Name: Charles F. Waskevich, Jr.
City: Millburn
State: New Jersey
Country: United States of America

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Nationality: American
Occupation: Attorney
Birthday: July 28, 1948
Age: 54
T-Shirt: Large
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Number of Years Running: 40.5
Number of Marathons and 50k's: 89

Qualifying Standard(s) I Meet-
I qualify under qualifying standard # 1 (three fifty-mile running races. In fact, I have run five (50) mile running races and list them here in reverse chronological order:

(A) Nifty Fifty Ultramarathon, Coventry, RI; Nov 17, 2002; 11:29:02 (12-hour qualifying standard); Sixteenth place.

(B) Long Island Endurance 50-Mile Run, Plainview, NY; May 18, 2002; 11:28:45 (12-hour qualifying standard); Thirteenth place.

(C) Garden State 50 Mile Endurance Run, Howell, NJ; September 16, 2001; 11:35:00 (12-hour qualifying standard); Eighteenth place.

(D) Long Island Endurance 50-Mile Run, Oster Bay, NY; May 16, 1999; 10:49:42 (12-hour qualifying standard); Thirty-fifth place.

(E) Long Island Endurance 50-Mile Run, Oster Bay, NY; May 16, 1998; 11:20:52 (12-hour qualifying standard); Nineteenth place.
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50 mile races-
(A) Nifty Fifty Ultramarathon, Coventry, RI; Nov 17, 2002; 11:29:02; Sixteenth place.

(B) Long Island Endurance 50-Mile Run, Plainview, NY; May 18, 2002; 11:28:45; Thirteenth place.

(C) Garden State 50 MIle Endurance Run, Howell, NJ; September 16, 2001; 11:35:00; Eighteenth place.

(D) Long Island Endurance 50-Mile Run, Oster Bay, NY; May 16, 1999; 10:49:42; Thirty-fifth place.

(E) Long Island Endurance 50-Mile Run, Oster Bay, NY; May 16, 1998; 11:20:52; Nineteenth place.
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100km races-NA
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100mi races-NA
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100mi+ races-
Nineteenth Annual 72, 48 & 24 Hour Across The Years Race, Queen Creek, Arizona; January 1, 2003; 48 Hrs;
116.569 miles; Eighth place.

Previous Badwater Racing Experience: NA

Previous Badwater Crewing Experience: Crewed for Jody Reicher and conducted a motivational study on Badwater participants in 2002.

Previous Badwater Clinic Experience: NA
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My Badwater Finishing Prediction:

I anticipate a Badwater finishing time between 40 and 50 hours. I ran 116.5 miles in the 48-hour Race Across The Years in Queen Creek on January 1, 2003 even though I was unable to run a step since competing in the Philadelphia Marathon on November 24, 2002 (due to a busy litigation schedule of 16-hour work days in the United Kingdom and Eastern Europe during the interim). I intend to model my run on George Biondic's intelligent dissection of the Badwater course in 2002, and the invaluable insights that I have learned as a graduate student in Exercise Physiology and Psychology (with a concentration in ultraendurance athletics).
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My Weirdest Experience:

I would have to say that my "wierdest" ultrarunning experience has been that the two fifty mile runs that I completed in 2002 (Nifty 50 in Coventry, RI and Long Island Endurance, in Plainview, NY) were run in Nor'easters (east coast hurricane-type storms) which don't generally occur all that often. During each event temperatures fell into the upper 30s and hypothermia caused many to drop out of the event. With Badwater, I am assured that I will not be presented with my third Nor'easter (although, in the heat of Death Valley, I may long for some sleet and torential rain).
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My Most Challenging Race Experience:

I think that running the Race Across The Years on January 1, 2003 with no training during the prior thirty-five days presented my most challenging ultrarunning experience to date. However, it also provided wonderful experience. The challenge was presented by the fact that my legs had no miles in them and I had spent the vast majority of the prior thirty-five days working long 16 hour days. However, I concluded that the fatigue generated by those conditions helped replicate the unique fatigue that the Badwater enviroment generates. Since my ultraendurance research has disclosed that ultrarunning largely involves dealing with psychological challenges, I took advantage of the wonderful training laboratory that the Race Across The Years presented. Once again, I proved that a powerful mind can drive the body beyond its physical limits.
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Why I Run Ultras:

I am fascinated with the psychology of ultraendurance athletics. Very little substantial research has been done in this area, and so, as I explore this area, I feel much like Lewis and Clark as they discovered the wonders of the American west. The only way a research scientist can truly understand ultraendurance athletics is to particpate in them to get the "feel." Apart from the intellectual attraction of ultraendurance athletics, I have also fallen "victim" to the serotonin addiction that keeps most ultraendurance athletes coming back for more and more.
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Why I want a slot on the start line of the 2003 Badwater Ultramarathon:

First, Badwater is clearly the ultimate and premier ultraendurance event in the world. It is the bedrock of both ultraendurance challenges and history. Badwater is the "must do" ultraendurance event. I can analogize a trip to Death Valley to baseball (my other passion) and a visit to Yankee Stadium (the House that Ruth built) - with Badwater being the race that Al Arnold built. And a visit to Yankee Stadium is not complete until the visitor wanders around the monuments in left-center field where busts of the legendary Ruth, Gehrig, Dimaggio and Mantle rest. The same is true when one visits Death Valley - a magnificant stadium - and wanders around Badwater, Furnace Creek, Stovepipe Wells and Lone Pine - legendary places where running history has been made. I can't think of a more moving place to run 135 miles.

Secondly, I want to run Badwater just to be part of Badwater. There is a famous vignette involving General Joe Stillwell reviewing paratroopers during WWII. The General appoaches a young trooper and asks, "Good morning son, do you like to jump?" The trooper responded sharply and quickly in a loud voice, "NO SIR, I LIKE TO BE AROUND PEOPLE WHO JUMP." Whether one is enamored by ultraendurance running (I am) or not, there is something special about participating in an event where your coparticipants are legends such as Marshal Ulrich, Lisa Smith or Al Arnold (I never got to play with Mantle). The beauty of Badwater is that it creates legends each and every year that it is run; witness the heroic efforts of Chris Moon and the intelligent accomplishments of Pam Reed, Darren Worts and George Biondic. Like the paratrooper, I want to run Badwater just to be around Badwater participants -for a week in July when I will turn 55 (do they make candles that won't melt in 128 degree heat?).
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My Other Ultrasport Experience:

I also do a considerable amount of "informal" ultra endurance road and mountain cycling and ocean kayaking. I serve each year (in May and September) as Marshal Captain of Bike New York (The Great Five Borough Bike Race) and the MS 100 Bike Ride in New York City. Two years ago, in December 2000, I mountain biked across 500 miles of Golden Triangle jungle in Southeast Asia. I kayak in the Atlantic Ocean off of New Jersey, and several weeks last December/January I kayaked the waters between the islands of New Zealand.
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Media that I will represent or write for:

No
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Media that will cover my experience in this race:

No
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The Charity that I will represent and raise funds for is:

Yes. The Vietnam Veterans Assistance Fund (VVAF)(http://www.vvafund.org/). The VVAF is a 501 (c)(3) non profit organization with dual functions of providing funds to selected nonprofit organizations to support community-based veteran related projects throughout the United States and running several transitional houses as temporary residences for homeless veterans. I will run for this charity because of the warm spot in my heart that I have for the less fortunate of our Vietnam era veterans. They are truly a neglected part of our landscape. As we seeming prepare for another war in the middle east, I am hopeful that my efforts will direct need attention to those veterans who came before, but whose sacrifices have been overlooked.
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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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