Helping Kids Make Good Choices
Recently the ran the Bandit 50km trail race which is ran along the rocky, hard scrambling trails in the Santa Susana mountains above Simi Valley, California. The course was quite challenging with steeps climbs and descents, attracting all levels of trail runners, including the very elite. The rocky course demanded your full concentration, scrapes and falls, ankle sprains are common on the rocky course, earning you're "badge of honor". I tripped once, lucky for me it was on soft dirt, no damage done. Temperturein the mid 80's making it warm for a trail race in February. My goal was to finish in 6 hours, not close that day, finished in 8hours, 3rd in my age div. You meet very amazing trail runners and they inspire you, despite not having your best race, you give it your best, you hang tough, suck it up and embrace the finish line. I love this sport!
Last year's Badwater 2016 unfortunately was not successful for me having to stop with severe stomach issues at 77 miles. Having been selected once to run Badwater 135 this July 10th 2017 and being fully determined and motivated to successfully reach the finish! 'Billed as the 'World's Toughest Foot Race', Badwater starts at the Badwater basin 280 feet below sea level, covering three mountain ranges, running through Death Valley National Park, one of the hottest environments on earth, temperatures reaching over 115 degrees. 100 pre-selected athletes from 24 countries and 23 states competing against one another among the harsh elements; sleep deprivation, blasting sand storms, blisters, nausea, having 48 hours to complete 135 miles earning the 'coveted' Badwater belt buckle and the earning 'Badge of Honor and Respect. Badwater finishes at the Mt Whitney trail head at 8,100 feet. This will be my 15th Badwater. The training and preparation is great. Each runner has their own support crew team and vehicle. From my previous experiences as an ultra marathoner, Western States, Angeles Crest 100, numerous multi-day races, including trans European runs and running across America, Badwater for me is the most intense race of it's kind that I have competed in with the 'tight' 48 hour time limit and extreme conditions. I will summit Mt Whitney at 14, 492 feet the following day. Thank you all for your wonderful support! Striding on, John 'JR' Radich
Striding on, John Radich
Note: I have run numerous ultra marathons across America and overseas, including running across America and Europe, Badwater is one of the most intense, grueling races that I have run-- without question! JR
I hung on (despite practically being wind blasted off the trail!) with a time of 6hrs 42 mins. 2nd place age div.