Name: Howie Stern
City: Mammoth Lakes
State: California
Country: USA
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Nationality: US
Occupation: Musician
Birthday: 11/1/1969
Age: 33
T-Shirt: XL
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Number of Years Running: 13
Number of Marathons and 50k's: 4

Distances:

Qualifying Standard I Meet-#2 Leadville Trail 100, 2001, 25h:48min, Colorado
#2 Angeles Crest 100, 2001, 29h:46min, California
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100mi races-Leadville Trail 100, 2001, 25h:48min, 45th out of 166 finishers/462 starters.

Angeles Crest 100, 2001, 29h:46min, 39th of 65 finishers/118 starters.
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100mi+ races-

Previous Badwater Racing Experience:
Previous Badwater Crewing Experience: I was a pacer/crew for Kari Marchant during the 2002 race. I ran 55 miles. The areas I felt I learned most from were related to: how to deal with the heat, the importanceof having a good crew that works well together, food and equipment needs, realization that being out in the desert day and night is really fun.
Previous Badwater Clinic Experience:

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My Badwater Finishing Prediction:

I plan on finishing in under 40 hours. Based on my previous 100 mile times I feel that I am justified in predicting a finsh within 40 hours. The 100s I have done were very tough with lots of elevation gain and loss as well as high altitude up to 12,600 feet. This coupled with my experience pacing at Badwater in 2002 leaves me quite confident in assesing my potential at Badwater.

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My Weirdest Experience:

Haven't have anything really strange yet although those glow sticks sure do look spooky during the last 25 miles of Angeles Crest.

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My Most Challenging Race Experience:

2001 Angeles Crest 100. I was really tired going into the race having done Leadville six weeks earlier. The first half of the race I was battling record heat and deep fatigue. At some point I switched gears and just tried to have fun and it really worked. I was able to dig deep and turn the day around and have a great second half. It took all of the srength I could muster to finally finish that race after a few previous unsucsessful attemps.

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WhyI Run Ultras:

I love and cherish the solitude and beauty of the long training runs out in the Sierras. The intense feelings of satisfaction that come with pushing my mind and body far past the borders of normal human "comfort zones". The comraderie of all my fellow competitors, crew, friends and family all involved within the sport. Oh yeah, just doing anything that most people see as totaly insane!

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

After reading an article on the race back in the 80's a seed was planted. I wasn't even a runner yet but somehow the story of the event captivated me. In 1998 the race popped back in my mind when I met Denise Jones' daughter Angie in Mammoth. We got to talking and she told me about her mom's Badwater adventures and it rekindled my interest. I was just getting into ultras and I knew someday I'd be ready to tackle this beast. In 2000, I went out to Badwater as a time station official to learn more about what it would be like to get out there. I learned a lot on a superficial level, but it was pacing and crewing for Kari Marchant at the 2002 race that sealed my fate. I got the full effect of the Badwater experience and will never forget the memories of that time. I knew then that the time had come for me to step up to the plate. To me this race is ultimate test of mind, body and spirit due to the extremes in distance, heat, suffering and when continuing on to the summit, elevation.

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My Other Ultrasport Experience:

Before ultras I had been doing triathlons for about six years. My longest race was the Great Floridian Triathlon which is an Ironman distance race. I did it in 1998 in a time of 11:39:58 and came in 170th out of a field of 1100.

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Media that I will represent or write for:

I will write an article for our local paper which is the Mammoth Times. I have had previous stories on my running exploits published by them so I don't see any problems with future articles.

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Media that will cover my experience in this race:

I don't have anything lined up yet.

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

I would like to do something but haven't decided which to charity to help yet. I would like for this event to not be a totaly selfish endevour!

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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