Name: Nancy Shura
City: Northridge
State: CA
Country: USA

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Nationality: USA
Occupation: Hepatitis Research Coordinator - University of Southern California-Health Sciences Campus
Birthday: 06-16-1950
Age: 53
T-Shirt: small-med
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Number of Years Running: Took my very first running step 13 years ago
Number of Marathons and 50k's: 70 combined: marathons = 40; 50ks = 30

Distances:

Qualifying Standard(s) I Meet-The most current would be:

Standard #2
Angeles Crest 100-Mile Endurance Run
Year: 2001
Time: 32:26
Place: Wrightwood, CA
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50 mile races-1996 American River (11:47:59) Sacramento,CA
1997 Avalon Benefit (11:11:54) Catalina,CA
1997 American River (11:23:02) Sacramento, CA
1998 Avalon Benefit (10:51:12) Catalina, CA
1998 Leona Divide (11:44:50) Leona, CA
2001 Avalon Benefit (10:46:44) Catalina, CA
2002 San Diego 1-Day (51.27 miles/14:00) San Diego, CA
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100km races-N/A
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100mi races-1997 Vermont 100 Mile Endurance Run (29:07) VT

2001 Angeles Crest 100 Mile Endurance Run (32:26) CA (only 10 female finishers; 50-59 y/o age division winner)
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100mi+ races-Do bonus miles count, while getting lost in a 100 miler? ;-)

Previous Badwater Racing Experience: N/A
Previous Badwater Crewing Experience: 2001 Badwater: Crew Captain for Greg Minter who finished his first BW in 46:13:32. A few things I learned: Show respect for the desert and it's elements; BW is not to be "conquered"... you can only hope to pass through; Gather a crew you can trust in all situations and train them well; Most important, I learned that we are all very small!
Previous Badwater Clinic Experience: 2001 Memorial Day Clinic: Crewed/paced for Greg Minter; At this weekend clinic, I joined the Blister Court as an official Blister Princess! The foot taping I learned from Denise served Greg well at BW and also worked for me through my 100 miler at Angeles Crest.
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My Badwater Finishing Prediction:

Between 40 and 50 hours.
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My Weirdest Experience:

Of course I've had some wierd things happen during ultras: At the VT 100 I went completely blind for several minutes in the bright sun, just steps away from the finish line; but I have to say that my weirdest experiences are definitely the bizarre dreams I often have just before big races, ie. showing up at the start late, or realizing I'm barefooted, or dreaming that I'm running through indoor shopping malls as part of the race course (okay I am actually a running shopping junkie!)
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My Most Challenging Race Experience:

My biggest ultra challenge was finishing the Angeles Crest 100 in 2001. A couple of years earlier, I DNF'd at Western States at mile 48. Following that, I decided I needed to toughen up by finishing something even harder than WS. My training strategy for AC was to identify my weaknesses and work hard to improve them. I did months of mental and physical homework to cover every possibility the race would present me. During the race itself, my wonderful crew kept me motivated and moving for the first 60 miles, which were extremely difficult for me. Everything finally started to click at mile 62 and I became a little trail robot. From all of this I learned to really do your homework before the race, to trust your training, and to listen to your crew (instead of that little voice in your head)!
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Why I Run Ultras:

It needs no explaining to those who understand and it could never be explained to those who don’t; but it's probably related to a severe chemical imbalance in my brain, but my love Larry says that I'm the person he would most want to take into battle with him, so it must be a good thing!
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Why I want a slot on the start line of the 2003 Badwater Ultramarathon:

My friend and WS pacer, Judy Overholtzer actually finished (and won) a couple of Badwaters way back when and I actually secretly decided several years ago to put Badwater on my Future-To-Do-List. Since that time, I've finished a couple of 100s and crewed Greg Minter at Badwater, and I now realize that for me, the future has arrived.
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My Other Ultrasport Experience:

~ Mt. Whitney summit in one-day (1995)
~ Grand Canyon Rim-to-Rim Runs (1998, 1996)
~ Coach/founder of the UltraLadies’ Running Club: Since 1995, I’ve volunteered my time and experience to help others train to run their first ultras. Many have gone on to complete 100-mile endurance runs. I am proud to count Badwater veterans Greg Minter and Steve Matsuda among our UltraLadies' Men!
~ Race Director for the Valley Crest Half Marathon: A trail half marathon held in June, on Mulholland fireroad, in the San Fernando Valley, Los Angeles, CA
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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:

For the past year, I have been looking at a postcard of Rudy, so I will adopt Challenged Athletes Foundation as my charity.
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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: RUNNING RESUME; NANCY SHURA

City: Northridge

Nationality: USA

Occupation: Hepatitis Research Coordinator; University of Southern California; Health Sciences Campus

Birthday: 06/16/50

Age: 52

T-Shirt: small to medium

Number of Years Running: Took my first running step in 1989.

Number of Marathons: As of St. George 2002, I have completed 40 marathons, about half of which are trail marathons. I often use marathons as “training runs”. Two Boston Marathons ('01, '02) and going to Boston 2003.

Distances:

50km; 30Trail 50km finishes:
~Bulldog 50K (2001, 1999, 1998, 1997, 1995, 1993)
~Crown King 50K (1998)
~Cuyamaca 50K (1992)
~High Desert 50K (*2002, 2000, 1998, 1997, 1996, 1995)
~Mugu 50/50 (1998); aka Coyote Four Play
~Mule Run (1993, 1991)
~San Gabriel Mountain 50K(1998)
~Shadow of the Giants 50K (1996, 1992, 1991)
~San Juan Trail 50K (1998, 1997, 1996, 1993)
~Holcomb Valley 33-Mile (2001, 1999, 1998, 1997)
~Santa Barbara 9-Trails 35-Mile (1991)
*50K PR: 5:23 @ 2002 High Desert 50K

50mi ; 6 finishes:
~American River (1997, 1996)
~Avalon Benefit (*2001, 1998, 1997)
~Leona Divide (1998)
*50 Mile PR: 10:46 @ Avalon 2001
24 Hour: San Diego One-Day; 51.27 miles in 14 hours (2002)

100mi : 3 Starts, 2 Finishes
~Vermont 100 29:07 (1997)
~Western States DNF @ mile 48 (1998)
~Angeles Crest 100; 32:26 (2001) - one of 10 women to finish the race; Buffalo Award >50 y/o age division winner

Running-Related Experiences:
~Grand Canyon Rim-to-Rim Runs (1998, 1996)
~Mt. Whitney summit in one-day (1995)

Volunteer/Other:
~Coach/founder of the UltraLadies Running Club; since 1995, I've volunteered my time and experience to help others train to run their first ultras. Many have gone on to complete 100-mile endurance runs. I am proud to count Badwater veterans Greg Minter and Steve Matsuda among our UltraLadies' Men!
~Race Director for the Valley Crest Half Marathon, a trail half marathon on Mulholland fireroad, in the San Fernando Valley, Los Angeles, CA.