05frommName: Anita Marie Fromm
City: Quartz Hill
State: CA
Country: USA
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Nationality: American
Occupation: Teacher
Birthday: 05/23/1971
Age: 32
T-Shirt: Medium
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Number of Years Running: 17
Number of Marathons and 50k's: 20

Distances:

Qualifying Standard(s) I Meet-#1) Three 50 mile running races.
2002 Le Grizz 50, Spotted Bear, MT. 11:13:17
2002 Helen Klein 50, Sacramento, CA. 10:50:00
2002 Umstead 50, Raleigh, NC. 11:59:03

#2) One 100 mile run.
2001 Heartland 100, Cassoday, KS. 29:13:36

#3) Two 50 milers and one Badwater Race
2000 Snow Mountain Challenge, Winter Park,CO.
11:00:00 4th Place Woman
2001 Umstead 50 miler, Raleigh, NC. 12:36:07
2002 Badwater Ultramarathon, Death Valley, CA.
54:51:25
2002 Badwater July Heat Training Clinic, Death
Valley, CA.
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50 mile races-2000 Squaw Peak 50 Mile Trail Run, Orem UT. 15:12:45
2001 Squaw Peak 50 Mile Trail Run, Orem UT. 16:12:59
2001 Umstead 50 Mile, Raleigh, NC. 12:36:07
2002 Umstead 50 Mile, Raleigh, NC. 11:59:03
2000 Snow Mountain Challenge, Winter Park,CO. 11:00:00 4th place woman
2002 Le Grizz 50 Miler, Spotted Bear, MT. 11:13:17
2002 Helen Klein 50, Sacramento, CA. 10:50:00

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100km races-none
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100mi races-2001 Heartland 100, Cassoday, KS. 29:13:36. 26th out of 29 finishers.
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100mi+ races-

Previous Badwater Racing Experience: 2002 Badwater Ultramarathon, Death Valley, CA. 54:51:25. 52nd out of 58 finishers.
Previous Badwater Crewing Experience:
Previous Badwater Clinic Experience: 2002 July Heat Training Clinic. This was the first time I had been back to Death Valley since the womb. After running a total of approx. 35 miles between the two days, I became quite confident I would be a slow as I had predicted in my Badwater application. I also learned that just because a can of Ensure will stay down in someone elses stomach, that doesn't guarantee it will stay down in yours. The blister clinic was invaluable, as my crew and I probably spent 7 or 8 hours fixing blisters during the race itself.
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My Badwater Finishing Prediction:

While I've never been accused of being a fast runner, I am confident of being able to finish between 40 and 50 hours, since I got lots of practice fixing blisters last year, in addition to learning so much from last years race. Living only three hours away from Death Valley this year will also be extremely beneficial with \my training.
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My Weirdest Experience:

Running through the smoke filled 2nd night of the 2002 Badwater Ultramathon while there was a bloody looking reddish-orange moon against the lunar-like desert landscape was surreal. By then my feet were shredded by an endless barrage of evil blisters. It was an interesting combination of beauty and pain.
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My Most Challenging Race Experience:

My most challenging ultrarunning experience had to be the blisters at the 2002 Badwwater Ultramathon. I never blistered before, so it took my by surprise. I did not know that one could get blisters underneath their toenails, or get blisters on top of previous blisters, but that's what happened to me. What was really frustrating was that I was really rested from stopping so much to fix blisters, and had lots of energy to go faster, but the feet wouldn't let me. So I ended up walking over 50 miles on shredded feet.
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WhyI Run Ultras:

Running ultras allows me to test my limits. When you are in such an exhausted state that one frequently reaches in ultramarathon, you really find out what you are all about, and what really matters in your life. My personal expereince is that this type of clarity is rarely attained in ordinary, day to day life situations.
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Why I want a slot on the start line of the 2003 Badwater Ultramarathon:

Gotta get the buckle!
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My Other Ultrasport Experience:
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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:

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

I am running to raise funds for the Women's Shelter in Ridgecrest, CA., which provides shelter, food, and other services for victims of domestic violence. I am running partially in memory of a friend. Their website is www.safenetwork.net.

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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