Name: Greg Eason
City: Little Rock
State: Arkansas
Country: USA
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Nationality: USA
Occupation: Physical Therapist
Birthday: June 26, 1970
Age: 33
T-Shirt: Large
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Number of Years Running: 20
Number of Marathons and 50k's: 3

Qualifying Standard(s) I Meet-
#2 Arkansas Traveller 100 / 2002 / 18:46:46 / 5th
#2 Arkansas Traveller 100 / 2001 / 29:07:03 / 75th
#2 Leadville Trail 100 / 2001 / 28:26:13 / 92nd
#3 Raid Gauloises (Trans-Himalayan) / 2000 / 8d:6h:35m / 28th
#3 Raid Gauloises (Vietnam) / 2002 / 9d:13h:32m / 20th
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50 mile races-Ouachita Trail 50 / 2001 / 8:14:01 / 2nd place
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100km races-
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100mi races-Arkansas Traveller 100 / 2002 / 18:46:46 / 5th
Arkansas Traveller 100 / 2001 / 29:07:03 / 75th
Leadville Trail 100 / 2001 / 28:26:13 / 92nd
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100mi+ races-
Raid Gauloises (Trans-Himalayan) / 2000 / 8d:6h:35m / 28th
Raid Gauloises (Vietnam) / 2002 / 9d:13h:32m / 20th

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 and 60 hours. When faced with a new challenge or race I tend to lay out a plan of attact that will give me the best chance of finishing the event not one that might allow me to run a "fast" time (2001 Leadville Trail 100 28:26:13 and 2001 Arkansas Traveller 29:07:03). For me, the total experience of a race is what I am after, and this means starting and finishing. It is because of my conservative approach to running that I think that I will finish in 50 to 60 hours.
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My Weirdest Experience:

My strangest ultra experience came during the 2001 United States Adventure Racing Association National Championships in Leesville, Louisana. The team that I was racing with, Team Traveler, was on the last trekking leg of the race when we became slightly "disoriented." Not lost mind you but disoriented. We found ourselves crossing one particular beaver pond over and over on a downed tree. On about the fourth crossing I slipped off of the tree and fell into the pond. On my way down I hit my arm on the tree and felt a shock run from my wrist up to my shoulder. The only mark was one small puncture wound which I thought came from a broken branch on the tree. I thought at the time that it felt strange, but I didn't have much time to think about it because we were still "disoriented" and had to find the next check point. Well, we finished the race a few hours later, and I noticed that my hand had started to swell. I didn't think anything of it and we went back to the motel and went to sleep. When I got up at noon the swelling had progressed to my elbow and I felt slightly sick to my stomach, but sleep called me back to bed. When I awoke that afternoon the swelling was up to my bicep and I definitely felt nauseated. I held out as long as I could but finally had one of my teammates take me to the local ER. We arrived with me holding my head out of the passenger window vigorously throwing up. After a brief exam they admitted me because they didn't know what was wrong with my arm. The young doctor treating me did her best, but she could not determine a cause for the swelling. After two days in the hospital she asked a crusty old Louisana doctor to look at me. He walked into the room and after about five seconds announced that I had a snake bite. Once they determined that, I was discharged and allowed to go home. Apparently, when I fell off of the log I fell right onto a snake who was in the middle of a yawn and I impaled myself on one of his fangs.
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My Most Challenging Race Experience:

The 1999 Arkansas Traveller 100 was my most challenging ultra. 1999 was the first year that I attempted a 100 mile race and I thought that I had a great chance to finish the race. I had a good strategy laid out and was in good shape. Everything was going well until mile 30. That is when I first noticed a small amount of rubbing in my crotch area. To remedy this I simply applied a generous amount of lube at the next aid station and kept going. At mile 50 the rubbing was much worse, and once again I just applied more lube in hopes of solving the problem. Somewhere between miles 50 and 70 the rubbing became so bad that I couldn't take a single step withut my swollen inner thighs rubbing together. At this point, the lube that I had been applying so generously seemed more like super glue/sandpaper than lube. I now know that an excessive amount of lube combined with dirt and sweat will, in fact, form this super glue/sandpaper concoction. I had to slow to a complete walk and walk bowlegged so that my legs would not rub. At mile 70 even walking bowlegged wouldn't stop the rubbing and my legs/crotch were a bleeding oozing mess. I was down mentally as well. However, I was due to pick up my sister-in-law at mile 70 as a pacer and I was hopeful that this would help my mental state. I ate, drank and put on dry clothes before heading out on the next leg at a very slow walk with the rubbing getting worse with every step. Less than 10 min. after starting this leg I decided that there was no way that I could finish with my legs rubbing the way they were, but I wasn't quite ready to have my wrist band cut off yet. In a last ditch effort to help the rubbing, I had my sister-in-law walk in front of me and I took off my running shorts and started down the trail shortless in an effort to alleviate the considerable amount of pain that I was in. I tried this for about 5 min. and realized that nothing I could do at this point was going to help so I reluctantly returned to the previous aid station (with my shorts on) and withdrew from the race. The race was challenging both because of the physical discomfort and the mental let down
that came from not finishing the race. However, some good did come of it. I have learned to take better care of my body and haven't had to walk down the trail shortless with my sister-in-law again.
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Why I Run Ultras:

There is something about running, paddling, and/or biking for more that 24 hours at a time that test you mentally and physically like nothing else can. While ultra events won't allow you to define these mental and physical limits, it makes you more aware of what you are capable of. Which is almost always more that you originally thought.
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Why I want a slot on the start line of the 2003 Badwater Ultramarathon:

Because of the distance, change of elevation and temperature extremes Badwater represents the most challenging ultrarunning experience. A race which requires a competitor to be in total control of his/her body and mind. The opportunity to face a challenge like that is why I want the opportunity to run Badwater.
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My Other Ultrasport Experience:

My primary ultrasport is adventure racing. I race with Team Traveler which was the 2000 and 2001 USARA National Adventure Racing Champions. I have also had the opportunity to compete in two Raid Gauloises (Nepal/Tibet and Vietnam). A complete listing of all events is in the included bio section.
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Media that I will represent or write for:

Possibly, but cannot be confirmed at this time.
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Media that will cover my experience in this race:

Possibly, but cannot be confirmed at this time.
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The Charity that I will represent and raise funds for is:

Arkansas Chapter of the Arthritis Foundation: www.arthritis.org I will run for the Arthritis Foundation to help bring awareness to the thousands of Arkansans who suffer from one of the many forms of arthritis.
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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: Greg Eason

Outdoor Experience

Adventure Racing

2001

  • 1st place team / National Champions, United States Adventure Racing Association (USARA)'s National Championships, two-day adventure race, Louisiana, November 2001
  • 1st place team, Ozark Challenge, two-day adventure race, Arkansas, 2001
  • 16th place team, NOC Adventure Race, two-day adventure race, North Carolina, 2001

2000

  • 1st place team, Kisatchi National Forest Adventure Challenge, 36 hour adventure race, Louisiana, December 2000
  • 1st place team / National Champions, United States Adventure Racing Association (USARA)'s National Championships, two-day adventure race, California, November 2000
  • 28th place team, Raid Gauloises, eight-day Trans-Himalayan adventure race, Nepal and Autonomous Region of Tibet, 2000
  • 1st place team, Ozark Challenge, two-day adventure race, Arkansas, 2000
  • ยท11th place team, NOC Adventure Race, two-day adventure race, North Carolina, 2000

1999

  • 7th place team, Four Winds Adventure Race, two-day adventure race, Arizona, 1999
  • 2nd place team, Endorphin Fix, two-day adventure race, West Virginia, 1999
  • 2nd place team, Ozark Challenge, two-day adventure race, Arkansas, 1999


Mountain Biking

  • 5th place KONA - Ozone Bike Dept.12 HOURS OF DIRT, Warda, Texas 2001
  • 2nd place, Arkansas State Cyclocross Championship, Little Rock, Arkansas 2000
  • 1st place, Challenge of Bear Creek, Daisy, Arkansas, 2000
  • 1st place, 12 Hours of Stank, Memphis, Tennessee, 2000


Triathlons/Running

  • 4th place Sylamore 50K, Allison, Arkansas, 2002 (4:33:52)
  • Arkansas Traveller 100, Lake Sylvia, Arkansas, 2001 (29:07:03)
  • Leadville Trail 100, Leadville, Colorado, 2001 (28:26:13)
  • 2nd Place Ouachita Trail 50, Little Rock, Arkansas 2001 (8:14:01)
  • 3rd place Sylamore 50K, Allison, Arkansas, 2001 (4:53:08)
  • Lake Sylvia Midnight 50K, Perry, Arkansas, 1999
  • 3rd place 20 – 29, State Championships, sprint length triathlon, Conway, Arkansas 1998
  • 3rd place 20 - 29, Mighty Might Triathlon, sprint length triathlon, Forrest City, Arkansas 1998
  • Memphis in May, International length triathlon, Memphis, Tennessee, 1998
  • 2nd place 20 – 29, State Championships, sprint length triathlon, Conway, Arkansas, 1997
  • Mighty Might Triathlon, sprint length triathlon, Forest City, Arkansas 1997


Mountaineering

  • Participated in a week long mountaineering school on Mt. Rainier taught by the Rainier Mountaineering Institute. School included instruction in the following disciplines: self arrest, glacier travel, crevasse rescue, ice climbing, orienteering, and route finding, as well as a summit bid. Mt. Rainier, Washington, USA 1995


Kayaking/Canoeing

  • Various rivers in Arkansas, Tennessee, North Carolina, South Carolina, California, West Virginia, Nepal and Tibet.


Orienteering

  • 9th North American Rogaine Championships, Mogollon Rim, Arizona 2001
  • 3rd place expert course, Jenner Johnson Memorial, Orienteering race, Shreveport, Louisiana 2000


Professional

Current Position: Physical Therapist, Beebe Retirement Village, Beebe, Arkansas


Education:

Masters in Physical Therapy, 1999 University of Central Arkansas, Conway, Arkansas

Bachelor of Science in Applied and Health Science, 1998 University of Central Arkansas, Conway, Arkansas

Bachelor of Arts in History, 1992, Hendrix College, Conway, Arkansas