Name: Mike Smith
City: Fishers
State: IN
Country: US

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Nationality: US
Occupation: Loss Prevention
Birthday: 12-1-57
Age: 44
T-Shirt: Large
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Number of Years Running: 11
Number of Marathons: 72

Distances:

50k-Huff 50K on December 30,2000 in Huntington, IN. Time was 8:09:50 and 59th place out of 80 finishers. There was 6 inches of snow on the ground.
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50mi-Sunmart 50 mile in Huntsville, Texas on December 11, 1999. Time was 9:04:46 and I placed 107th out of 253. Sunmart 50 mile in Huntsville, Texas on December 8, 2001. Time was 10:20:39 and I placed 126th out of 193.
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100mi-Umstead in Raleigh, NC on April 8-9, 2000. My time was 23:44:12 and I placed 20th out of 164.
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Previous Badwater Racing:
Previous Badwater Crewing:
Previous Badwater Clinic

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Badwater Prediction:

Based on my 100 mile time at Umstead, I'm hoping to finish in 40-50 hours. I know the weather is going to be drastically different, but I've factored in a considerably slower per mile pace and longer break times.

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Weird Experience:

My weirdest experience was probably my shortest ultra, the Huff 50K. What made it strange for me was the six inches of snow on the ground. I had never run in anything like that. People kept dropping out on every loop. I can honestly say every step was a challenge. Just when you got accustomed to six inches of snow, you would hit a ten inch drift. That was a strange one.

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Challenge:

Umstead in 2000 was a mental challenge because you do ten loops past where your car is parked. I heard those cars could suck you in and keep you there, but I didn't understand that until I had to go back out on those last three loops. It was very tempting to just throw in the towel and jump in that car. We also had a cold front blow through during the day we were running. We had rain and about a 20 degree temperature drop. Keeping yourself moving at night was tough too. Being a frequent marathoner, I was accustomed to a few more folks being out there with you. I've discovered ultras are a more personal event.

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Why:

After running marathons for years, I have decided I want more of a challenge. There is more of a physical challenge, but I believe it's the mental obstacles that separate ultras from most marathons. I enjoy the additional planning and preparation for the longer events too.

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Why badwater:

I finished running 50 marathons in 50 states this year and I like the ultra distances now. I'm going to run a marathon in Antarctica next year and would like to do something in as extreme an environment on the other end of the temperature scale. After reading The Death Valley 300, To The Edge, articles in Marathon & Beyond on Badwater, Ultra Running magazine articles on Badwater, the Badwater Race Magazine for 2001, and watching Running on the Sun several times; I was hooked. I've always enjoyed hiking/climbing in the desert. I've learned to respect and prepare for heat and elevation change. This is a great opportunity to pursue my favorite sport in an environment I've actually learned to enjoy. I have already secured commitments from at least four potential crew members. I have my sauna training scheduled and my weekend trips for acclimation runs in the Southwest planned for the Spring. I'm going to run at least one other 100 mile race before Badwater as part of my preparation for the event. I think the teamwork necessary to successfully complete the event helps separate it from the rest of the ultra events. I really couldn't find a more mentally or physically challenging event.

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Other Exp.:

Though technically not ultras, I've considered my two finishes of the Pikes Peak marathons (1999 6:48:46 282nd out of 570 finishers) & (2000 7:17:37 334th out of 539 finishers) ultra like experiences. You really have to acclimate to the environment, prepare for weather extremes and have a well thought out race strategy to enjoy the event.

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Media:

Yes for Finish Line Magazine. Finish Line is also sponsoring me for the event.

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More Media:

No

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Charity:

No

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

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