Episode 64 – Smith Batchen, Perkins, Almeida, Rasmussen

 

 

Ep64

 

This is episode 64 of Talk Ultra and on this weeks show we speak with one of the Queens of ultra running, Lisa Smith Batchen. Mark Perkins talks about his win and course record at SDW100 and Ricardo Almeida gives us a minimalist perspective of running Comrades. We speak with Claus Rasmussen in about transitioning to minimalist and barefoot running. The News, a Blog, Talk Training, Up & Coming Races and Speedgoat.

NEWS
 
Zugspitz Ultratrail
 
  1. Stephan Hugenschmidt 10:36:50
  2. Cris Clemente 11:14:39
  3. Dan Doherty 11:30:26
  1. Anne-Marie Flammersfield 13:53:21
  2. Helene Ogi 15:19:27
  3. Elena Polyakova 15:51:22
 
South Downs Way 100 – Miles
 
  1. Mark Perkins14:03:54
  2. Richard La Cock 15:11:28
  3. David Ross 15:58:54
 
INTERVIEW with race winner Mark Perkins
 
  1. Sharon Law 18:51:03
  2. Karen Hathaway 20:11:11
  3. Emily Gelder 20:11:15
 
West Highland Way Race 95 – miles
 
  1. Paul Giblin 14:20:11
  2. Robbie Britton 14:47:48
  3. Matt Williamson 16:05:07
  1. Fiona Ross 18:54:04
  2. Rosie Bell 19:02:19
  3. Keziah Higgins
 
Bighorn 100
 
  1. Luke Nelson 19:10:15
  2. Patrick McGlade 19:39:03
  3. Benjamin Bucklin 20:34:20
  1. Missy Gosney 24:30:40
  2. Gwen Scott 25:54:38
  3. Jamie Fink 26:05:05
 
Race the Sun – Asics Team ran the the UTMB route from dawn and they had to compile the route before sunset. They did it 15:41:35. They raced in relay against a team called Team Enduro. Article in the Guardian HERE
 
Steve Birkinshaw completes the Wainrights – 511km with 214 peaks (36,000m of vertical) – 6 days and 13 hours. Information HERE
 
Western States – going to be exciting! Race preview HERE
 
Skyrunning World Championships – VK, SKY and ULTRA. Race preview HERE
 
Lavaredo to take place with Anton Krupicka and Rory Bosio
 
We have the first race on the Skyrunning UK calendar, the V3K over the Welsh 3000’s – good luck everyone!
 
Contribute to Talk Ultra – HERE
 
BLOG
 
New website and blog – http://www.antonkrupicka.com/blog/
INTERVIEW
Ricardo Almeida gives us a minimalist viewpoint on running Comrades
MELTZER MOMENT with Speedgoat 
 
 
INTERVIEW
 
Lisa Smith-Batchen is a queen of ultra running. An inspiring lady who has achieved so much to benefit others. On July 1st, Lisa will attempt Badwater 135 4-times, back-to-back with 2-ascents of Mt Whitney. HERE
TALK TRAINING with Marc Laithwaite
INTERVIEW
Claus Rasmussen gives us an insightful talk on barefoot/ minimalist running and how to transition, adapt and progress in a safe and manageable way if this is something you would like to try. In addition, he tells us about a future challenge… website HERE
 
UP & COMING RACES
 

Andorra

Ronda dels Cims | 170 kilometers | July 11, 2014 | website

Ultra iniciàtic | 103 kilometers | July 11, 2014 | website

Ultra mític | 112 kilometers | July 11, 2014 | website

Australia

Queensland

3 Marathons in 3 Days | 126 kilometers | July 11, 2014 | website

The Big Red Run | 250 kilometers | July 02, 2014 | website

Austria

Traunsee Bergmarathon | 70 kilometers | July 05, 2014 | website

Veitscher Grenzstaffellauf | 54 kilometers | June 28, 2014 | website

Belgium

Canada

Alberta

The Sinister 7 | 146 kilometers | July 05, 2014 | website

British Columbia

Scorched Sole Ultra 100 km | 100 kilometers | June 28, 2014 | website

Scorched Sole Ultra 50 km | 50 kilometers | June 28, 2014 | website

Scorched Sole Ultra 50 Miles | 50 miles | June 28, 2014 | website

Nunavut

Northwest Passage Ultramarathon | 50 kilometers | July 07, 2014 | website

Northwest Passage Ultra Marathon | 55 kilometers | July 09, 2014 | website

Ontario

Creemore Vertical Challenge 50K | 50 kilometers | July 05, 2014 | website

Quebec

The Ultimatexc – 50 km | 50 kilometers | June 28, 2014 | website

France

Ardennes

Ardennes Méga Trail | 93 kilometers | June 28, 2014 | website

Le Roc La Tour | 54 kilometers | June 28, 2014 | website

Aube

Team Trail Intermarché | 180 kilometers | June 27, 2014 | website

Haute-Corse

Ultra Trail di Corsica | 105 kilometers | July 11, 2014 | website

Haute-Garonne

Trail du Crabère – L’Ours | 72 kilometers | July 05, 2014 | website

Hautes-Alpes

Grand Raid du Queyras | 132 kilometers | June 28, 2014 | website

Raid du Queyras | 58 kilometers | June 28, 2014 | website

UltraChampsaur | 72 kilometers | July 06, 2014 | website

Haute-Savoie

80km du Mont-Blanc | 80 kilometers | June 27, 2014 | website

La Montagn’hard 100 | 103 kilometers | July 05, 2014 | website

La Montagn’hard – 60 | 60 kilometers | July 05, 2014 | website

Isère

Trail du Grand Duc | 86 kilometers | June 29, 2014 | website

Morbihan

Grand Raid 56 Golfe du Morbihan | 177 kilometers | June 27, 2014 | website

Raid 56 Golfe du Morbihan | 86 kilometers | June 28, 2014 | website

Trail 56 Golfe du Morbihan | 56 kilometers | June 28, 2014 | website

Nièvre

Morvan Oxygène Trail | 61 kilometers | July 05, 2014 | website

Pyrénées-Orientales

Ultra trail du CANIGÓ | 84 kilometers | June 28, 2014 | website

Savoie

L’Etoile Savoyarde | 352 kilometers | July 07, 2014 | website

Tour des Glaciers de la Vanoise | 72 kilometers | July 06, 2014 | website

Seine-Maritime

Trail Nocturne du Raid Normand | 55 kilometers | June 28, 2014 | website

Germany

Thuringia

Thüringen ULTRA | 100 kilometers | July 05, 2014 | website

Greece

Olympus Mythical Trail | 104 kilometers | July 05, 2014 | website

India

The Himalayan Crossing | 360 kilometers | July 08, 2014 | website

The SPITI | 126 kilometers | July 11, 2014 | website

Italy

Trentino-Alto Adige/Südtirol

Südtirol Ultra Skyrace – 121 km | 121 kilometers | July 04, 2014 | website

Südtirol Ultra Skyrace – 66 km | 66 kilometers | July 04, 2014 | website

Tuscany

Pistoia-Abetone Ultramarathon | 50 kilometers | June 29, 2014 | website

Veneto

Lavaredo Ultra Trail | 118 kilometers | June 27, 2014 | website

Japan

Lake Saroma 100k Ultramarathon | 100 kilometers | June 29, 2014 | website

Lake Saroma 50k Ultramarathon | 50 kilometers | June 29, 2014 | website

Norway

Hornindal Rundt 75 km | 75 kilometers | July 05, 2014 | website

Poland

Transjura Basic | 165 kilometers | July 04, 2014 | website

Transjura Hard | 195 kilometers | July 04, 2014 | website

Transjura Middle | 100 kilometers | July 04, 2014 | website

Portugal

Ultra Trail Serra da Freita | 70 kilometers | June 28, 2014 | website

Réunion

Grand Raid 97.4 | 100 kilometers | June 28, 2014 | website

Romania

Transylvania Trail Crossing 100K | 100 kilometers | June 28, 2014 | website

Transylvania Trail Crossing 2-Day Stage Race | 100 kilometers | June 27, 2014 | website

Transylvania Trail Crossing 50K | 50 kilometers | June 28, 2014 | website

South Africa

Washie 100 | 100 miles | July 11, 2014 | website

Spain

Andalusia

Al Andalus Ultimate Trail | 230 kilometers | July 07, 2014 | website

Aragon

Ultra Trail Sobrarde “Peña Montañesa” | 65 kilometers | June 28, 2014 | website

Basque Country

Ehunmilak | 168 kilometers | July 11, 2014 | website

G2handiak | 88 kilometers | July 11, 2014 | website

Castile and León

Ultramarathon Atapuerca Aranda de Duero | 160 kilometers | June 28, 2014 | website

Madrid

Gran Trail Peñalara | 110 kilometers | June 27, 2014 | website

Gran Trail Peñalara 60km | 60 kilometers | June 27, 2014 | website

Gran Trail Peñalara 80km | 80 kilometers | June 28, 2014 | website

Oxfam Intermón Spain – Madrid | 100 kilometers | July 05, 2014 | website

Sweden

Lapland Ultra | 100 kilometers | June 27, 2014 | website

Swedish Alpine Ultra | 107 kilometers | July 05, 2014 | website

Switzerland

Neuchâtel

Swiss Jura Nature Trail – 100 km | 175 kilometers | July 06, 2014 | website

Swiss Jura Nature Trail – 350 km | 350 kilometers | July 06, 2014 | website

United Kingdom

County Borough of Conwy

V3K Ultra Extreme | 89 kilometers | June 28, 2014 | website

V3K Ultra Marathon | 53 kilometers | June 28, 2014 | website

Cumbria

10 Peaks The Lakes – Long Course | 73 kilometers | June 28, 2014 | website

10 Peaks The Lakes – Xtreme | 100 kilometers | June 28, 2014 | website

Greater London

Grand Union Challenge 100K | 100 kilometers | June 28, 2014 | website

Grand Union Challenge 50K | 50 kilometers | June 28, 2014 | website

Highland

Great Glen Ultra | 72 miles | July 05, 2014 | website

Sefton

Tour of Merseyside | 52 miles | July 06, 2014 | website

USA

California

Ragnar Trail Tahoe | 136 miles | July 11, 2014 | website

Rancho Canada del Oro and Calero Park 50K | 50 kilometers | July 05, 2014 | website

Western States Endurance Run | 100 miles | June 28, 2014 | website

Colorado

Hardrock 100 Endurance Run | 100 miles | July 11, 2014 | website

North Fork 50K Trail Race | 50 kilometers | June 28, 2014 | website

North Fork 50 Mile Trail Race | 50 miles | June 28, 2014 | website

Silverton Double Dirty 30 | 100 kilometers | June 28, 2014 | website

Minnesota

Afton Trail Run 50K | 50 kilometers | July 05, 2014 | website

New York

Finger Lakes Fifties 50 K | 50 kilometers | July 05, 2014 | website

Finger Lakes Fifties 50 Miles | 50 miles | July 05, 2014 | website

North Carolina

Dusk to Dawn 50 Miler | 50 miles | June 28, 2014 | website

Ohio

Blue Blazes Ultra | 172 kilometers | July 10, 2014 | website

Oklahoma

Midnight Madness | 50 miles | July 04, 2014 | website

South Dakota

Black Hills 100 | 100 miles | June 28, 2014 | website

Black Hills 100k | 100 kilometers | June 28, 2014 | website

Black Hills 50M | 50 miles | June 28, 2014 | website

Texas

Pedernales Falls – 60km | 60 kilometers | June 28, 2014 | website

Utah

Moab’s Alpine to Slickrock | 50 miles | July 05, 2014 | website

Ragnar Relay Wasatch Back | 192 miles | June 27, 2014 | website

Washington

Taylor Mountain 50K Trail Run | 50 kilometers | June 28, 2014 | website

Wyoming

Happy Jack Endurance Races 100 Mile | 100 miles | June 28, 2014 | website

LISA SMITH-BATCHEN ATTEMPTS FOUR BADWATER ULTRAMARATHONS BACK-TO-BACK

Lisa Smith Batchen

LISA SMITH-BATCHEN ATTEMPTS FOUR BADWATER ULTRAMARATHONS BACK- TO- BACK TO BENEFIT CLEAN WATER FOR ORPHANS IN THIRD WORLD COUNTRIES

I have just had the pleasure to interview Lisa Smith-Batchen, a 53-year old ultrarunner and elite endurance athlete. She is the adoptive mother of two little girls, Annie and Gabby. They are the light and her motivation. Her husband, Jay, is her strength. She lives in a working class mountain community in Victor, Idaho. Together, they own a small running store and fitness center called Dreamchasers Outdoor Adventures. In many ways, Lisa and her family lead a perfectly ordinary life, but running has allowed Lisa the opportunity to do some extraordinary things and see some extraordinary places.

I am completely blown away by what may well be one of the most inspiring interviews we will ever have on Talk Ultra.

To put this in perspective, Lisa, in just 2-weeks time will run Badwater 135 4-times back-to-back and summit Mt Whitney twice.

Be inspired! I am.

Press Release: ©http://www.badwater4goodwater.com

Lisa Smith-Batchen, owner of Dreamchasers,, will try to become the first female ultramarathoner in the world to cross the famed Badwater Ultramarathon course four times back-to-back. The traditional Badwater Ultramarathon is 135 miles.  In addition to running the grueling 135 course four times back-to-back,  Lisa will also summit Mt. Whitney twice. Lisa’s epic quest is to raise awareness and donations for the “Bad Water 4 Good Water” project through her Dreamchaser Foundation non-profit.

Lisa, considered one of the world’s foremost endurance athletes, has previously completed the official Badwater Ultramarathon nine times in her illustrious career and has won the race twice. Smith-Batchen’s back-to-back ultramarathons, plus the two Mr. Whitney summits, will turn her quest into a 584 mile journey.

The Badwater Ultramarathon is considered “the world’s toughest foot race,” a course starting at 282 feet below sea level in the Badwater Basin in California’s Death Valley National Park, ending at the 8,360 feet Mt. Whitney Portals. Lisa will then continue to summit Mt. Whitney, the highest point in the Continental United Sates at 14,876 feet, on two separate occasions during the expedition. Smith-Batchen will start on July 1st when the weather conditions are most extreme and temperatures often climb to 130 degrees.

While this undoubtedly is the most monumental challenge Lisa has undertaken to date, she is also known in running circles throughout the world for her 2010 “Running Hope through America,” when she completed a 2,500 mile run through America, running 50 miles in all 50 US states, in two months raising money for orphans in the U.S. and around the world.  Lisa is asked by many how she garners the strength to undertake such challenges and her response is always the same, quoting Helen Keller, “Alone we can do so little, together we can do so much.”

The donations raised thru Lisa’s Badwater challenge are earmarked specifically for the “Badwater 4 Good Water” project.  According to the (WHO) World Health Organization, currently a billion people lack access to safe drinking water and 2.6 billion lack access to basic sanitation. The WHO also reports that the contaminated and infectious agents, the bacteria that causes diarrhea, account for 4.1% of the global disease burden killing 1.8 million children a year. “Access to clean water is a basic human right and we all need to help; there is no contribution too small, even a $1 donation makes a difference,” said Smith-Batchen.

Lisa is the owner of Dreamchasers which promotes and organizes running events and running retreats in the Teton Range and around the world.  Races include the Marathon Des Sables, Jackson Hole Marathon, Yellowstone-Teton Endurance Runs and the Tucson Marathon Events.  Additionally, she provides on-line coaching for runners of all levels.

www.Badwater4GoodWater.com

www.DreamchaserEvents.com.

For details on sponsoring the run, please contact Lisa: lisa@dreamchaserevents.com

Lisa Smith-Batchen results ©wikipedia

  • Competed in 9 Badwater Ultramarathons (Death Valley to Mt. Whitney, CA): Was the 1st woman twice – 1997 (3rd overall) & 1998 (4th overall).
  • 2 Marathon des Sables Ultramarathons (Moroccan Sahara): 1999 First and only American female to win the event in its 18 year history.
  • 2008 Rocky Racoon 50 Mile: 10:16
  • 2008 Florida Keys 50 Mile: 9 hours
  • 2008 306 Miles: 1st person to ever run from Las Vegas to Mt. Whitney. Raised $590,000 for AIDS Orphans Rising.
  • 2008 Badwater 135 Mile Ultramarathon for the 9th time.
  • 2008 Ironman AZ
  • 2007 Desert Springs 50 mile: 14th Female. 12:08:39
  • 2007 Ironman AZ: 12:54:30.
  • 2006 Completing the Badwater double has been one of the greatest highlights of my athletic carrier but also as wife, mother, coach and mentor. The gifts that God shared and showed me along the way are the greatest for me to this day!
  • 2006 Grasslands 50 mile: 1st Female. 8:40:30.
  • 2005 Bishop 50k: 2nd Female. 6:04:25.
  • 2004 Squaw Peak 50: 12:46.
  • 2003 Grand Slam of Ultrarunning Finisher: 1st Female; 7th Overall.
  • 2003 Wasatch Front 100 Mile Endurance Run: 4th Female. 30:39:43.
  • 2003 Western States 100: 19th Female; 133rd Overall. 26:30:54.
  • 2003 Vermont 100: 23rd Female; 144th Overall. 24:15:15.
  • 2003 Squaw Peak 50: Won the husband and wife award. 11:17.
  • 2002 Old Dominion Memorial (VA): 1st Female; 4th Overall. PR: 20:34:30.
  • 2002 Leadville Trail 100. 10th Female; 74th Overall. 26:56:58.
  • 2002 Umstead 50 (NC): 1st Female.
  • 2002 HURT 100k: 34:53:00.
  • 2001 JFK 50. 128th Overall, 10th Female; 128th Overall. 8:52:27
  • 2000 GNC National Championship (Pittsburgh) 100k, 1st Team; 1st 30-39; 7th Female. PR: 9:50
  • 1999 Team USA World 100K Championship (France).
  • 1998 Long Island 50 Mile Endurance Run: 1st Female; 2nd Overall. 6:42
  • 1997 Himalayan 100 Mile Stage Race (India): 2nd Female. 18:50:03
  • 2 Vermont 100s: PR: 1997. 2nd Female; 12th Overall. 18:26
  • 1997 Old Dominion Endurance Run (VA): 2nd Female; 8th Overall. 19:07:52
  • 5 Hawaiian Ironman Championships: PR: 10:33:27
  • World Duathlon Championship
  • 3 Eco-Challenge Multi-Sport Adventure Races
  • 2 Raid Galoises Multi-Sport Adventure Races
  • 2 ESPN X-Games Multi-Sport Adventure Races
  • 1 Four Winds Multi-Sport Adventure Race
  • 35 Ultramarathons (50 miles or more): Including: Western States 100, Leadville Trail 100, Wasatch 100, Vermont 100, HURT 100K, Rocky Raccoon 100, Squaw Peak 50. • 100 Mile PR: 18:26 / 50 Mile PR: 6:42 • Over 90 Marathons PR: 2:48:52. Half marathon PR: 1:23. 10k PR: 36:01.