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Bay Area, Strategy Manager, Haas- U. C. Berkeley, Marathons

Thursday, June 22, 2006

The Indian in Badwater

For the first time, an Indian has gained entry into the toughest foot race on earth, the Badwater Ultramarathon. See Wikipedia article here. Congratulations and good luck to Nattu Natraj. It is great to see the Indian flag in the roster.

The Badwater marathon is 135 miles of hell in 140F temperatures. From Death Valley to Mt. Whitney. It gets so hot that shoes melt on asphalt. Therefore, the runners often seek solace on the white strips on the side of the road, where it is relatively less hot. People take anywhere from 24.x (Scott Jurek) to 58 hours to finish the brutal race. The runners have to be equipped with their own crews for support. The runners have to wear special outfits to fight the heat. They are constantly doused with water and ice to keep their core temperatures cool.

More pictures here. Way to go Nattu. Keep the flag flying! Best of luck and make us proud.

5 Comments:

Anonymous Pratyush said...

Great that you have highlighted this..

10:39 AM  
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7:17 PM  
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5:03 PM  
Anonymous edmund said...

I can't imagine how hard it is to stand such marathon. 135 miles with 140 Fahrenheit of heat is just a hell like you said. However, congrats to Nattu Natraj. You did great job.

8:05 PM  
Anonymous Charles said...

Great information! I was very surprised to see for the first time, an Indian has gained entry into the toughest foot race on earth. That's something that is very plume. I want to say congratulations and good luck to Nattu Natraj. It is great to see the Indian flag in the roster.

9:25 PM  

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