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Follow Our Progress at Badwater With These Tools

Hi all – I’m Tim’s brother, Doug, and will be on the support crew at Badwater with Greg Hardy and Dan Hartley to help keep Tim hydrated, fed, safe, and on a pace to finish next week.

We’re going to be using some new tools to provide updates on our progress, but I’d be lying if I said I was sure about how this will work since there are no cellphone towers or wifi access in Death Valley. We have set up a new Twitter account – @1averagerunner – and hopefully will be sending some updates through a some satellite-based gadget called SPOT Connect.

So click on the button below to follow Tim on Twitter or, if you just want to watch his feed through your browser you can visit here. His Twitter feed should also update his Facebook page, so if you’re following Tim on Facebook you should be kept up to date. We’re not sure exactly how it’s all going to work but check back to see what we’ve posted here for info.


Thanks!

Pre-Race Thoughts on the Badwater Ultra-Marathon

Courtesy of Frank McKinney’s Facebook page

The Badwater 135 ultra-marathon is now an immediate 25-meter target; traveling and logistics are all working as I type. This race started out first as a Dream Race rather than a goal after I ran four or five shorter ultras in 2007. Then, when I started really studying this sport, Badwater moved itself to my “What if” category, and finally, “Why not” while I was deployed to Afghanistan in 2009.

During that deployment I was reading about the race on the Badwater website and discovered the Arrowhead 135. The two 135-mile events had an affiliation then based on their distance. I was fascinated by the distance these two events covered while traversing through extremely tough environmental conditions. Arrowhead’s deep winter conditions in northern Minnesota in the first week of February on the Arrowhead snowmobile trail, and then running across Death Valley, Calif. during mid-summer conditions starting at Badwater. My dream of someday completing Badwater developed almost immediately into a hard goal of completing the Arrowhead 135 and Badwater 135 in the same racing season.

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