Name: Josh Miller
City: Anthem
State: AZ
Country: US
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Nationality: US
Occupation: Law Enforcement Program Manager
Birthday: 11/09/66
Age: 35
T-Shirt: large
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Number of Years Running: 13
Number of Marathons: 4

Distances:

50k-October 18, 1997
Rocky Raccoon 50k, Huntsville, TX.
Time: 4:45:27

November 29, 1997
Wilderness 50k, St. Francisville, LA
Time: 4:48:20

November 11, 2000
Just Another Mad Dog 50 K, Scottsdale, AZ
4:34:05/1st Place Overall

December 9, 2000
South Mountain 50 K, South Mountain, Phoenix, AZ
5:45/4th Place Overall/rough mountain run

**40-miles
June 6, 1998
PENNAR 40-Miler, Pensacola, FL
Time: 6:49:12/6th place

June 5, 1999
PENNAR 40-Miler, Pensacola, FL
Time: 6:17:04/9th place, 34 Starters/32 Finishers
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50mi-December 13, 1997
Sunmart Texas Trail Endurance Run 50-miler, Huntsville, TX.
Time: 9:09:12/unk

December 12, 1998
Sunmart Texas Trail Endurance Run 50-miler, Huntsville, TX.
Time: 8:31:52/65th place/316 starters

March 20, 1999
Cross Timbers Trail Run 50 miler and 30k, Lake Texoma, TX.
Time: 9:16:50/unk

December 11, 1999
Sunmart Texas Trail Endurance Run 50 miler, Huntsville, TX.
Time: 8:28:28/65th place/316 starters

March 14, 2000
Cross Timbers 50-miler, Lake Texoma, Texas
11:14:59
Bonked at mile 27…lots of walking, but didn't quit

August 4, 2001
Pacific Crest Trail 50 Mile, Pine Valley, CA
Over 6000 feet elevation gain on rough mountain course...got pretty warm
10:30/11th Place Overall/3rd place in age group/53 starters/27 finishers

October 6, 2001
Man-Against-Horse 50 Mile, Prescott, AZ: 8:49/8th overall/23 starters/18 finishers
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100km-N/A
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100mi-October 3, 1998
**Arkansas Traveler 100-miler, Perryville, Arkansas
Time: 23:56:15/21st place/110 starters

**Ultrarunning Magazine (1998)—ranked one of top North American ultrarunners. There are approximately 15,000 ultrarunners in North America with 320 eligible for this year’s placement. Only those having completed a 100-miler under the 24:00 hour threshold were ranked in this category.

October 2, 1999
Arkansas Traveler 100-miler, Perryville, Arkansas
Time: 24:51/35th place/123 Starters/84 Finishers
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100mi+-I made two attempts at the 1998 & 1999 Mardi Gras Ultra Distance Classic 125. Being new to ultrarunning it was an unforgiving experience and showed my immaturity in this sport. I've learned to look at ultrarunning differently which changed my training approach. If I was closer to home I would compete in it and finish.

Previous Badwater Racing: N/A
Previous Badwater Crewing: I was set to crew last year but work commitments prevented my doing so.
Previous Badwater Clinic N/A

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Badwater Prediction:

Between 40-50 hours: Unlike my previous attempts at the MGUDC where I underestimated the course, I now have 4 years experience and a much more thorough understanding and respect for ultra events, particularly over the 100-mile mark. This has lead me to a much more disciplined approach to training and overall preparation. Throughout my time in the Marine Corps all of my training took place in a desert environment, primarily 29 Palms, California, where we spent weeks in intense heat. When Desert Storm reared its ugly head, I found myself in the Saudi and Kuwait desert for 5 months suffering extremes at both ends of the thermometer. I then participated in the Marathon des Sables in 2000, furthering my experience in the land of the sand. I placed 85th of over 680 runners. Now, I'm living in Arizona which has exposed me to additional, severe heat indices. I find myself loving to run and test myself when the temperatures sore. When others are running in the early morning to avoid the heat, I have learned to embrace it and respect it. I absolutely love being on the asphalt; temperatures peaking over 105 degrees, miles under my belt, sweat dripping off every part of my body, and knowing that I will beat the mercury. I'm a strong finisher at grueling, desert/mountain 50 milers where high temperatures have been a factor in the high DNF rate. Overall, I know important elements that will allow me to continue when the Mother Nature is intent on beating me.

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Weird Experience:

15th Edition of the Marathon des Sables 2000: We had just finished the 50-mile stage two days before and were one hour into the full marathon stage. I was concerned that I would be suffering tremendously yet it was the exact opposite. I felt like I entered a very quiet state and my legs and body were on automatic. The pack I was wearing felt good and I was in an incredible rhythym. The desert, heat, the course, and other challenges just gelled really well. I ended up finishing that stage in about 4 1/2 hours, the same time I ran the Methodist Health Care Marathon in Houston a few months before with the same, weighted pack. Though not necessarily weird, it was probably the most unique experience I've ever had running ultras.

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Challenge:

October 3, 1998: Arkansas Traveler 100-miler, Perryville, Arkansas: Time: 23:56:15
This was the most challenging because of a good friend. I had set my sights on 26 hours and he quickly said that wasn't good enough, I needed to do sub-24. I was very hesitant but set my sights on this goal. The race was great but I did not believe I would make it under 24 hours. I made it to the last aid station in about 23:20 with only a few miles left to the finish. Being a little out of it, my wife met me at the aid station and told me my status. I ended up running a surprising pace despite my feet being extremely beat up and finished in 23:56. It was an incredible experience crossing the finish line and one that still excites me.

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Why:

Each race tells me a little more about myself. While many are intent on applying the latest technologies to make life easier, I embrace the mental and physical challenges thrown at me during ultra events. Additonally, the people are incredible and from very unique backgrounds. Being around these athletes is what keeps me humble...and coming back.

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Why badwater:

Badwater will be the pinnacle event for me in 2002. I will be coming off the heels of my second Marathon des Sables in April and hope to use that experience to ensure a strong finish at Badwater. Since my first ultra in October of 1997, I have wanted to run Badwater.

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Other Exp.:

I have completed two Grand Canyon Rim-to-Rim trips over the last year. It was a cross between running with our packs, fast-packing, and just plain humping. The first trip was 11 hours. My good friend, a newcomer to ultrarunning, was depleted 5 miles from the north rim and we struggled up, determined to finish together. The second trip was about 8 hours and we did much better. Being so close I can use it as a regular event in my training.

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Media:

I assist with logistics and competitor registration for the US based office of the Marathon des Sables. I will probably submit various race reports to its websites detailing my experience.

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More Media:

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

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Resume: January 12, 1997
Methodist Health Care Houston Marathon, Houston, TX.
Time: 3:57:18

October 18, 1997
Rocky Raccoon 50k, Huntsville, TX.
Time: 4:45:27

November 29, 1997
Wilderness 10 & 20-miler and 50k, St. Francisville, LA
Time: 4:48:20

December 13, 1997
Sunmart Texas Trail Endurance Run 50k and 50-miler, Huntsville, TX.
Time: 9:09:12

March 7, 1998
Mississippi Trail 50k and 50-miler, Laurel, Miss.
DNF at 38 miles/ITB Syndrome

April 4, 1998
Hog’s Hunt Trail Run 27.4-miler, Huntsville, Tx.
Time: 3:52/Negative Split by 3 minutes

April 18-19, 1998
Mardi Gras Ultra Distance Classic 125-Miler, Baton Rouge, LA
DNF at 84 miles, 19 hours

June 6, 1998
PENNAR 40-Miler, Pensacola, FL
Time: 6:49:12/6th place

October 3, 1998
**Arkansas Traveler 100-miler, Perryville, Arkansas
Time: 23:56:15/21st place, 110 starters

December 12, 1998
Sunmart Texas Trail Endurance Run 50k and 50-miler, Huntsville, TX.
Time: 8:31:52/65th place, 316 starters

January 17, 1999
Methodist Health Care Houston Marathon, Houston, TX.
Time: 3:41:55

March 20, 1999
Cross Timbers Trail Run 50 miler and 30k, Lake Texoma, TX.
Time: 9:16:50

** Ultrarunning Magazine (1998)—ranked one of top North American ultrarunners. There are approximately 15,000 ultrarunners in North America with 320 eligible for this year’s placement. Only those having completed a 100-miler under the 24:00 hour threshold were ranked in this category.

April 17, 1999
Mardi Gras Ultra Distance Classic 125-Mile, Baton Rouge, LA
DNF at 72 miles, 15 hours

June 5, 1999
PENNAR 40-Mile Endurance Run, Pensacola, Florida
Time: 6:17:04/9th place, 34 Starters/32 Finishers

October 2, 1999
Arkansas Traveler 100-miler, Perryville, Arkansas
Time: 24:51/35th place, 123 Starters/84 Finishers

December 5, 1999
Dallas White Rock Marathon
Time: 3:31:31/393rd place

December 11, 1999
Sunmart Texas Trail Endurance Run 50k and 50 miler, Huntsville, TX.
Time: 8:28:28/65th place, 316 starters

January 16, 2000
Methodist Health Care Houston Marathon, Houston, TX.
Time: 4:29
Training run for Marathon Des Sables with weighted pack

February 4, 2000
Rocky Raccoon 100-miler, Huntsville State Park, Texas
DNF @ 17 miles due to injury

March 14, 2000
Cross Timbers 50-miler, Lake Texoma, Texas 11:14:59
Bonked at mile 27-lots of walking

April 9-15, 2000: 15th Marathon Des Sables/Morocco
Time: 32H:10M/85th Place Overall/684 Starters/581 Finishers

The Marathon des Sables is a 7-day foot race that takes place in the Sahara Desert of Morocco. Marathon des Sables is French for "Marathon of the Sands." The French company Atlantide Organisation Internationale produces the race, and a worldwide network of representatives promotes it. The total distance covered changes with each new course, but is generally about 230 kilometers (145 miles). There are 6 stages in 7 days. The 2000 event consisted of 16, 18, 22 (dune day), 47.5, 26.2, and 12. Competitors must carry all their own food and personal gear for the entire race. The Event Organization only provides a ration of water each day (about 9 liters, depending on the length of the stage) and an open-sided tent. Competitors are required to carry a minimum kit including 2000 calories/day of food, a sleeping bag, an anti-venom pump and a survival kit, among other things. The terrain varies from year to year, but generally covers rocky plains, lake beds, sand dunes, and occasionally runs through small villages. Day-time temperatures of 110°F are common and 125°F is not unheard of. Nighttime temperatures may drop as low as 40°F. One year it rained the night before the race started: the only thing the competitors can really count on is the unexpected. About 700 competitors started the 15th MDS (2000) and because of extreme heat and sandstorms about 100 competitors dropped out of the race. Course descriptions are detailed in a Road Book carried by competitors and the course is marked.

* Wife and I relocated to Phoenix, AZ area. New job, house, life prevented my racing at larger events.

September 3-4, 2000
Buffalo Soldier 24-hour, Sierra Vista, AZ
77.38 miles/3rd Place of 16 runners

October 15, 2000
Mazatzal 18-Mile Trail Run, Bumble Bee, AZ
2:43/14th Place

October 29, 2000
Mt. Ord Marathon, Bumble Bee, AZ
4:30:55/4th Place/18 Starters

November 11, 2000
Just Another Mad Dog 50- Mile and 50 K, Scottsdale, AZ
4:34:05/1st Place Overall

December 9, 2000
South Mountain 50 K, South Mountain, Phoenix, AZ
5:45/4th Place Overall

August 4, 2001
Pacific Crest Trail 50 Mile, Pine Valley, CA
Over 6000 feet elevation gain
10:30/11th Place Overall/3rd place in age group/53 starters/27 finishers

October 6, 2001
Man-Against-Horse 50 Mile, Prescott, AZ
8:49/8th overall/23 starters/18 finishers

Due to our recent relocation many of my ultrarunning documents were lost. I am providing all of the others I still have in my file.

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