Name: Ken Eielson
City: Glenwood Springs
State: Colorado
Country: USA
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Nationality: Norwegian/American
Occupation: Addictions Counselor
Birthday: August 23rd 1948
Age: 54
T-Shirt: Medium
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Number of Years Running: 12
Number of Marathons and 50k's: 19

Qualifying Standard(s) I Meet-I meet standards #1, #2 and #5.
#1. Lake City 50 Lake City, CO
1999- 14:20
2000- 14:03
2001- 13:45
#2. Leadville Trail 100- 2000-28:25
Leadville Trail 100- 2001- 28:53
Heartland 100-2002-28:53
#5. I was a crew member and pacer for Rick Nawrocki
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50 mile races-
1. Collegiate Peaks 50-- 1994--11:28 (My first 50) Buena Vista, CO
2.Lake City, CO
Lake City 50--1999--14:20
Lake City 50--2000--14:03
Lake City 50--2001--13:45
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100km races- I have not done any 100k races
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100mi races-
1. Leadville Trail 100--2000-28:25--102nd place
2. Leadville Trail 100--2001-28:53--110th place
3. Heartland 100, Cassoday, KAN Ocotber 2002: 28:53 I believe I was 3rd from the last finisher.
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100mi+ races-
1. Mile Hi 24 hour Denver CO 1998 103 miles
2. Across the Years 48 Hour Track Run-2001-02: 127 miles--Phoenix AZ
3. Across the Years 48 Hour Track Run-2002-03: 133.7--Phoenix, AZ (Just completed 1 week ago)

Previous Badwater Racing Experience: I have no experience, yet!

Previous Badwater Crewing Experience: I crewed and paced for Rick Nawrocki at the 2002 Badwater Race. I was asked if I would be interested in crewing by Theresa Daus-Weber. I jumped at the chance. I had read about Badwater for years, knew that both Scott and Marshall had completed numerous crossings and considered this opportunity should not be passed up. It was especially important learning about Rick, his cancer challenges as well as his recovery from numerous addictions.Rick truly was a person who "walked the talk" and as I got to know him truly respected him more and more. As it turned out Theresa as crew chief had me set up for the daytime crewing and pacing. This gave me an opportunity to spend about 3 hours the first day pacing about 10 miles or so. We kept up a good pace and I was amazed at how hot the ground actually was. I spent about 12 hours out the first day and the 2nd day paced from before Father Crowley Pt on down the road past the Darwin aid station. This was about 25 miles and this was perhaps the stretch where I saw how deep Rick had to dig as his feet were messing with his head. I then paced from outside of Lone Pine up to within a couple of miles from the finish where Rick and Shannon were able to spend some time together. What I learned from this experience was

  1. never take your physical abilities for granted in the heat in other words Pace yourself or else blow up
  2. having a vision of what the possibilities are rather than what they are not
  3. committment is the key to any of lifes challenges, Rick demonstrated this to me, his humor, motivation and self esteem with all the challenges make him a role model for me. We had great fun out there, laughed a lot and discussed possibilities. My time in BW also motivated me to challenge myself in my chosen field and share the many messages of BW with recovering folks.

Previous Badwater Clinic Experience: I have not attended, as yet. I do plan on attending the Memorial Day clinic if accepted.
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My Badwater Finishing Prediction:

I plan on using the 50-60 hour finishing time. In the ultras I have completed, my goal is first and foremost to finish. So, resonably speaking I will shoot for 59:30 knowing that I plan to walk 90% of this race as my walking skills improve with each race. In my recent Across the Years Track run I walked at least 47 hours of it. I will always save myself to finish as strong as possible.
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My Weirdest Experience:

Probably the Heartland 100 last October. I had the best hallucination yet. About 10-12 miles from the finish I looked over at a barbed wire fence and saw this great Christmas wreath that spelled out Merry Christmas. I thought wow, these guys are really cool getting a jump on the holidays, urging us on and then I looked again and it was gone! Boy, I thought you are trippin dude! I had a good laugh. Normally I don't have any sort of visions like this. I am usually so into reciting a mantra my brain doesn't have time to do this. Maybe Badwater will bring some good ones!
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My Most Challenging Race Experience:

Probably my first 24 hour event at one of Scott Webers Mile Hi 24 hour events. I believe I did 84 miles and my feet paid dearly for it. I spent an enormous amount of time fixing my feet and by the awards ceremony my feet were covered in duct tape. Needless to say, I will not use that again as my feet peeled quite nicely and took months to heal.
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Why I Run Ultras:

My reasons are many, the physical challenge, the psychological mountains and valleys that are breakthroughs to personal growth, the ability to make such wonderful and enduring friendships and the love of being in such beautiful natural settings that not many people in this world would choose to hang out in.(at least for extended periods)
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Why I want a slot on the start line of the 2003 Badwater Ultramarathon:

I want to compete in the 2003 Badwater Ultramarathon because I believe I can finish it. Secondly, I have plans to increase awareness in my hometown about tobacco prevention, youth access to tobacco, tobacco cessation programs and alternatives to using tobacco or other substances. I have been working more with an alternative high school and am thinking of choosing a student to crew. I will also be trying to put together some sort of financial mile by mile pledge to help with expenses and to use for furthering my tobacco education programs. (since our Governor thinks tobacco settlement money is better used to balance budgets than save lives!)
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My Other Ultrasport Experience:

I haven't made it to this stage yet.
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Media that I will represent or write for:

I will try to write something for my hometown paper. The Glenwood Springs Independent.
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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

It will be used to raise awareness about tobacco issues in my community. Nobody speaks of the terror of tobacco.
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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
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Here is my athletic resume: I don't have a formal resume but thought I could add some of the events I do do. Participate in snowshoeing regularly. Have completed 5 20 mile snowshoe events in Leadville, CO. Best time 4:54
7 Uphill snowshoe events
5 10k's
3 8k's
5 5k's
1 4 mile