Name: Jan Ryerse
City: St. Louis
State: MO
Country: USA

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Nationality: US Citizen
Occupation: University Professor
Birthday: August 13, 1945
Age: 56
T-Shirt: Medium
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Number of Years Running: 31
Number of Marathons: 48

Distances:

50k-1. National 50K Championship St. Louis 12/89 - 4:36
2. Silver Lake 50K Highland IL 4/96 - 5:21
3. Qivering Quads 50K Troy MO 11/96 - 6:34
4. Sunmart 50K Huntsville TX 12/97 - 5:10
5. Silver Lake 50K highland IL 4/98 - 5:49
6. Sunmart 50K Huntsville TX 12/99 - 6:33
7. Double Chubb 50K St. Louis MO 4/01 - 6:01
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50mi-1. ACS Relay For Life 50M St. Louis MO - 11:05
2. Ice Age 50M Whitewater WI 5/97 - 9:49
3. Ice Age 50M Whitewater WI 5/98 - 10:49
4. Sunmart 50M Huntsville TX 12/98 - 9:11
5. Ice Age 50M Whitewater WI 5/99 - 10:42
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100km-1. ACS Relay For Life 100K St. Louis MO 6/97 - 14:30
2. SLUG Halloween 12 hour run St. Louis 10/99 - 62M
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100mi-1. Kettle Morraine 100M Eagle WI 6/98 - 27:10
2. Arkansas Traveller 100M Little Rock 10/98 - 27:20
3. Rocky Racoon 100M Huntsville TX 2/99 - 22:44
4. Mohican Trail 100M Loudonville OH 6/99 - 27:44
5. Arkansas Traveller 100M Little Rock 10/99 - 23:40
6. Rocky Racoon 100M Huntsville TX 2/00 - 24:46
7. Old Dominion 100M Woodstock W VI 6/00 - 26:38
8. Rocky Racoon 100M Huntsville TX 2/01 - 23:17
9. Arkansas Traveller 100M 10/01 - 28:49
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100mi+-1. Olander 24H USATF Nat'l Champ'ship 9/00 - 112.73M
2. Olander 24H USATF Nat'l Champ'ship 9/01 - 121.4M*
* USATF National Age Group 24 Hour Road Ultra Distance Record, 10th place overall open men, first place men 55-59 age
group

Previous Badwater Racing: None
Previous Badwater Crewing: None
Previous Badwater Clinic None

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Badwater Prediction:

Intend to finish - hopefully between 40 and 48 hours to buckle but will give sub-40 hours a shot

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Weird Experience:

Running the 12/99 Sunmart 50K with my daughters Tashya (was then Ryerse, now Riggs) and Amy Moser. Amy was 2 months pregnant with my first grandchild - a granddaughter who was born on August 5th, 2000 - so there were three generations of Ryerse family members who completed the ultra every step of the way together - I'll have a good story to tell Sophie when she gets older and she and I start running together !!!

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Challenge:

Not listed above - mountain 100s - I have DNF'd at Leadville and Western States twice each - my lower back tightens badly with the long steep ascents and descents - not any multi-mile long steep hills to train on here in Missouri - but I'm working on the lower back problem with stretching and weights and I'l be back at both Leadville and WS again soon - I do best on asphalt roads and soft dirt trails - long gentle climbs are fine

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Why:

First and foremost is the challenge of pushing oneself to see what you can do when the going gets tough. Second is the fun of training and preparing for the long ultras - especially the 100 milers when you'll be going through the night - I love running through the night !! Third is getting close to nature on the trails, canyons and roads of the great outdoors.

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Why badwater:

The challenge - ever since I first heard about this event I've wanted to do it and after seeing the video I have wanted to do it even more. I do well in ultras on asphalt roads and I'm a good heat runner - I prefer 70's and 80's and even 90's and I'd like to see what I can do with 100 + degree conditions.

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Other Exp.:

None

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Media:

Possibly - I've had several newspaper articles about my ultrarunning training and race experience here in St. Louis and its possible local media may wish to cover my Badwater race experience.

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More Media:

Probably not, but don't know for certain.

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Charity:

Possibly - the members of our ultrarunning club - the SLUGs - the St. Louis Ultrarunners Group often pledge $ per mile for muscular dystrophy and the American cancer Society etc. All of the SLUGs know someone with cancer or MD or whatever and we do what we can to help support these groups.

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

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Resume: SLUG PROFILE: Jan "Turbo Turtle" Ryerse

Jan is one of the six founding fathers of the SLUGs (St. Louis Ultrarunners Group). He was the first president of the SLUGs and presently serves as
newsletter editor.
Marital Status: Married
Children: Two
Occupation: University professor
Height: 5' 11"
Weight: 165
Birthplace: Peterborough, Ontario, Canada
DOB: 08/13/45
Years running: 31
Number of marathons: 48
Years running ultras: 1 in '89, 28 since '96
PRs: mile - 5:08, 5K - 18:12, 5 mile - 29:45, 10K - 37:32, 1/2 marathon -
1:22:14, marathon - 2:58, 50K 4:36, 50M - 9:11, 100K - 11:48, 100M - trails 22:44, roads 19:30
Favorite shoes: Montrail Vitesse and leona Divides for rocky trails, light weight racer/trainers such as Adidas Tapers for everything else, both with
double sock liners for my tender feet!
Some ultras completed: Silver Lake 50K, Quivering Quads 50K, Double Chubb 50K, Sunmart 50K and 50M, Ice Age 50M, Kettle Moraine 100M, Rocky Racoon 100M, Mohican Trail 100M, Arkansas Traveller100M, Old Dominion 100, Olander USA T&F 24 Hour National Championship
Favorite running surface: Soft dirt trails
Ultra achievement most proud of: The 100 milers I've finished
Injury history: Plantar fasciitis
Favorite ultra foods: Gu, Ensure, turkey sandwiches, hot soup, bananas, chocolate chip cookies
Favorite ultra drink: Succeed, Gatorade, Coke
Things I like most about ultras: 1. training, 2. preparing for the event - planning dropbags and travelling to the race - I usually camp in my camper
van, 3. socializing before and after, 4. running at night, 5. getting that finishers buckle
Things I dislike most about ultras: Running in mud
Why I do ultras: The personal challenge of testing and pushing my physical and mental limits
Short-term ultra goal: 2001 Rocky Racoon 100
Medium-term goal: Badwater
Long-term goal: Finish WS and Leadvile; Grand Slam
Fantasy ultra goal: Finish every 100 miler and the the 60M "fun run" at Barkley
Two favorite (sort-of) ultra quotes:
1. "Good luck is the residue of hard work" (learned that from watching my parents),
2. "I don't know,
Though I been told,
If you don't slow down,
You'll never grow old."
(Tom Petty - Last Dance with Mary Jane)
Book reading now: Brain Greene's "The Elegant Universe" and Jonathan Weiner's "Time, Love, Memory"
Favorite all-time movie: Top Gun - especially the opening aircraft carrier/Russian Mig scenes
Favorite TV show: Too many to list - I'm a TV addict
Car you drive: '97 Caravan, plates "RN100S"
Car you'd like 2 drive: Mazda RX7 twin turbo
Favorite spectator sport: Football, track meets
Favorite subject in school: Biology
Least favorite subject: English
Least liked household chore: Dusting
Favorite time of day: Every time of day (and night) has its special appeal but I especially like clear nights with a big bright full moon
Pets: Two soft-coated wheaten terriers
Personal strengths: Self-discipline and focus
Personal Weaknesses: Chocolate
Best Ultra Advice: Wanna finish a 100? - train on tired legs.

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