"Congratulations! You have been accepted to compete in the 2010 Badwater Ultramarathon, presented by AdventureCORPS, Inc. You are part of a select group who will participate in what is recognized across the globe as 'the world's toughest footrace'."
Saturday, February 20, 2010
"Some say opportunity knocks only once. That is not true. Opportunity knocks all the time, but you have to be ready for it. If the chance comes, you must have the equipment to take advantage of it." - Louis L'Amour
Participating in the Badwater Ultramarathon in 2009 was an experience of a lifetime, one that I approached as if it were a one-shot deal. Sure, I left Death Valley last July with firm intentions of reapplying to Badwater in 2010, but there are no guarantees. In fact, no applicant is guaranteed entry, including race veterans. There are simply so many highly qualified applicants with unbelievable and extensive experience in ultra endurance sports.
For most, second chances are few and far between. At 10:31 PM on Thursday, February 18, I was blessed to have been given one when I received the following e-mail from the Badwater Race Office:
I am tremendously excited to have been given the opportunity to once again participate in the Badwater Ultramarathon, and intend to treat the opportunity with the respect that it rightfully deserves. It is also an honor to once again raise funds in support of the Challenged Athletes Foundation. Established in 1997, CAF is a unique organization that recognizes the athletic greatness inherent in all people with physical challenges and supports their athletic endeavors by providing grants for training, competition and equipment needs. CAF is an amazing charitable organization, and I encourage you to consider supporting their exceptional cause. In fact, you can go to MY PERSONAL CAF FUNDRAISING SITE and donate there. Any donation, great or small, is equally appreciated.
Congratulations to all of the runners selected to participate in the 2010 Badwater Ultramarathon, especially one of my best friends and 3rd place finisher at the Brazil 135 Mile Ultramarathon, Brian Krogmann, as well as a host of great people that I shared the Brazil experience with - Ray Sanchez, Connie Dockendorf, Ken Posner, Dan Marinsik and Brian Recore.
Time to hit the sauna.