Name: Tracy Bahr
City: Bend
State: OR
Country: USA
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Nationality: US Citizen
Occupation: Massage Therapy Student
Birthday: December 11, 1971
Age: 31
T-Shirt: Small
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Number of Years Running: 17
Number of Marathons and 50k's: 1

Qualifying Standard(s) I Meet-
Qualifying Standards: #1, #4 (after March, #3 also)
Avalon Benefit 50m, 2003, 8:01:33, 1st place overall female
High Desert 50k, 2002, 4:24:17, 3rd place overall female
Where's Waldo 100k, 2002, 14:01:19, 2nd place overall female
PCT 50m, 2002, 10:24, 1st place overall female
Tahoe Rim Trail 50m, 2002, 9:47:43, 2nd place overall female
Lost Boys 50m, 2002, 10:24:16, 1st place overall female
Smugglers 50m, 2002, 9:54:38, 1st place overall female
Thru-hike Colorado Trail, 2001, 20 days
Smugglers 50m, 2000, 11:50
Thru-hike PCT, 1999, 4 months 8 days
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50 mile races-
Avalon Benefit 50m, 2003, 8:01:33, 1st place overall female
PCT 50m, 2002, 10:24, 1st place overall female
Tahoe Rim Trail 50m, 2002, 9:47:43, 2nd place overall female
Lost Boys 50m, 2002, 10:24:16, 1st place overall female
Smugglers 50m, 2002, 9:54:38, 1st place overall female
Smugglers 50m, 2000, 11:50
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100km races-
Where's Waldo 100k, 2002, 14:01:19, 2nd place overall female
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100mi races-none yet
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100mi+ races-
I will be running in the Tuscarora Trail 252 on March 17-22, 2003. We will cover all 252 trail miles over those six days.

Previous Badwater Racing Experience: none
Previous Badwater Crewing Experience: none
Previous Badwater Clinic Experience: none
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My Badwater Finishing Prediction:

I anticipate and hope to complete Badwater in 'Under 40 hours'...barely! This estimation is based on my time at previous 50 mile races, slowed to 12 hours per 50 miles, and then I allowed an additional 8ish hours for heat related issues. This finishing time also allows me to power-walk a significant number of miles if and when I need to.
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My Weirdest Experience:

Surely my weirdest ultra experience was Smugglers 50m in 2002. I went there just to run, as I had been injured for quite some time, and my longest training run in months had been a mere 12 miles. Happy to simply enjoy the day, I found myself pretty shocked when I passed the 1st place lady 18 miles into the race. Weird. Now what? We came to a cattle gate a short distance later, and though she was a good 100 feet behind me, I waited for her...holding the gate open! (what a dork!) I ended up winning 1st place for women, at the race I thought I would be lucky to complete:)
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My Most Challenging Race Experience:

Perhaps Where's Waldo 100k in 2002. Not because of the length of the race, but rather the incredible challenge of getting the miles to actually PASS beneath my feet. Sure, it had tough climbs and steep, rocky decents; and I knew it was a difficult course overall...but come on! Those of us who completed, all finished HOURS beyond our predictions! Even in hind-sight I don't really understand WHY it was so dang hard, but it was.*&$^*
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Why I Run Ultras:

For me, this 'sport' is not just running. It's not a hobby, or an obligation. Nor is it just about being out on beautiful trails away from it all. It IS all about moving forward solely under the power of my body and mind, being one with what is right here, right now, and around the next bend. When it really boils down to it, I run ultras for only one reason...because I absolutely love to!!
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Why I want a slot on the start line of the 2003 Badwater Ultramarathon:

This is a great question. The Badwater Ultramarathon would take me on a journey through what I consider to be the best of all worlds. The High Sierra is where my heart is; haven lived on the East Side for a number of years, my passion for these mountains and the Owens Valley is tremendous. I grew up in the deserts of Nevada, and consequently aquired my Mother's love for this seemingly barren landscape...that is actually teeming with life! I love to endure extreme heat. (learned from backpacking through the desert during June with minimal water) I guess it is something like being subjected to the ultimate challenge - one presented by Mother Earth. And, well, it is an incredible ultramarathon, with lots of amazing people. What more could I possibly ask for?
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My Other Ultrasport Experience:

Ah yes. long-distance backpacking. That's where it all started, and indeed, it is still my greatest love. I've thru-hiked the PCT (nearly twice), the Colorado Trail, and have otherwise spent most of every summer for the past six years on extended backpacking trips. When I have my way, it will no longer be what I do during summer, it will be a way of life.
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Media that I will represent or write for:

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Media that will cover my experience in this race:

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The Charity that I will represent and raise funds for is:

YES, I intend to help raise money for the Challenged Athletes Foundation.
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Do I speak English?: yes
Does my crew speak English?: yes
Will I hike Mt. Whitney after the race?: yes
Do I know that I need a Permit to hike on Mt. Whitney?: yes
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