Name: Bill Lockton
City: Santa Monica
State: CA
Country: USA
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Nationality: USA
Occupation: VP Marketing, Ultra Botanicals, Inc.
Birthday: 4/14/48
Age: 55
T-Shirt: Medium
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Number of Years Running: 4
Number of Marathons and 50k's: 10 marathons by Badwater 2003.

Distances:

Qualifying Standard(s) I Meet-Qualifying Standard
#2: San Diego 1-Day, Nov 9-10, 2002, El Cajon, CA. 109.02 miles in 24 hours, 7th place overall
#5: I ran 52.7 miles in a 12-HR event I used for training and the 109.02 in the 24-HR, and both paced and attended a heat training clinic last year.
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50 mile races-Sundagger Equinox 12-HR Run, Sept. 21, 2002, Pasadena, CA. A private event with 30+ entrants and temperature that reached to over 100 degrees. 1st male/2nd overall with 52.7 miles in 12 hours.
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100km races-
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100mi races-San Diego 1-Day, Nov 9-10, 2002. I hit 100 miles (on the way to 109.02) at 21:33. Same race as listed below.
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100mi+ races-San Diego 1-Day, Nov 9-10, 2002, El Cajon, CA. 109.02 miles in 24 hours, 7th place overall, 6th Male, 2nd in Age Group.

Previous Badwater Racing Experience:

Previous Badwater Crewing Experience: I paced and crewed for Angela Brunson in 2002, pacing her for some 40-50 miles of her run as well as tending to her needs. Her performance was so inspiring that I developed a burning desire to see if I could do it myself. Not only did I learn a lot about how to eat and hydrate over a long run, observing her taught me how significant the mental aspect is.

Previous Badwater Clinic Experience: 4th of July weekend, 2002. 40 miles over two days. It was my first experience of longer than marathon distance over back-to-back days, and the first time ever running at over 120 degrees. The first thing I learned was that I wasn't processing food or fluids at all well after the first 13 miles, took a break to let my body catch up, and then went on to another 10 miles that day feeling good. The next day I felt great for 17 miles, stopping only because the driver wanted a turn running. Ben and Denise Jones were extremely helpful.
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My Badwater Finishing Prediction:

Between 40-50 hours. I am hoping to finish within 48 hours. Using the 109+ miles at the 24-HR run as a base, figuring I would never run or walk close to the same speed at Badwater, and then figuring in that fatigue would slow me down further and further as the miles march on keeps giving me a projected finish time that would earn a buckle with a comfortable margin. The truth is that I'd be happy just to finish, so my plan is to treat it as a fun run and just enjoy every minute of its outrageousness! Besides, if I don't buckle the first time out, I can always come back and try it again!
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My Weirdest Experience:

Without much experience in ultras, I don't have a lot to draw upon to answer this question, but I do have an answer: For both the 12-HR run this past September and the 24-HR run this past November, I was struck by how much fun they were and how much less they hurt than most of my marathons. I find that weird, as do my friends. I think that's because I've run the ultras at a lower intensity than I run marathons or 10Ks, so they were a lot easier on my physiology. Sure, there was some discomfort from the endless pounding on the road/track, but by running more deeply within my limits I found that the runs in many ways were easier than when I try to go for a marathon pr, which can hurt a lot!
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My Most Challenging Race Experience:

The first answer was running at 123 degrees in Badwater at the July 2002 Training Clinic, although that might not qualify as an "ultrarunning experience" since I only covered 40 miles over 2 days; it was definitely challenging. This past summer I also ran the Pike's Peak Marathon, which some people consider an ultra because of the 8,000 ft. altitude gain; that was the most fun I've ever had running. For a true ultra, though, I'd have to say running the San Diego 1-Day Nov 2002 for several reasons: first of all, it poured on us for the first 17.5 hours, so dealing with the cold, the wet, the soaked shoes/socks/feet and everything else was a hurdle. Secondly, I had no idea if I could run that far or that long, and in fact had reason to think I couldn't. There's a story that's too long to go into here, but I had given up running in 1994, spent years tending to my body so I could run again, and have been successful at it ever since I restarted in 1999. Neverthless, to try to run 100 miles in 24 hours (my goal)? Imagine my surprise and delight when I hit my 100 miles in 21:33!
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WhyI Run Ultras:

I don't know if I know why. I like pushing to see what my limits are, but I'm not sure I know what the motivation behind that is. I'm finding that I've been enjoying ultras more than shorter runs(marathons and lesser distance), and fun is a big motivating factor for me. I have also really liked everyone I've met in the ultra world. It seems to attract a better class of athlete.
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Why I want a slot on the start line of the 2003 Badwater Ultramarathon:

It's too ridiculous to not want to!
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My Other Ultrasport Experience:

No ultrasport experience yet, although I started triathons this past summer and have completing my first Ironman as a goal for 2004.
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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:

Possibly. I've been interviewed as a possible participant to follow. I don't know any of the details yet, much less if it will happen or not. I probably need my application to be accepted first.
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The Charity that I will represent and raise funds for is:
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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
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Resume:

I just started running again in August 99 after a 10-year layoff. Since then I've completed 8 marathons (it'll be 10 by Badwater) but so far none of them have been times worth mentioning; I haven't run one since I've been in better shape. I did 1 duathlon, 3 sprint and 2 international distance triathlons last year, but since it was my first season, none of them were in times or earned places worth mentioning.

The only significant things I might mention are:

1. I am the Co-chair of the Sports and Physical Education Advisory Committee to the Board of the Santa Monica - Malibu School District, and.

2. My performance at the San Diego 1-Day was ranked as the 25th best male performance in the country for 2002. (By the way, applicant Scott Ludwig was 6th. I started to check for all the applicants, but the list was too long. Last year runner Jan Ryersee was 36th.)