84webbarthur Name: Arthur Webb
City: Santa Rosa
State: California
Country: United States
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Nationality: American
Occupation: Maintenance Manager
Birthday: 10-Feb-1942
Age: 61
T-Shirt: large
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Number of Years Running: 25
Number of Marathons and 50k's: 20+

Distances:

Qualifying Standard(s) I Meet-Qualifying Standard #6
1998 Badwater 135-miler 44:44 9th place
1999 Badwater 135-miler 33:57 4th place tie
2000 Badwater 135-miler 43:12 16th place
2001 Badwater 135-miler 40:19 12th place
2002 Badwater 135-miler 43:40 21st place
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50 mile races-1989 Cal 50-miler Santa Rosa, CA 6:53 7th place
1990 Ledson Marsh Santa Rosa, CA 6:37 3rd place
1993 Cal 50-miler santa Rosa, CA 7:07 3rd place
1996 Cal 50-miler santa Rosa, CA 8:25 12th place
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100km races-Have never run a 100Km race.
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100mi races-1994 Western States 100-miler 28:37 187th place
1997 Western States 100-miler 23:55 102nd place
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100mi+ races-1998 Badwater 135-miler 44:44 9th place
1999 Badwater 135-miler 33:57 4th place
2000 Badwater 135-miler 43:12 16th place
2001 Badwater 135-miler 40:19 12th place
2002 Badwater 135-miler 43:40 21st place

Previous Badwater Racing Experience: 1998 Badwater 135-miler 44:44 9th place
1999 Badwater 135-miler 33:57 4th place
2000 Badwater 135-miler 43:12 16th place
2001 Badwater 135-miler 40:19 12th place
2002 Badwater 135-miler 43:40 21st place
Previous Badwater Crewing Experience: Have not crewed or paced at badwater
Previous Badwater Clinic Experience: Have not been to a Badwater training clinic. Will be present this year.
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My Badwater Finishing Prediction:

With all my experience on this badwater course I believe a 37-hour finish is possible. The average time for my previous Badwater races is 40-hours. My fastest time is 34-hours. I should be able to split the difference.
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My Weirdest Experience:

At the 2002 Badwater race on the MT Whitney Portal Road a few miles below the switchbacks, I was confronted by a group of menacing animals crouching amongst the nearby plant-life. Fortunately they all disappeared just after I was almost devoured by a snowballing gigantic ghost-like blob with a dozen beady eyes.The year before in this same area it was a group of Yeti's and Pterodactyls who where escorting me up the mountain. Hallucinations or not, they alone are worth the trip.
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My Most Challenging Race Experience:

All the Badwater races are challenging. I suppose my first Badwater in 1998 was the hardest. I had never seen the course before and was running with a toe that I had just broken. The record breaking and suffocating 131-degree heat at Stovepipe Wells was almost unbearable. It cooled to 105 in the middle of the night before topping out at 125-degrees the next day in the Owens Valley. While suffering from heat exhaustion at the burg of Keeler (mile-108) my crew wrapped me in cold iced-downed towels for twenty minutes before I could continue. I was fortunate enough to buckle in 44-hours, but to this day I still find it hard to believe how anyone was able to handle those two days of atrocious heat.
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WhyI Run Ultras:

Ultras are a mental, physical, emotional and spiritual challenge. I want everyone to believe, especially the challenged kids that I run for, that regardless of age anything is possible if you stay physically conditioned and mentally positive. Just do it and never quit. The loftier the goals the richer the rewards.
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Why I want a slot on the start line of the 2003 Badwater Ultramarathon:

1. To complete the most extreme running challenge on earth. There are only a few moments in one's life that
are completely fulfilling and rewarding. Crossing the finish line at Badwater is one of them.
2. To run with all my heroes, especially the one's who adamantly told me that they would not be coming back.
3. To meet new heroes. The camaraderie is incredible.
4. To raise donations for a new facility for the kids that I run for.
5. To run 300-miles through all the majesty and beauty that is in Death Valley and on MT. Whitney.
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My Other Ultrasport Experience:

I am totally addicted to running. I ride a bike for some cross training and have circumvented Lake Tahoe on numerous occasions. But, I have never entered a bike race.
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Media that I will represent or write for:

Yes. At least three local radio stations are interested at this point. They are all baffled as to why and how a 61-year-old man would want to run 300-miles across one of the most extreme weather related areas of the world. At least two of these stations will be covering my progress via cellular phones.
KMGG-FM 97.7
KZST-FM 101
KSRO-AM 1350
I am still working on a San Francisco radio station.
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Media that will cover my experience in this race:

I have drawn some early interest from KGO-Channel 7 in San Francisco and Channel 50 in Santa Rosa, CA.I still have to do lots of hard work with these two in order to get commitments.
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The Charity that I will represent and raise funds for is:

I always run for the kids at the Valley of the Moons Children's Home in Santa Rosa, CA. This home is a crisis center for abused and abandoned children.The facility is used as a transitory home for kids of all ages as a result of domestic or other family related violence. The children may either be placed back in their homes after extensive research and counseling or move on to foster homes. My goal is to raise enough contributions to help complete the construction of a new safe have facility for all the needful youngsters that I have great empathy for and share roots with. Since I will be attempting to double last years donations, I feel it incumbent and an honor to run the 300-mile double crossing for all these terrific children.
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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: During the past 25-years I have run in dozens of ultras and have covered the marathon distance, usually in traing runs, hundreds of times. I average 15-miles every day and have passed the 125,000 mile mark. Although I have been slowed by injuries the last few years I still run numerous shorter local races in my area for kids charities.