35cantu Name: Ruben Cantu
City: Santee
State: CA
Country: USA

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Nationality: USA
Occupation: Aerospace Contracts manager
Birthday: March 27, 1943
Age: 60
T-Shirt: XL
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Number of Years Running: 30+
Number of Marathons and 50k's: 28

Distances:

Qualifying Standard(s) I Meet-#6. Badwater Ultramarathon Official Finisher
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50 mile races-Pacific Crest Trail 1983, '84, '85, '86, '87
Lost Boys 1983, '84, '86
Leona Divide 1984, '85, '87
Crown King 1999
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100km races-None. This is not one of my favorite running distances plus there are no 100K races in Southern, CA.
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100mi races-Western States 1995 in a time of 29:33,
Western States 1998 DNFd.
Angeles Crest 1996 in a tine of 29:56
Angeles Crest 1997 in a tine of 30:46
Leadville 1999 in a time of 29:16
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100mi+ races-Badwater 2000 in a time of 42:53
Badwater 2001 in a time of 42:22
Badwater 2002 in a time of 45:56
San Diego One Day 2000 (24 hour track) 105.6miles
San Diego One Day 2001 (24 hour track) 108.6 miles

Previous Badwater Racing Experience: Badwater 2000 in a time of 42:53. #13M
Badwater 2001 in a time of 42:22, #18M
Badwater 2002 in a tie of 45:56, #21M
Previous Badwater Crewing Experience: None
Previous Badwater Clinic Experience: None

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My Badwater Finishing Prediction:

Between 40 and 45. I also plan to summit Mt. Whitney and return to Badwater for a double Badwater. I hope to be the first 60 year old to complete a double.

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My Weirdest Experience:

In the 2000 Badwater race I had hallucinations in the Panamint Valley at around 2:00 AM. I saw Quanset Huts and tanks and other visions. In the Alabama Hills area I saw many different kinds of small animals like baby elephanst and hippos.

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My Most Challenging Race Experience:

The 2000 Badwater as I had not trained on the course. Then with a shower and one hour of sleep I summited Mt. Whitney. More hallucinations for my crew while on the mountain.

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Why I Run Ultras:

My running started out as running for the health it provides. With a history of cardio-vascular problems it was a natural thing to do. I threw in structured events for the enjoyment amd motivation aspects of running. I grew in marathons and ran marathons only for may years then for my 50th birthday I ran my first 50 miler, the 1983 PCT. I fell in love with the trails and the proverbial camaraderie among ultra runners and the challenge of new and different trails.

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Why I want a slot on the start line of the 2003 Badwater Ultramarathon:

I want to run the 2003 Badwater because I have a streak of three so far with three belt buckles in my trophy case. I am allowed to train for and compete in one ultra event each year so I have made Badwater my one and only. I hope to continue running the Badwater into my sixties and beyond as long as God allows me the ability to run such distances and compete in such events. I also hope to run a double Badwater this year.

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My Other Ultrasport Experience:

I am not fortunate enough to be able to compete in other endurance sports. My time is pretty well taken up with the training it takes me to prepare for Badwater.

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Media that I will represent or write for:

No, the media can take care of themselves.

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Media that will cover my experience in this race:

Nope, no media interest in me.

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

I will raise funds for the Challenged Athletes Fondation.
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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