Name: Ernie Rambo
City: Las Vegas
State: NV
Country: U.S.A.
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Nationality: U.S.A.
Occupation: Educator
Birthday: 29 April 1957
Age: 45
T-Shirt: small
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Number of Years Running: 13
Number of Marathons: 8

Distances:

50k-Run on the Sly, '97, CA, 6:52 (41st out of 89)
High Desert Ultra, '97, CA, 5:22
Las Vegas Fat Ass, '98, NV, 6:35
High Desert Ultra, '98, CA, 5:27 (2nd in div.)
High Desert Ultra, '01, CA, 5:30
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50mi-Leona Divide, '99, CA, 11:36 (99th out of 129)
Palo Duro Canyon, '99, TX, 10:52 (22nd out of 33)
Joe Kleinerman 12 hour, '01, NY, 60.4 miles (10th out of 43)
Helen Klein, '01, CA, 8:39 (21st out of 64)
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100km-none
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100mi-none
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100mi+-Marathon des Sables, '00, Morocco, 62+ hours, (a dismal 528th out of 680)

Previous Badwater Racing: none
Previous Badwater Crewing: In 2001, I helped crew for Marshall Ulrich's quad. I can't list all that I learned by working with Lisa Smith and Marshall during those days. I observed how a runner establishes integrity of a goal and how to take care of your crew. I began to understand unrelenting persistence. I learned that it's possible for injuries to heal as you're running! I learned that every runner should seek a perfect relationship with the running shoe goddess to avoid blisters.
Previous Badwater Clinic I attended the Memorial Day 2001 clinic. I ran at least 40 miles over two days. It was my first time doing longer distances after dealing with a tendon injury for several months.

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Badwater Prediction:

I expect to finish between 40 and 50 hours. This estimate is based on two factors. Factor 1: I've run a few races with Rick Miller, a finisher from last year's Badwater. I usually trail him a bit - he finished in 43.5 hours. Betsy Kapiloff and I ran quite a bit of miles together at the Badwater Clinic. She finished in 47 hours. I anticipate finishing between their two times—if it's a good day. Factor: My coach, Lisa Smith told me that I'd finish under 50 hours. I always follow her directions!

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Weird Experience:

I can't remember any bizarre experiences of my own. The closest to a weird experience would have to be summiting Mt. Whitney at night on Marshall's second trip up the mountain in July, 2001. Before we reached the summit around 11:00 p.m., Art Webb shared stories of his infamous Badwater hallucinations. I can't decide if hearing those stories or watching Art careen down the trail of Mt. Whitney (yet never disappearing off the mountainside) was weirder. The entire evening proved to be most unusual.

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Challenge:

On the fifth day of the Marathon des Sables, April 2000, we only had to go 26 miles. That didn't seem much after the long haul of 47 miles the day before. Unfortunately, a tibial tendon in my left leg had long been gone and another muscle in my right calf had blown out the previous day. Walking 26 miles through the desert took a different kind of effort than running across the desert. I sang every song I knew to keep myself company. It was a very long day.

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Why:

I enjoy running (walking, eating, whatever) on the trails all day, literally all day. I prefer the low key approach of most ultras to the carnival hype of many shorter distance races. It must stem from my marching band days of years ago—the longer the parade, the more I enjoyed it.

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Why badwater:

I won't be able to answer this question until I've finished the race—must be the right hemisphere of my brain being dominant. I know that I'm at home in the desert—can't think of a better place to run than in Death Valley.

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Other Exp.:

none

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Media:

no

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More Media:

I have not made any media arrangements at this time.

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Charity:

I plan to run for Miles for Smiles. This group was started by the nurses of the Clark County School District to enable low income families to receive dental services for their children. I chose Miles for Smiles because it would benefit some of the students that I teach.

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

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