73mendes Name: Manoel de Jesus Mendes
City: Brasilia
Country: BRAZIL
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Nationality: Brazilian
Occupation: Triathlete
Birthday: 07/04/1960
Age: 43
T-Shirt: medium
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Number of Years Running: 21
Number of Marathons and 50k's: 35

Qualifying Standard(s) I Meet-
Ultraman World Championship,2002 - Kona, Hawaii: 27:37hs 7th place
Ultraman World Championship
Swiming 6.2 mile - Open ocean swim - 4:02hs
Bike 261.4 mile - cross-country bike ride 15:00
Run 52.4 mile - ultra-marathon run - 8:35hs
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50 mile races-
1998 - Ultraman World Championship - Kona, Hawaii -
8:35 - 16th place.
2001 - Ultraman World Championship - Kona, Hawaii -
9:20 - 11th place.
2002 - 7th Around the Island Relay (150km) - Santa Catarina,Brazil 12:57(record) - 1th place with Sergio Cordeiro my friend.
2002 - Ultraman World Championship - Kona, Hawaii -
8:35 - 7 place.
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100km races-
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100mi races-
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100mi+ races-

Previous Badwater Racing Experience:
Previous Badwater Crewing Experience:
Previous Badwater Clinic Experience:
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My Badwater Finishing Prediction:

Under 40 hours.
I started to train for this challenge in January of 2002. I tried in July,2002 did not obtain. I learned very with the errors that I commited in the test. I did not give up. I continued training. I do a Ultraman in last november in Hawaii. I am training very and I believ that of this time I go carry through my dream. Cross the DEATH VALLEY.
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My Weirdest Experience:

Badwater Ultramarathon. I believe to be the race most difficult of the world. It is my dream to cross running this desert.
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My Most Challenging Race Experience:

3 times Ultraman Wolds Championship in Hawaii, 1998,2001,2002.
2 times Around the Island Relay 2001,2002.
I learn very when i carry through this type test. I have that to surpass pain, the solitude... with calm, to surpass the difficulty that happens during the test. I apply this in my life and education to mine two childrens.
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Why I Run Ultras:

Because I biliev that limits exist to be surpassed, and being able to surpass the limits of my body and mind has become my main objective in life. I put my entire soul into running ultras.
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Why I want a slot on the start line of the 2003 Badwater Ultramarathon:

When I stows in Death Valley in last July. I was scared and magic at the same time with that unknown world. I was very sad for not having obtained to cross it. With the blessing of God I go to come back and to finish.
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My Other Ultrasport Experience:

Ultraman World Championship
1998 - 30:30 (details specified above) 16th place
2001 - 28:03 11th place.
2002 - 27:30 7th. place.
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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:

Yes, TV (Rede Globo, Brazil)
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The Charity that I will represent and raise funds for is:

No.
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Do I speak English?: no
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: Ironman Germany - July,1996
Ironman Australia - April,1997
Ironman New Zealand - March,1997
Ironman Porto Seguro(Brazil) - May,1997
Ironman Hawaii - October,1997
Ironman Brazil - May,1998
Ultraman Hawaii - Nov,1998
Ultraman Hawaii - Nov,2001
Race Around the Island Relay Brazil - April,2002
Ultraman Hawaii - Nov,2002