Name: Bob Haugh
City: Paduach
State: KY
Country: USA
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Nationality: USA
Occupation: physician
Birthday: July 2,1951
Age: 52
T-Shirt: XL
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Number of Years Running: 37
Number of Marathons and 50k's: 0

Distances:

Qualifying Standard(s) I Meet-Qualifying standard #3
50 mile races:
1) Owens Putnam State Forest 50 Mile Race Nov 3, 2002
Owens Putnam State Forest, Indiana
2) John F. Kennedy 50 Mile Race Nov 24, 2002
Hagerstown, Maryland
Adventure Race:
1)Ecochallenge Australia 1997
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50 mile races-1) Owens Putnam State Forest 50 Mile Race 2002 Nov. 3: 14th place(of 18 starters)
2) John F. Kennedy 50 mile race 2002 Nov. 24: 493rd (of 862)
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100km races-none
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100mi races-none
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100mi+ races-

Previous Badwater Racing Experience: none

Previous Badwater Crewing Experience: 2001-Crew for Marshall Ulrich for his "Badwater Quad" and 2002-Badwater crew for Marshall Ulrich. What did I learn? I am quite interested in heat and cold adaptation. During the 2001 Badwater quad I kept detailed records of Marshall's fluid and food intake which hopefully I will be able to publish. I will also keep similar records from my experience which will establish a database of sorts for comparison. I am anticipating there will be significant differences between Marshall's intake and output compared to mine. As well as gaining some physiologic data from Marshall I was able to observe a great athlete perform and perservere. Since I fall short on the great endurance athlete end,I hope will be able to emulate Marshall's perserverance.

Previous Badwater Clinic Experience: none

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My Badwater Finishing Prediction:

48 hours: This time will be a reasonable goal for me. After much discussion with Lisa Smith and Marshall Ulrich, we feel this is a reasonable and attainable goal. Marshall and Lisa have raced with me in a number of Ecochallenges and we feel this will be a finishing time around which I will center my training efforts.
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My Weirdest Experience:

When I ran in the OPSF 50 miler which was my first 50 miler I apparently missed the KEY PRERACE INSTRUCTIONS in which the race director explained the running route. While I was sitting in a port-a-john, the race director explained that we would run a 6.5 mile loop through open fields and roads then run three 13 mile loops through the State Forest followed by the 6.5 mile "easy loop". The course was run this way because the forest loop was in a mature forest and very dark even in daylight. He did not want runners in the forest after dark. Well, I was the only runner who did not hear the instructions. I ran the first 6.5 mile loop and was in 4th place. While everyone was stopped at the aid station I snuck ahead to start the 2nd 6.5 mile loop(which I thought we were supposed to do according to the prerace newsletter from the director). I soon realized I was not being followed by other runners. When I got back to checkpoint the race director was a bit put out with me, since I ran the loops wrong. He explained that I could finish the race and not be DQed, BUT it was going to be very difficult running in the forest when the sun went down. That was an understatement. Everything was fine at first, I was maintaining a position of 5th or 6th place according to folks at the check points. I picked up my headlamp and flash light before I started the last 13 mile loop. At 5pm the sun went down and the lights went out. (All the other runners on the correct course would be finishing on a road which could be followed without a headlight.)The trees hadn't yet lost their leaves and the forest canopy was black. My headlamp was a new Petzl Tikka which is good for following obvious trails. Unfortunately for me the trails were covered with falling leaves which obscured the trail contour. Also the running course was only marked with an infrequent nonreflective mimeographed sheet. I went from running at a decent pace to desperate trail finding. The last 5 miles took me 3 hours. Unfortunately there were also crisscrossing horse trails and game trails which constantly led me off course. One horse trail ran me into a spring fed bog where I lost both shoes. After this unpleasant sojourn in the woods, I am not sure whether I was happier to see the finish line or the race director who was welcoming the last finishing "wrong way runner".
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My Most Challenging Race Experience:

In the John F. Kennedy 50 miler, at mile 13 I felt a pop in my left groin area, which turned out to be a torn groin muscle(adductor longus). I wanted to finish the race as a Badwater qualifier, so I hung in there and finished by alternating running and walking and still finished in 10:55. I think I was able to finish as well as most of the top 10 of the 5am starters(5am versus 7am start).
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WhyI Run Ultras:

I certainly enjoy the personal challenge and the spirit of competition. However, for me, I prefer to race in locations which inspire me and really capture my imagination. I will never race 24 hours on a track or run short loops through a city park for 100 miles. That is why I have raced in the Ecochallenge races in the canyonlands of Utah, the mountains of British Columbia,and the rainforests of Australia. Death Valley is another such unique and inspirational place. Also I might add that invariably I link up with Lisa Smith and Marshall Ulrich who combine these events with some worthy charities which adds to the motivation for these events.
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Why I want a slot on the start line of the 2003 Badwater Ultramarathon:

Marshall and Lisa have been telling for several years that I ought to race at Badwater which I have always thought was a BAD idea! However after being there and crewing for Marshall for multiple crossings, the seed was planted in my head that not only could I do it, but I should give it a try.
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My Other Ultrasport Experience:

Ecochallenge Utah 1995-This is the race in which I lost several team members and Lisa Smith and I met Marshall Ulrich in the desert along with Mark Macy where we finished together as a new blended team which eventually became Team Stray Dogs. We were unranked finishers about the 17th team overall.
Ecochallenge 1996-British Columbia- I was captain of Team Stray Dogs We were unofficially in 15th place or thereabouts when Mark Burnett stopped us. The course was too long and time allowed too short. Only 3 teams completed the entire course.
Ecochallenge 1997-Australia-We finished 26th. Team Captain again. The first official team finish for Team Stray Dogs in the Ecochallenge. With Marshall Ulrich as captain, Team Stray Dogs has carried on racing in every Ecochallenge.
Iditasport 1996- DNF It snowed 3 feet for the three days before the event. Very rough rookie experience
Iditasport 1997- Bike finisher 25:03
Iditasport 1999-Bike finisher 24:05 Received recognition for sportsmanship. Helped an Aussie with no lights find his way to check point cabin and helped a bonked Californian find the finish line.
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Media that I will represent or write for:

For our local newspaper, the Paducah Sun
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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:

I am assuming Lisa Smith will be organizing a program for charity, but I will glad to help raise money for the Challenged Athletes Foundation also.
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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