Name: Scott Ludwig
City: Peachtree City
State: Georgia
Country: USA
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Nationality: USA
Occupation: Warehouse Department Manager
Birthday: December 10, 1954
Age: 48
T-Shirt: X-large
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Number of Years Running: 25
Number of Marathons and 50k's: 102

Distances:

Qualifying Standard(s) I Meet-1988 24-Hour National Championship (Atlanta, GA) 101 miles (19.5 hours)

2002 24-Hour National Championship (Olander Park, OH) 129 miles (24 hours)

1982 Stone Mountain 50 miler (Stone Mountain, GA) 7 hours, 28 minutes, 25 seconds

2000 JFK 50 miler (Boonesboro, Maryland) 8 hours 19 seconds
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50 mile races-1982 Stone Mountain 50 miler (Stone Mountain, GA) 7:28:25 (6th place)

2000 JFK 50 miler (Boonesboro, Maryland) 8:00:19 (56th place)
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100km races-
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100mi+ races-1988 24 Hour National Championship (Atlanta, GA) 101 miles (19.5 hours) 27th place.

2002 24 Hour National Championship (Olander Park, OH) 129 miles (24 hours) 4th place.

Previous Badwater Racing Experience: none.
Previous Badwater Crewing Experience: none.
Previous Badwater Clinic Experience: none (plan on participating in this year's over Memorial Day weekend).

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My Badwater Finishing Prediction:

Under 40 hours. I base this prediction on my successes in 24 hour runs, as well as the base mileage i have (87,300 miles over 25 years, including an average of 90 miles/week over the past nine years). I've got a streak of 24+ years, and am accustomed to running in the heat and humidity of Georgia and Florida. I've also run successfully in the climates of Las Vegas (3:02 marathon) and St. George, Utah (2:48 marathon). PLUS: I've got a fantastic crew lined up to assist me, and they've even go a catchy slogan: 'Just CREW it!'

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My Weirdest Experience:

I attempted a solo run across the state of Georgia (from Columbus to Savannah), a distance of 280 miles in the fall of 1982. I pulled up 'lame' on the 4th day (after 159 miles), as my left shin was on the verge of a major stress fracture from running facing traffic the entire time (i.e. the nap of the road took its toll). I called a friend of mine in Atlanta to come 'rescue' me, and I laid on the side of Highway 280 for four hours until he arrived.

Note: I attempted this run again in the fall of 1992 with a support crew of ONE and MADE IT! Six days--280 miles--and more chili dogs and onion rings than I care to remember!

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My Most Challenging Race Experience:

The JFK 50 miler in 2002. I am not accustomed to running on trails (I do most of my running on the streets in my neighborhood at 3:30 a.m. in the morning), and the 13 miles on the Appalachian Trail almost did me in. I was in 13th place ENTERING the Appalachian Trail, and 56th when I EXITED the trail. Somehow, someway...I managed to hold my position until the end of the race. Not bad, considering I basically WALKED the 13 miles of the Appalachian Trail..I don't know how you can run on loose rocks, piles of leaves, slippery slopes, etc...unless you're a mountain goat.

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WhyI Run Ultras:

I've been successful at them over the years (I kind of sensed this in high school, because in 10th grade I could run the 600 yard run faster than anyone in my class that DIDN'T throw up afterwards). Running 5 - 10% slower than I do in marathons makes an INCREDIBLE difference in what I'm able to accomplish over distances of 50K and up. As I'm getting older and losing my speed, ultras are more and more appealing to me.

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

I'll run my 100th marathon at Boston this year, and running Badwater this July would be the 'crown jewel' in my running career. Plus, I have been focusing on this race ever since I purchased the video 'Running on the Sun' and read the book written by one of the participants from 1999. In fact, I gave my 3 crew members a copy of both for Christmas, and they've already watched the video (SEVERAL times) and read the book...and taken notes.

Personally, I think about Badwater every day: some days I don't know how I can run the 135 miles across Death Valley and up Mount Whitney. And then there are days when I think I have a chance to win it. It sure would be great to find out which thought is closer to reality. I picture the finish at Mount Whitney at the end of my run each day, and imagine how great it will be to complete Badwater.

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My Other Ultrasport Experience:

none.

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Media that I will represent or write for:

I believe the Atlanta newspaper, the Journal-Constitution, will be interested in covering it. In the January 1st edition, they listed my hopes of running Badwater in their special 'New Year's Resolutions' section.

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Media that will cover my experience in this race:

I'm not sure at this time (although I doubt it). See previous answer.

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

Yes, the Alex Sudduth Memorial Fund which benefits the children's ward of Egleston Hospital in Atlanta. Alex was the 7 year old son of my next door neighbors (Stephanie and Anthony Sudduth) who lost their son to leukemia two years ago. Stephanie and I organized a race in Peachtree City last year, the 'Run for Alex 5K,' in his memory (held in April, Alex's birth month). We are making it an annual event.

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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

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Here is my athletic resume: *95 lifetime marathons.
*87,000+ lifetime miles.
*Have run every day since November 30, 1078.
*Run across the state of Georgia (280 miles).
*600 lifetime races.
*Masters champion - 2002 24 Hour National Championship.
*Member of the Atlanta Track Club Mens Masters competitive team.
*Editor of 'Absolutely True...Tales from the DARKSIDE (a local 'underground' running newsletter).
*Marathon PR of 2:48; 10K PR of 36:15, 5K PR of 17:12, 50K PR of 3:44:58.