Name: Jim Bodoh
City: Tampa
State: FL
Country: USA
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Nationality: USA
Occupation: Computer Programmer for IBM Corp
Birthday: 14 Aug 1952
Age: 50
T-Shirt: Large
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Number of Years Running: 27
Number of Marathons and 50k's: 42

Distances:

Qualifying Standard(s) I Meet-Qualifying Standard #2: Western States 100mi Endurance Run, June 23/24 2001, finish time 29:49:03, 256th place.
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50 mile races-Croom Trail Fools Run: 1996 (sorry, I don't have finish time), 1999, 2000 (finish time 14:01), 2001 (finish time 11:23)

UnaFullLuna Trail Run: 2000 (finish time 11:23)

Both of these are fairly small (~50 runners) races and I don't have finish place numbers.
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100km races-Withlacoochee Rails To Trails: 2001 (finish time 13:33, don't have finish place)
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100mi races-Western States 100mi Endurance run: 2001 (finish time 29:49, finish place #25)
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100mi+ races-None

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

Between 50-60 hours. Evidence: I've never had a problem with running to fast.
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My Weirdest Experience:

At my first Ironman in Penticton BC Canada in 1990. I've done the 2.4mi swim, the 112mi bike, & I'm about 6mi into the 26.2mi run...

The run course basically goes from downtown Penticton, to a turn around 13.1mi outside of town and back. I'm outside of town by this point and the roads are not closed for the race, but there is very little traffic. This small car with two young women in it goes by me pretty slowly (though faster than I am running) and when they get beside me the one on the passenger side hangs out the window and hollers "I can tell you are good in bed from the way you run!".

I'm flustered for a couple seconds, but I manage wave my arms in the air and holler back "I've got incredible endurance!". Certainly a true statement because I've already covered 120mi of the race course.

The car screeches to a stop, the passenger door fly's open, and girl jumps out and starts running back towards me.

I'm dumb struck... The Triathlon is supposed to have 3 events, can I handle a fourth? Sure I can, but now or after I complete the run?

I stop running and start laughing. She does the same, then turns around, returns to the car & drives off.

Never saw her again, but those few seconds of encouragement got me to the run turn around and on well my way back into town.
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My Most Challenging Race Experience:

I've never done a race where I was so debilitated that I really wanted to quit. That's probably due to (1) the methodicalness of my training/preparation and (2) the ability I have developed to evaluate my condition during a race and take steps to correct minor problems before they become major.

My most challenging ultra-running experience would have been during one of my last training runs for 2001 Western States. We had started a 45mi trail run early on a Saturday evening and did not finished till about 2am. We went to a local hotel, ate, slept till 6am and went back to the trail with the intent to run another 45 miles. Shortly after we started running, a cold rain started and continued for about 2 hours. Not dressed for rain, I was chilled and shivering. When the rain finally stopped and the sun came out, the temperature almost immediately hit 90 degrees and 100% humidity. The weather, the lack of sleep, the months of long training and the fatigue got to me and I called it quits after 30 miles.
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WhyI Run Ultras:

1) I enjoy pushing myself to the limits of my endurance.

2) I enjoy training for ultra events and the physical and mental conditioning I've been able to maintain through the training.

3) I have a personal rule about not doing any events that take longer to get to, than than they take to finish.
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Why I want a slot on the start line of the 2003 Badwater Ultramarathon:

As you say, Badwater "is the most demanding and extreme running race offered anywhere on the planet". I think I am capable of meeting it's challenge and I want to prove it to myself.

I think my tenacity and the heat training I can get by living in Florida will get me through. I also plan on attending the July Badwater training clinic.
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My Other Ultrasport Experience:

Ironman Triathlons: Canada in 1990 (12:35), 1992 (10:58, my best time), 1995 (12:11), Hawaii in 1991 (11:49, 805th place), 1993 (11:55. 948th place) Although many people fear the lava fields on the Ironman Hawaii course, I like hot weather and enjoyed the experience.

In 2001 I also attended the week long SEAL Training Academy put on by Odyssey Adventure Racing. The first four days of the SEAL TA are similar to BUD/S “Hell Week” physically training and included pool drills, ocean swimming, soft-sand runs, log PT, small boat drills, obstacle courses, and navigation training/drills, all with very little sleep. The final three days were physically less challenging, but included SCUBA and parachute training. Although I was twenty years older than most of the other trainees, I completed the week.

So far, I’ve only done one adventure race, the Pathfinder Challenge (held in the Kettle Moraine area of southern Wisconsin) in 1998, which took us about 14 hours. I am currently training for the Florida Coast to Coast race (about 200 miles) to be held this coming Memorial Day weekend.
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Media that I will represent or write for:

No.
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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:

As of this time, no.
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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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Here is my athletic resume: I was diagnosed with asthma during grade school and didn't do anything athletic. I didn't even take (what was know at the time as) PhyEd in high school or college. After college, sitting at a desk all day, I started to gain a little weight, so I joined some friends for short social runs. I worked up to 5 and 10k's and after many years did my first marathon in 1989. Somewhere along the line I must have outgrown the asthma, or maybe my pace keeps it under control. I followed that with a series of five Ironman Triathlons and some Ultra Runs, the longest being Western States in 2001.

I've never been fast, but I seem to have the endurance and sense of pace that allows me to get through long events with a minimum of discomfort.

I currently participate in a variety of athletic events. In addition to running, I bicycle (road & mountain), roller-blade, climb, skydive, backpack (I annually serve as trail guide for an organization named Big City Mountaineers which takes groups of deserving under-privileged teenager backpacking in Colorado), and compete in both high-power rifle and combat pistol shooting.