Name: Jay Birmingham
City: Blair
State: NE
Country: USA
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Nationality: USA
Occupation: college professor/coach
Birthday: July 27, 1945
Age: 57
T-Shirt: L
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Number of Years Running: 46
Number of Marathons and 50k's: 18

Qualifying Standard(s) I Meet-
Qualifying Standard #6: In 1981, became the second solo runner to cover the 146 miles from Badwater to Mt. Whitney summit.
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50 mile races-
JFKennedy 50, 1973, Hagerstown, MD: 8:01:00 19th place

(4-time finisher, Space Coast 50 km (beach) Melbourne, Florida
1978 7th, 4:02:32
1979 4th, 3:46:40
1980 3rd, 4:04:54
1981 2nd place 3:45:29

(4-time finisher, St. Augustine to Jacksonville 40 mile), Jacksonville, FL
1979 3rd, 5:20:12
1980 4th, 5:26:22
1982 3rd, 5:03:51
1989 2nd 5:50:34

Cross-Tennessee Idiots Run, 76-mile, 1981: First place 12:22:13
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100km races-RRCA National Championships, 1979, Miami, FL: 8:55:17 8th place
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100mi races-
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Previous Badwater Racing Experience: 1981 Solo run Badwater to Mt. Whitney summit: 75:34. Broke the existing record

Previous Badwater Crewing Experience:

Previous Badwater Clinic Experience:
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My Badwater Finishing Prediction:

Between 40 and 50 hours. Was very conservative in 1981 due to publicity given failed attempts by others. Rested every night to challenge Death Valley at its hottest; never ran through cooler part of day (night). Current training and racing is similar now to 20 years ago. Have developed patience to a degree not demonstrated when I was younger.
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My Weirdest Experience:

Los Angeles to New York City solo crossing in 1980 in 72 days. Averaged 41+ miles per day without support. Each day was an adventure, securing food, lodging, water and dealing with the vagaries of weather, strangers, and topography. Inspired me to run Death Valley the next year.
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My Most Challenging Race Experience:

East Coast Run, Ft. Kent, Maine to Key West, Florida, summer, 1982. Averaged 47.7 miles per day without support. Much heavier traffic and surprising logistical problems compared to the Trans-USA. Physically and mentally draining.
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Why I Run Ultras:

Never-ending challenges to body and mind. Enjoy Nature's variety and life's ability to adapt to every environment. Makes me feel primitive sometimes--I like that.
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Why I want a slot on the start line of the 2003 Badwater Ultramarathon:

It would be a "homecoming", my first visit to the area in 22 years. I would like to see and participate in a race across this magnificent terrain. And, of course, to better the PR of a lad of just 35!
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My Other Ultrasport Experience:
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Media that I will represent or write for:

Yes. Omaha World-Herald, Jacksonville Times-Union.
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Media that will cover my experience in this race:

No.
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The Charity that I will represent and raise funds for is:
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Do I speak English?: yes
Does my crew speak English?: yes
Will I hike Mt. Whitney after the race?: no
Do I know that I need a Permit to hike on Mt. Whitney?: