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WSYR’s Bob Lonsberry Talks Badwater with OneAverageRunner

Two days after the 2012 Badwater 135 Ultra, Tim Hardy looks out over the valley from the roadside on the way up to Whitney Portal. Click here to see more from the race. (Doug Hardy photo)

We’re all back from Death Valley and are busy again with our jobs and families, but the memory of 135 miles from Badwater Basin to Whitney Portal are still fresh. We’ll have more to say as we catch up on work and such, but OneAverageRunner Tim Hardy was on the radio in the Syracuse region today for an interview with marathoner/radio host Bob Lonsberry of WSYR.

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Badwater 135 – A Journey In Pictures

Team Hardy holds the flag and a newly earned Badwater 135 belt buckle shortly after finishing the race at Whitney Portal, elev. 8,371 feet, in 36:08:37. (Photo by Sarah Davidson / Military Times-PT365 blog)

Check out @1AverageRunner’s complete Badwater journey in pictures by clicking here, and feel free to come back and leave us a comment.

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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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