, (Don't remember times)

Previous Badwater Racing:
1996: Runner/Crew DNF
1997: Runner 45:16 11th place
1999: Runner DNF - Crewed/paced for Maria Dejesus after dropping
2000: Runner 55 hours+ (Don't know place)
2001: Runner DNF'd
Previous Badwater Crewing:
Previous Badwater Clinic Memorial Day 2000, 55 miles.

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Badwater Prediction:

Between 40 and 50 hours. Have finished in this range once, in 1997. Can possibly break 40 if my stomach holds!

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Weird Experience:

Badwater 1997: Zoned in and out, bled down both legs due to chaffing, had to sidestep last 10 miles due to knee hyperextension.

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Challenge:

Wasatch 1994: First ultramarathon. Suffered stress fracture by 50 mile point. Kept going. Got hypothermia that night. Kept going. Crossed finish line in tears with fractured tibia.
Badwater 2000: Ran well for about 50 miles, then began vomiting. Still at top of Towne's pass at dawn of 2d day. Kept going. Passed out twice later that day. Kept going. Blood in urine coming into Lone Pine. Kept going. Not a pretty race, but a kill's a kill: Never say die!

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Why:

Challenge. Finding something beyond known abilities and going after it. Past performance is NO gaurantee of success in any ultra. I do not run ultras because I am any sort of good runner: I do them for the challenge and sense of accomplishment when I manage to finish one.

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Why badwater:

It is the hardest of all the races I have attempted. It beat me last year and I want a re-match! I will keep coming back until I complete it or perish in the attempt!

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Other Exp.:

None.

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Media:

No.

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More Media:

None planned.

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Charity:

None planned, although I am willing. It would mean more if my efforts, sweat, and blood went to help someone besides myself.

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

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