Name: Gillian Robinson
City: Mountain View
State: CA
Country: USA

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Nationality: US Permanent Resident / British passport
Occupation: Director of Product Management
Birthday: 08/10/66
Age: 36
T-Shirt: M
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Number of Years Running: 6
Number of Marathons and 50k's: 48

Qualifying Standard(s) I Meet-
#1:
American River 50, 4/1/00, 10:18:22
American River 50, 4/7/01, 10:16:13
Coyote Four Play, day 1, 3/16/01, 10:37:00
Dick Collins Firetrails 50M, Oct 12, 2002 10:53:59

#2:
Arkansas Traveller 100M, 10/8/00, 28:35:24
Rocky Racoon Trail 100, 2/24/01, 27:05:05
Western States 100, 6/29/02, 29:04:20
Angel Island 100, 12/31/02, 29:30:40

#5: Crewed/paced at Badwater in 2002
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50 mile races-
American River 50, 4/1/00, 10:18:22
American River 50, 4/7/01, 10:16:13
Coyote Four Play, day 1, 3/16/01, 10:37:00
Dick Collins Firetrails 50M, Oct 12, 2002 10:53:59
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100km races-
Ruth Anderson 100K, 4/22/00, 11:07:20
Miwok 100K, 5/6/00, 14:09:12
Jim Skophammer 12-hour track run, 7/22/00, 64.6 miles
Catalina 100K, 2/24/01, 14:53:00
Miwok 100K, 5/5/01, 14:03:40
Across the Years 24hr track run, 12/31/01, 82 miles
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100mi races-
Arkansas Traveller 100M, 10/8/00, 28:35:24
Rocky Racoon Trail 100, 2/24/01, 27:05:05
Western States 100, 6/29/02, 29:04:20
Angel Island 100, 12/31/02, 29:30:40
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100mi+ races-
Across the Years 24hr track run, 12/31/00, 101.4 miles

Previous Badwater Racing Experience: none

Previous Badwater Crewing Experience: Crewed and paced in 2002 for Don Lundell. Ran approximately 20 miles total. I learned that sleep, food, water, and salt are very important, and when a runner becomes so disoriented that he won't move forward, he has to be put to bed for a couple hours.

Previous Badwater Clinic Experience: July 2002 clinic. Ran only about 4 miles because I was there to check out the course. I learned more about foot taping and perfecting the techniques for that. I also learned how close the Badwater community is.
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My Badwater Finishing Prediction:

Between 40 and 50 hours. I have run 100 miles at a steady pace for 29 hours, so I believe that with starting slow in Badwater, and making sure to rest and eat, I can maintain a steady pace and finish under 50 hours.
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My Weirdest Experience:

Generally, hallucinations are the weirdest thing about ultras over 50 miles--I've seen a dragon head, gnomes, a BBQ, and a lady in a blue dress, among other things. The one that sticks with me was in Arkansas Traveler 100 in Oct. 2000. I saw mice going across the trail in front of me (they weren't really there). The weird part was that they would stop, sit up, and wave to me. I still look for those mice during long ultras...
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My Most Challenging Race Experience:

I often feel that my last ultra was my most challenging. There is almost always a point where I feel I cannot go on, that I am not good enough to go on, and then I somehow overcome this and continue. That moment of triumph, in looking back, is almost more satisfying than the finish. So, an example of this is my last run, Angel Island 100 starting 12/31/02 and finishing 1/1/03. With just over 10 miles to go I was feeling a lot of physical pain and emotionally did not want to go on. I was at the bottom of an uphill section and just wanted to cry. But I didn't fall apart. I slowly got up that little hill and found that I could actually run again, and finish the race with a smile.
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Why I Run Ultras:

The simple answer is, because I can. I run them because it gives me a great example of how things don't just get bad forever, they can get good again. No matter how bad you feel in an ultra, you can feel better. And that's why you should just keep going. And isn't that just a little bit like life itself?
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Why I want a slot on the start line of the 2003 Badwater Ultramarathon:

Badwater is the toughest continuous long distance run that I know of, so it is a great challenge to me. When I flew over Death Valley in a plane recently and the pilot commented on the lowest and highest points in the contiguous United States, I knew I had to do this run. I have been drawn into it.
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My Other Ultrasport Experience:

no other sports.
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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:

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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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Here is my athletic resume: http://www.ultra-g.net/running/running_log.htm and http://www.ultra-g.net/journal/