Name: Tia B. Rosen
City: Denver
State: Colorado
Country: U.S.A.

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Nationality: U.S.
Occupation: Volunteer/Homemaker/Athlete/Consultant
Birthday: 9-23-56
Age: 45
T-Shirt: Small
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Number of Years Running: 30
Number of Marathons: 3

Distances:

50k-Skyline 50K, 8/6/2000, Castro Valley, California, 5:34:08 (11th Woman, 7th Master)

Headlands 50K, 8/26/2000, Marin County, California, 5:32:59 (1st Woman)

Quad Dipsea, 11/25/2000, Marin County, California, 5:32:41 (4th Woman, 2nd Master)

Jed Smith 50K, 2/10/2001, Sacramento, California, 5:43:32 (crawled across the line in 13th)

Way Too Cool 50K, 3/10/2001, Cool, California, 5:34:47 (24th?)

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50mi-American River 50 Mile, Auburn, California, 8:29:53 (8th Woman, 3rd master)
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100km-Miwok 100K 5/6/2000, Marin County, California, 12:34:00 (16th Woman, 6th master)

Miwok 100K 5/5/2001, Marin County, California, 14:29:18 (34th Woman, 13th master)
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100mi-Western States 100, 6/23-24/2001, Squaw Valley to Auburn, California, 28:10:46 (30th Woman, 10th Master)
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100mi+-

Previous Badwater Racing: (only in my dreams)
Previous Badwater Crewing: None
Previous Badwater Clinic None

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Badwater Prediction:

Between 40 and 50 hours: My average for Western States was 16:54 min/mile. While I do not anticipate the same kidney or knee trouble at Badwater (I've changed my training regimen since WS as a result of what I learned there) I'm sure the heat, pavement and increased distance will take their toll. Since I now live at 5,280 feet, altitude should not really be an issue. Thus, if I am able to cover the distance at a pace comparable to Western States and add in a heat factor plus additional rest and foot repair time as well as a greatly reduced pace climbing out of Lone Pine to Whitney Portals I should be squarely within the 40 - 50 hour time slot.

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Weird Experience:

My first ultra, the Miwok 100K, was my all around weirdest Ultra experience. From the pre-race meal of red wine and bbq potato chips to the unimagined depth of post race soreness and fatigue, it changed my outlook on life. I had thought that I would have 62 miles worth of time to sing songs, chat with runners, ponder life, think about job, family, school. But suddenly, six hours into the race, the future and the past melted away and all that existed was the present moment. I still vividly remember the weirdness of it. I could see the wildflowers and the ocean, feel the mist, take each step, but my mind was empty of all thought and opinion. It was the most restful time I can recall in my entire adult life. Time did not stand still but I could no longer feel it ticking.

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Challenge:

The Jed Smith 50K has been my most challenging ultra to date. This race was a test of either determination or stupidity. Seven flat laps around a park in freezing rain and sharp hail, through ankle deep, slippery mud. My knee gave out on lap three, yet I had to slog past the finish line and all those spectators/volunteers four more times to complete the course. Each time I passed I swore I would quit on the next one. The silver lining in this dark cloud of a race, was the encouragement from other runners.

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Why:
1. Speed kills
2. I needed a change from 5K's and I love running trails
3. You can't fake ultra - you have to do the training, and work the race, or you just won't make it
4. But the barbeque and beer afterwards is the real reason!

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Why badwater:

Ever since I heard of the race "where you have to run on the white line so your shoes won't melt" I've been intriqued. And once I saw the documentary I was hooked. Life is indeed "so much richer" if you challenge yourself to expand your limits and attempt difficult things. Badwater will require intense dedication to training body and mind. I want to do Badwater to find out what happens when you go beyond what most people accept as humanly possible, and then share that knowledge. I've also always wanted to climb Whitney and the race will be a nice little warmup for the hike.

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Other Exp.:

None

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Media:

No

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More Media:

No

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Charity:

Yes.

Last year I donated money for a disabled athletes foundation; this year my projects are literacy and hunger. I think it's important to support other people who have the same desire and determination that I have, but who are less fortunate in health and/or life circumstances. I've not yet identified the charities. Suggestions?

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

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