Name: Mary Kashurba
City: Somerset
State: PA
Country: USA
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Nationality: American
Occupation: physician
Birthday: 6/17/56
Age: 47
T-Shirt: medium
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Number of Years Running: 26
Number of Marathons and 50k's: 21

Distances:

Qualifying Standard I Meet-#2 Umstead 100 Mile Endurance Run
April 2002
Raleigh,North Carolina
27 hrs 35 mins
placed 63 out of 199

The Heartland 100 Mile
October 2002
Cassoday, Kansas
27 hrs 56 mins
placed 24 out of 34 finishers
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50 mile races-Finger Lakes Fifty Mile Trail Run
Hector, New York
June 2001
12 hrs 7 mins
Won the overall masters award
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100km races-
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100mi races-Umstead 100 Mile Endurance Run
Raleigh,NC
April,2002
27 hrs 35 mins
placed 63 out of 199 starters
The Heartland 100 Mile
Cassoday,KS Prairie Chicken Capital of the World
October 2002
27 hrs 56 mins
placed 24 out of 34 finishers
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Previous Badwater Racing Experience:
Previous Badwater Crewing Experience: I crewed and paced Anita Fromm in 2002. I estimate that I paced for 50 plus miles. I crewed the rest of the time with one three hour break the first night and a four hour break the last morning. I learned so much- the course, needed supplies, how to pack the van, etc. I also found out that my heat training which consisted of sauna time and riding in a heated car in the summer, served me well. Living in the mountains of western PA that was the only heat I could find. I learned how important your crew is and to be very grateful to them. Most importantly, I came away impressed with the incredible amount of lov and caring I saw from all the crews in helping their runners reach their goal.
Previous Badwater Clinic Experience:

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My Badwater Finishing Prediction:

I feel that I can finish between 40 and 50 hours. I am basing this on my experience as a pacer and crew last year.My runner would have finished in this time frame if there had not been a few specific problems. The pace we did was very comfortable for me. Also we have run together before and our pace is pretty similar. My 100 mile races were well under 30 hours which would give me a reasonable margin to complete another 35 miles.
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My Weirdest Experience:

I had hoped to apply for Badwater in 2002, so I was planning to run the Heartland 100 in Oct. 2001 for my qualifying 100 mile race. Three and a half weeks before the race I was on a short run when I had a sudden severe pain in my foot. I had two sets of xrays and saw a running specialist, with no definitive diagnosis. I was told to stay on crutches until the race and give it a try but that I probably would not make it. I did a lot of biking and water jogging and finally drove myself from PA to KS. I was very upset because I knew if I didn't finish I would not be able to apply for Badwater that year. Everyone told me I was crazy to drive half way across the country to a race I probably wouldn't be able to finish, but I had to go. My foot still hurt at the start of the race. Within the first few miles I found myself running with another woman. We began talking and soon found that we had an great deal in common-divorce,second marriage,love of rocks and crystals and a metaphysical outlook on life. And amazingly we were both there to get a qualifying 100 miler for Badwater. By mile 31 it became clear to me that I should not go any further with the pain in my foot. I dropped out at the next aid station. I had never dropped out of a race before and this one was really important. As I walked to the aid station I felt an incredible sense of calm. I felt that I had come across the country for a purpose. I should have been terribly upset but I wasn't. As it turns out, I made a good friend that day and met the woman I would crew for at Badwater that year, Anita Fromm. Being at Badwater that year as a pacer was hard at times because I had wanted, so badly, to be there as a runner. But I feel that things always happen for a reason and I learned so much that will help me this year. I also like to think that I was able to help Anita by being there for her. P.S. A bone scan later showed a metatarsal stress fracture.

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My Most Challenging Race Experience:

My most challenging run was the Umstead 100 in April 2002.After reading this you will probably say "too much information" but you asked! This race was very important for me. Again, I was trying for a qualifying 100 miler to get into Badwater. I had only been running again for four months since the stress fracture in my foot. I caught a cold on the way to Raleigh. And of course, I got my period the day before. I used a new sports drink that I'd tried on training runs, but of course, not for this long. By around mile 15 I developed severe diarrhea. The kind my friend calls "voluminous, volcanic". My nose was also running profusely. Luckily Umstead is a loop course so every loop I could refill my pockets with keenex, toilet paper and tampons. Also, I wear contacts and the dust in places was terrible when vehicles would go by. So now I add a bottle of eye drops to my pocket. I am not a cold weather person and I thought North Carolina would be pleasant. That night it was 20 degrees. I had several spells of uncontrollable shivering and was afraid that I might have to drop out due to hypothermia. The other things I could deal with but this could be serious. I finally ended up wearing a fleece shirt, two running jackets and a mylar blanket until the sun came up. On my last loop, things had warmed up,I picked up my walkman and some music and knew I would finish. Crossing that finish line was so amazing! Without all the bathroom stops I'm sure I would have finished at least an hour earlier. I couldn't wear my contacts for days, my eyes were so red. The skin peeled off my nose in huge pieces from blowing it so much. And my bottom, well, that really would be too much information.

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WhyI Run Ultras:

I was a chubby, unathletic kid. There were no role models in my family for any type of athletics. I started running in college to lose weight. Later I was introduced to lifting weights. It felt really good to do something physical, but I still never considered myself an athlete. I continued to run but never entered a race until 1998. My son was 9 at the time and he wanted us to do a local 5K. I was hooked. I started wondering if I could do a marathon. That went pretty well, then I heard about ultras. I discovered how much I love being out in nature. I also discovered an incredible sense of personal power. Training and running ultras gives me time to myself. It has become my meditation and prayer. I have seen so many places and met so many people that I wouldn't have without running. I'll never forget the full moon over Towne's Pass or the howling coyotes on the Kansas prairie. Knowing I can cover these ultra distances, often being alone for hours, in the dark, in the woods or on the prairie has helped me to be less fearful in other parts of my life. I'm not very fast, but I seem to have been made for the long haul. I recover quickly and have had only one injury. And of course, I just love ultras! I always have a great time. Even at the lowest points, I can't think of any place I'd rather be.

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Why I want a slot on the start line of the 2003 Badwater Ultramarathon:

I don't know if I can answer this any better than you can say why you fall in love with a particular person. I read about Badwater before I had ever run an ultra. I have been fasinated with it ever since. It became my dream race. I had no desire to run Western States or any of the other well known races. I have the Running on the Sun video, old race magazines, books by Richard Benyo, Jay Birmingham and Kirk Johnson, and have read everything I could find about Badwater. Crewing and pacing last year confirmed it all. I loved the desert. Coming out of Death Valley to the sight of the snow capped Sierra Nevadas was awesome, as was seeing the runners cross the finish line with such emotion on their faces. This race is an incredible challenge and I just feel that I belong there. Everything I have done in the last couple of years has been toward this goal.

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My Other Ultrasport Experience:

No formal events. I do bike long distances for cross training. I also enjoy rock climbing,caving and martial arts.

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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:

I am not sure at this time. A local television station has expressed interest, but nothing definite.

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

I am running this race to raise money for research for Waldenstrom's Macroglobulimemia. This is a form of bone marrow cancer. My father was diagnosed with it this year. It is considered an orphan disease with no major fund raising groups backing it. My father is currently on suppressive chemotherapy, which is currently the only treatment available. I would like to dedicate the race to him. The website is the International Waldenstrom's Macroglobulinemia Foundation.

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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