Name: Patricia Cook
City: Warrensburg
State: MO
Country: USA

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Nationality: USA
Occupation: Judge's Clerk
Birthday: 12/05/51
Age: 51
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Number of Years Running: 25
Number of Marathons and 50k's: 30 marathons, 3 50K, 4 runs of 42 miles (Brew to Brew starting in Kansas City, MO)

Distances:

Qualifying Standard(s) I Meet-
Qualifying Standard #2, 100 mile continuous running event: I ran the Arkansas Traveler, October 6, 2002 in 25 hours, 16 minutes.
This was not my fastest time at the Arkansas Traveler, but my most recent. Also, had a very enjoyable
time. I was 45/81 overall, with 118 starters. My age graded place was 18th.
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50 mile races-I have run 3 50 mile runs, all the same wonderful race: Minnesota Voyageur 50 Miler, starting in Carlton, Minnesota, to Duluth and return. This is a fantastic run. I could not believe the Powerline part of the run. I had heard, but not believed. This last year, it was hot as usual, until a massive wonderful thunderstorm hit right before I entered the Powerline section on the way back. It was ridiculous fun, and I am sure we looked like Lucille Ball, trying to get footing on the way up and down the almost vertical clay hills! I was about 6 inches taller with all the mud on the bottom of my shoes. The rain cooled me off, and kept the mosquitos off. I had a blast.
7/00 11:30
7/28/01 10:58
7/28/02 12:09 74/121 finishers
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100km races-I have never run a 100K run. I do look forward to that, though. Would like to run the Edmund Fitzgerald. I used to live in Minnesota, and have heard some wonderful things about the run.
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100mi races-10/3/99 Arkansas Traveler, Conway AR, starting in Ouichita Forest, 28:30 60/84 overall, 123 starters
10/14/00 Kansas Heartland 100, Cassoday, KS: 24:57 11/23, 27 starters
10/7/01 Arkansas Traveler, Conway AR 24:14 39/88
10/6/02 Arkansas Traveler, Conway AR 25:16 45/81: 118 starters, age graded place of 18th
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100mi+ races-I have not done any races longer than 100 miles. But I would love to.

Previous Badwater Racing Experience: No previous experience.
Previous Badwater Crewing Experience: No previous experience.
Previous Badwater Clinic Experience: No previous experience.
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My Badwater Finishing Prediction:

I think my finishing time would be between 50 and 60 hours, considering my times at other runs. My times at the last 3 100 mile runs have been in the 24 to 25 hour range, I am not the fastest runner, but I have about the best time I can while I am out there. I know I get tired and slow down during the last legs of the run, but also know not to panic when I get sleepy and tired during the not-so-fun periods during the run. I know that during my second Traveler run, I did one section kind of while I was sleeping, and learned a lot from that. I was able to help a guy through that same section of the run this last year, and we both fared a lot better. I don't blaze through a run, but concentrate on being inexorible. Just keep going. So, I know I can't do the fast times, but am sure I can keep going.

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My Weirdest Experience:

I think the weirdest experience was during the 2000 Heartland 100 miler in the Kansas Flint Hills. I was alone for a great deal of it, the first annual Heartland, and they scheduled it during the full moon. Awesome. I was on one endless stretch of big rolling hills (Kansas is not flat, Dorothy), and a skunk was running with me. Just for a while. Then there were the long horn cattle, just grazing free range; no fences between us. The cattle probably scared me more. They are big, man! Anyway, I later learned that skunks like to run with you. Just let them. They go away after a while.
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My Most Challenging Race Experience:

I think the most challenging ultra was the first 100 miler. I had previously only run as far as 42 miles, during the Brew-to Brew here in Missouri. I was pretty scared about what to expect during a 100. I knew nobody who had done one (to talk to), and drove down by myself. I slept in my truck; that felt safe in the woods with other runners. I was scared I would look like a rookie (cause I was), scared I would fail, scared I would get lost, scared I would get eaten by a bear or hit by drunk hunter (arrow season opener). The run was so much better concerning all those fears than I could have hoped. I did hurt my ankle/foot thingie about 17 miles in, but not anything major. The most challenging part was keeping going when I had never done anything near that far, when I didn't know how I was supposed to feel. I sure felt like crap when I was done, but I still feel good from that run.
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Why I Run Ultras:

I love the excitment I feel when I hear about a run. It obsesses me nicely, and keeps me motivated about the rest of my running. I love the adventures I have in my head thinking about it. I love the people I meet during the events; not like any other people in the world. They want everybody to succeed, to have fun, and are so accepting of the whole group. The best of the field are there to cheer on the slowest of the group. I love how worn out I am at the end. I love the training. I love pushing myself (at a very slow pace, but pushing none the less). I love starting an event, feeling the energy from the field. I love being outside at night, and all day. I remember the day I read about Pikes Peak Marathon. It was in my blood from then on, until I got to run it. I still love that run, snd go every year. This run was a prelude to my running ultras. I learned I love the continuous motion of the event. I love having an adventure in my head for a year or more before I get to do it. I am hooked.
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Why I want a slot on the start line of the 2003 Badwater Ultramarathon:

I have wanted to do the Badwater Ultramarathon for a few years, since I learned about it. I had planned to apply last year, but my mother's health was more questionable then. I was able to do the Death Valley Marathon 1/27/01, and loved the Valley. It is desolate, but beautiful for it. That year we were supposed to run the pass as usual, but a snow on the pass precluded that. We ran along the basin road,along the salt flats; all below sea level. I am drawn in by the impossibility of the whole run, and the endlessness of it. I want to be able to run at night in the desert. Hopefully, not too many nights. I want to take part in the Badwater Ultramarathon to be part of something so huge and overwhelming. Please. Thank you.
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My Other Ultrasport Experience:

I cycled a lot in 1997 as I had injured a hamstring. I met a woman who is still my best friend then. We did a lot of biking that year, but the only ultra cycling I did that year was the Tour De Bleu 100K in Blue Springs, MO. I had also done the MS150 several years previous in Minnesota. I have done all this biking on just a touring bike. It gives me a slower time, but I figure I get great training!
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Media that I will represent or write for:

I live in a small Missouri town. There really isn't any media here. The only possiblity would be an article for the local newspaper. Also, I would write an article for the Kansas City Express woman's running club in Kansas City. They are cool women.
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Media that will cover my experience in this race:

No media will cover this event. My husband will probably take a picture of me. And me of him.
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The Charity that I will represent and raise funds for is:

I plan on raising funds 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?: no
Do I know that I need a Permit to hike on Mt. Whitney?: yes