Name: Jack Menard
City: Denver
State: CO
Country: USA

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Nationality: USA
Occupation: Painting Contractor
Birthday: 2-10-50
Age: 52
T-Shirt: XL
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Number of Years Running: 17
Number of Marathons: 22

Distances:

50k-Crown King Scramble 50k 3-21-98 7:54 204 of 221
Spring 6hr tune up Denver 4-19-98 30.54mi. 9 of 9
Mile Hi 50/50 10-10-98 DNF at 33mi.
Frozen Ass 30 miler 12-18-98 6:25 ?
Crown King Scramble 50mi. 3-20 99 DNF at 40 mi.
Bishop High Sierra 50k 5-20-00 7:46 35 of 61
Bishop High Sierra 5ok 5-19-01 7:49 37 of 66
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50mi-Sunmart Texas Trail 50 miler 12-12-98 10:55 207 of 269
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100km-Mile Hi 24 hour challenge 6-9-01 80miles in 22:48 10 of 19
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100mi-The Heartland 100 10-13-01 26:58 16 of 39
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Previous Badwater Racing: none
Previous Badwater Crewing: From July 10th to the 13th of last year, I solo aided Scott Weber - eight time Badwater racer- from Badwater to Lone Pine as part of the first leg of a multiple crossing attempt. He subsequently went on to complete the 2001 Babwater race as his third leg in PR time.
Previous Badwater Clinic none

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Badwater Prediction:

I estimate I will complete the course in between 50 and 60 hours although I really want to "buckle" this one. I usually come out in the middle of the bell curve with race times. I get closer to the front as the race distance increases. This isn't true in short races. I seem to adapt better to the long haul. Considering these data, and the difficulty of Badwater, I predict my finish time to be around 50 hours.

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Weird Experience:

In March of 1999, I decided to run the Crown King Scramble 50 miler outside of Phoenix. I had run the 50k in 1998. It was winter and I hadn't trained nearly enough for this one. Crown King is a tough desert trail race with a lot of climb at the end. By the time I got to mile 36, I was running asleep. So, I decided to wait for the sag wagon and pull my first DNF. Wrong! No sag wagon was provided.

About this time, a lady half my size ran by and called me a chicken shit! Off I went and about four miles up the trail I was totally spent. I thought this was a good place to die and at least it was warm.

Eventually, an old Toyota pick-up came bouncing along with a leather-tan, desert rat at the wheel. I told him what was up and he said hop in if you don't mind riding with a naked man! He was butt naked and informed me this was the only way to travel in the desert and that I would have to pick up trash and beer cans to the finish if I wanted a ride. For the next ten miles we hopped in and out of the truck collecting trash. We also picked up two other DNFrs' who insisted on riding in back with the trash. We made quite a scene at the finish!

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Challenge:

Running the Heartland 100 miler in October of 2001 was my most challenging run to date. I trained at about 60 miles a week including weekend marathons. I started out relatively fast and picked up Dimitri Kieffer at mile 30. We ran together till mile 50. He had set a slower pace for himself and it really helped me. After that, he was gone-beating me by nearly 2.5 hours. I felt strong to the finish and enjoyed every minute of it!

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Why:

I like running and I empower myself in direct proportion to the distance run. I had a client ask me if I ran ultras just to be able to tell people I did them. I considered the question for a couple of years and I decided that I do enjoy sharing my experiences with others- especially young people. I only wish I had started running when I was younger. I also enjoy the comraderie of ultras. My wife and I never finish a race without making a few new friends.

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Why badwater:

I first heard of Badwater in 1988 when I had just begun running distance. Hi-Tec came out with the Badwater 146 shoe that had the changeable plugs in 1989 and I wore them till they reeked. By 1995, I had run a lot of the trails around Death Valley and became fasinated with the place. Badwater Ben Jones had become an icon to me. I first met him at the Bishop High Sierra 30k "fun run" in 1996. I had the joy of seeing him glide down the trail after a casual uphill climb. I have since talked with Ben at the Bishop High Sierra races and he has always been encouraging about running Badwater. If we lived closer we would run his training camps.

In 1997, I began maintaining contact with Matt Frederick at HI-Tec. He offered me a slot for the 1999 race but I wasn't ready. So, I have wanted to run Badwater for a long time.

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Other Exp.:

My wife and I like to run the Grand Canyon and the Havasupai Indian Reservation. You can get free dogs down there!

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

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