Name: Luis James Escobar
City: Santa Maria
State: California
Country: USA

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Nationality: American
Occupation: photographer
Birthday: 03/02/63
Age: 40
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Number of Years Running: 13
Number of Marathons and 50k's: 50+

Qualifying Standard(s) I Meet-standard
#1: 04/02 American River 50 Mile - Sacramento, Ca.: 7 hours, 35 minutes - 22 place

04/20 Leona Divide 50 Mile - Lake Hughes, Ca.: 8 hours, 19 minutes - 20 place

03/02 Smuggler's 50 Mile - Campo, Ca.: 8 hours, 52 minutes - 6 place

standard #2: Western States 100 Mile - Tahoe to Auburn, Ca.: 22 hours, 47 minutes - 53 place
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50 mile races-
04/02 American River 50 Mile - Sacramento, Ca.: 7 hours, 35 minutes - 22 place

04/02 Leona Divide 50 Mile - Lake Hughes, Ca.: 8 hour, 19 minutes - 20 place

03/02 Smuggler's 50 Mile - Campo, Ca.: 8 hours, 52 minutes - 6 place

04/01 American River 50 Mile - Sacramento, Ca.: 7 hours 39 minutes - 25 place

04/00 American River 50 Mile - Sacramento, Ca.: 8 hours, 29 minutes - 52 place

04/00 American River 50 Mile - Sacramento, Ca.: 8 hours - 10 minutes - 73 place
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100km races-
05/02 MiWok 100K - Sausletio, Ca.: 10 hours, 4 minutes - 13 place

02/01 Catalina Island 100k - Avalon, Ca.: 11 hours, 38 minutes - 11 place

Catalina Island 100k - Avalon, Ca.: 12 hours, 42 minutes - 20 place
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100mi races-
06/02 Western States 100 Mile - Tahoe to Auburn, Ca.: 22 hours, 47 minutes - 53 place

01/02 HURT Trail 100 Mile - Honolulu, Hi.: 28 hours, 49 minutes - 3 place

09/01 - Rio Del Lago 100 Mile - Folsom, Ca.: 22 hours, 42 minutes - 3 place

06/01Western States 100 Mile - Tahoe to Auburn, Ca.: 22 hours 47 minutes - 55 place

01/01 HURT Trail 100 - Honolulu, Hi.: 28 hours, 4 minutes - 1 place

06/00 Western States 100 - Tahoe to Auburn, Ca.: 23 hours, 49 minutes - 35 place

08/99 Leadville Trail 100 - Leadville Co.: 28 hours, 43 minutes - 129 place

02/99 Rocky Raccoon Trail 100 - Huntsville Tx.: 19 hours, 44 minutes - 10 place
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Previous Badwater Racing Experience:

Previous Badwater Crewing Experience: 2001 I attended the event as a spectator. That is when I realized that Badwater was the next step in my evolution as a distance runner. In 2002 I paced/crewed fifth place finisher Major Mark Johnson. Based on that experience, I know that I have to go back to the dessert and see what is out there for me.

Previous Badwater Clinic Experience:
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My Badwater Finishing Prediction:

Based on my previous finish times and places I believe that I can complete the course in under 40 hours. In addition, my experience as a pacer for a sub 40 hour Badwater finisher taught me several lessons that I will apply to my own run.
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My Weirdest Experience:

Applying for Badwater and filling out this tedious application as got to be one of my weirdest ultra experiences so far. What the hell? Why all of the questions? For Pete's Sake, I am a runner not a typist.
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My Most Challenging Race Experience:

With out doubt, my most challenging ultrarunning experience was the 2001 HURT Trail 100 Miler on Oahu. That race course is very difficult. The trail is extremely technical and the weather conditions are always a factor. Most of my day and night was spent doing battle with ultra ledgen Alfred Bogenhuber. The Wolf! That guy was like a freakin' bulldog. He had me by the pants for nearly 30 hours and he never gave up. That race, that trail, that man! What a day.
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Why I Run Ultras:

Most people never get the chance to do something really big. Most of us live a prepackaged, freeze dried, artificially sweetened, predictable life. Get up, go to work, drive home, go to bed, get up, go to work, drive home, go to bed, get up, go to work, drive home........... Ultra running is not predictable. Ultra running real. Ultra running has taken me across the country, to the highest peaks, to the lowest valleys, through steamy swamps and dark tropical jungles. I have seen alot but there is much more yet to see. Distance running is part of my life, I do it because I like it!
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Why I want a slot on the start line of the 2003 Badwater Ultramarathon:

Like any craftsman, a runner is never fully satisfied. One lesson must lead to the next. Badwater is the next logical step in my progression as a long distance runner.
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My Other Ultrasport Experience:

The Grand Canyon is one of my favorite places to run and hike. I have made several unassisted rim to rim to rim crossings.
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Media that I will represent or write for:
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Media that will cover my experience in this race:

Sports reporter, Dave Alley of KCOY CBS 12 / KKFX FOX 11 has shown great interest in my running and racing. They will be doing a story on me prior to and possible during the event. Dave Alley 805-925-1200
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The Charity that I will represent and raise funds for is:

At this time, I have no charity.
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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