Name: Adam Bookspan
City: North Miami Beach
State: Florida
Country: USA
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Nationality: USA
Occupation: Musician
Birthday: 01/12/66
Age: 37
T-Shirt: Large
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Number of Years Running: 17
Number of Marathons and 50k's: 80

Qualifying Standard(s) I Meet-
1998 Badwater Finisher
1999 Badwater Finisher
2000 Badwater Finisher
- Fastest Walker Time Recorded
2000 Badwater Reverse Double
- Course Record
2000 Marathon Des Sables Finisher
- Fastest Walker Time Recorded -
2002 Death Valley South to North Complete Crossing
- First Ever -
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50 mile races-
2000 Marathon Des Sables Finisher
- Fastest Walker Time Recorded -
2002 Umstead
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100km races-1999 RRCA Championship Race - First Race-Walker,First in age-group
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100mi races-
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100mi+ races-
All Races completed as a Race-Walker
1998 Badwater Finisher - 55hrs
1999 Mile-High 24 Hour - 103 Miles
1999 Badwater Finisher - 44 hrs
- Fastest Walker Time Recorded
2000 Badwater Finisher - 54 hrs
2000 Badwater Reverse Double - 6 days
- Course Record
2000 Marathon Des Sables Finisher
- Fastest Walker Time Recorded -
2000 Sri-Chinmoy 6-day Race - 360 miles
2002 Death Valley South to North Complete Crossing
- First Ever -

Previous Badwater Racing Experience:
All Races completed as a Race-Walker

1998 Badwater Finisher - 55hrs
1999 Badwater Finisher - 44 hrs
- Fastest Walker Time Recorded
2000 Badwater Finisher - 54 hrs
2000 Badwater Reverse Double - 6 days
- Course Record

Previous Badwater Crewing Experience: 2002 Death Valley South to North Complete Crossing, + approximately 1000 training miles completed on the course over the past five years.

Previous Badwater Clinic Experience: I have trained on the course with Ben and Denise, but not at the official clinics.
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My Badwater Finishing Prediction:

Under 40 hours (as a Race-Walker)

My best to date was the 44 hr effort in 1999. Since that time, my training and experience racing in the desert give me a shot at the goal.
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My Weirdest Experience:

I would still have to say "the Alligator story" is my strangest. A few years back, I was training (for Badwater) out in the middle of the Everglades. There is a 15 mile paved loop in a place called Shark Valley. It is flat, completely exposed, Summer temps over 100 with the humidity in the high 90's%; very beautiful... and lots of alligators. I was on my third loop, completely zoned-out and trotting away. I could see an alligator's tail sticking out accross the path. This is not unusual and I figured that I would have plenty of spave to go around it. In my dazed state of mind, I literally forgot to go around it and tripped over his tail! I fell to the ground just off the path in a kind of marshy substance, turned to look at the gator and freaked out. I got up and ran as fast as I could. I tried to run while looking back over my shoulder at the gator the I had just annoyed. It is very hard to run straight while looking backwards! I immediately ran off the path and fell into the marsh. This time the gator trotted up to me (he was about 4 feet or so) while I was sprawled out in the muck. I figured that he wasn't big enough to kill me, but I was not looking forward to being bitten. I don't know if alligators can laugh or not, but this one seemed to have a sense of humor. He just looked straight at me, shook his head and walked off.

The Everglades remain one of my prime training areas for heat when I can't get to the desert.
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My Most Challenging Race Experience:

Always the next one . . .

As far as already completed goes, it would have been a solo cross-Florida run. 172 miles, all flat, all pavement, all alone and packing my provisions. It was one long rough head-trip.
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Why I Run Ultras:

The personal challenge and the solitude. It enables me to function better in the other areas (the less important ones: work, family, etc...) of my life.
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Why I want a slot on the start line of the 2003 Badwater Ultramarathon:

I have been a member of the "Badwater Family" for a number of years. I love the desert, the people, the commeraderie and the race itself. I have truly missed competing in the 135 for the last two years.
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My Other Ultrasport Experience:

Adventure Racing: Sprint through mid-distance lengths

Triathlon: Sprint through Ironman distances

Cycling: I enjoy the century and double century distances - favorite 100 is Florida's "Horrible Hundred"
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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:

No
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The Charity that I will represent and raise funds for is:

Breast Cancer Research: I have raised close to 250,000 dollars over the last six years and will continue to do my best until the cure is found.
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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