Friday, January 23, 2009

Badwater: Looking to Join a Support Crew?

Are you looking to support a runner during the world's toughest foot race, the Badwater Ultramarathon? Great! Not only would you be helping somebody complete the race, but you would learn a lot in the in process and also acquire another important component for any future Badwater application (if it's your goal to compete some day). You can post your availability to do so by making a "comment" below. Please state your name, location, age, running background, and any other relevant information about why you'd be a great support crew member for a Badwater runner. Most importantly, list a method for contacting you. (If you don't, we will reject your post and it will not be published.)


Aaron Zellhoefer said...

My name is Aaron Zellhoefer. I've been a runner for most of my life. Im 34 and currently living in Minneapolis. I would love to help any runner out. Feel free to email me at aaronjzel (at)
I'm looking forward to hearing from you. Thanks, Aaron

Zack Schor said...

Hi Badwater People!

I'm ultramarathoner; I did my first 50-miler last year, I'm planning two more for 2014, and I hope to one day compete in Badwater 135!

In the meantime, I'm looking to volunteer on a support crew for the race this year.

I live in Los Angeles and I'm 28 years old. My email address is:

Thanks a lot!!


Anonymous said...

Hello all,

My name is Andrea, and I would be honored to crew a runner for Badwater 2014!

Details: 27/Female. Marathoner and recent ultramarathoner. Tax consultant in NYC. Certified Personal Trainer. NASM Women's Fitness Specialist. CPR/AED certified. Speak English and conversational Spanish. Incredibly passionate about running. Always looking for the next extreme challenge. Will run Badwater one day!

I understand this race takes serious dedication and commitment for each runner, but also for each crew member. My seemingly infinite positive energy and unwavering dedication will be put towards supporting your race, and I will do anything and everything required to be your best crew member (drive, cook, pace, etc). Not only will I work hard in this capacity but will do so with enthusiasm, encouragement, positivity and excitement! If you're working, I'm working; all day, all night.

I will personally incur the expenses to get to the race and other personal expenses required to crew. Anything that i could help complete pre or post race, I'm on it! Looking forward to the potential opportunity!

Thank you!

Daniel Khalili said...

Hi, my name is Daniel Khalili. I'm 27 years old and I live in Orange County in California. I started running at age 14 on my cross country and track teams in high school. Since then I've run 8 marathons, several olympic tri's, and completed my first 50km just 1 month ago. I'm currently training for a 50 miler.

Although my running background isn't the most impressive, I think I can be a very valuable asset on a crew. I currently work as a Paramedic for an ambulance company in San Bernardino and I'd like to think I'd add a helpful point of view in tough situations. Beyond that, I'm a total team player, very energetic, and would love to learn as much as I can in an event like this.

If you're interested in having me on your crew, you can call me at (714) 612-0394 or email at

Brian said...

My name is Brian Groot and I am already going to be down near Death Valley for this year's race. I was hoping to hook up with someone looking for another crew member so I can be of assistance in completing their goal of finishing Badwater.
I have run over 50 marathons and ultras including a couple 6 hours, 3 50 milers, and 1 Hundred mile race. I am running Boston for the 2nd time this spring and will be doing my second 100 mile run a few weeks after Badwater.
I will be in Carson City, NV the week before the race and am not exactly sure how I am going to travel around after that. I am planning to fly home (near London, Ontario) out of Vegas after the race.
Added expertise I have aside from lots of running is that I'm a hot yoga teacher, although any type of yoga would be hot in Death Valley. I hope I can be a part of someone's team as I hope to run this race in a couple years.
I can be contacted best through email at
You can also try to call or text me at 226-456-7861.
Brian Groot, London, ON

Unknown said...

Hi there! My fiance and I would love to help support a runner during this event! We both currently live in Riverside, CA and we have both completed marathons. I am beginning to train for ultramarathon events. What better way to learn how to tackle these events than to get up close and watch how the pros do it in the most grueling race on the planet? We both enjoy being part of a team and we would be really excited to join a team to help get our runner across the finish line.

I can be reached at

Thanks for reading!


Anonymous said...

Hi, JohnShull here - would to help crew for the 2014 (or any) Badwater.

I'm a long time runner, 40 years or so, 62 yrs young , have run a marathon on every continent, done some unofficial ultra distances with a rucksack over varied terrain.

I'm semi retired now and just travel to run. Hope to make the stop in DV in Jul. I will there in Dec for trail marathon

I have a variety of skills from my time on this planet ranging from combat medical, to navigation to survival.

Please contact me at 571-228-7569 or

Run long run strong and never ever give in

uncleorchid said...


I'm looking for an opportunity to help crew an awesome ultra-athlete in the 2014 Badwater 135. 38 years old, male, a pisces, live in Utah, and I enjoy long runs in the mountains. I will be the waterboy, field medic, vomit-beard cleaner, whatever. I just want to be a part of the experience, and will happily do whatever it takes to get there.

Ultrarunning plays a significant role in my life--it's how I meditate and connect with my spirit and the world around me. I've completed a number of 100-mile and shorter trail races, and I fully understand the mental and physical demands and limitations athletes encounter during such events (having experienced many of them myself). I've spent many years living in the arid Utah and Arizona climates, so I can handle the heat. I should
also mention that I have an insatiable desire to compete in Badwater 135.

Why I'd be useful to have as a crew member:

Experienced ultra athlete
I'll bring humor to the team
Analytical (scientist during the day)
I have 7 kids, so I can handle stress (you read that right, 7 kids at 38 years old. I know.)
First aid skills
Eagle Scout (good with my hands)

I can make myself available for any crewing opportunity that arises. Seriously. Just let me know and I will be there.

Carrier hawk: I'm in the yellow house just below Francis Peak

Rock on,


Tomasz said...

Hello everybody participating in Badwater 135.
My name is Tomasz Kochanowicz. I'm an avid runner. I'm an experienced marathoner and ultramarathoner as well. I complited numerous racers raging from 5k till 100k. I would love to be a crew member for one of you guys in need of dedicated pacer and crew member. I live in Fayetteville,NC and I serve in US Army. I'm 40 yrs old.
My email address is :
Thank you!


Anonymous said...

Hi everyone,

My name is Dan, I'm an expedition medic. I have 10 years of patient care experience including 3 seasons of expedition experience. Im an avid hiker, backpacker, and mountaineer. Raced in numerous Oly distance triathlons. I'm also currently working with the Inyo County Search and Rescue crew.

If you're looking to add a medical volunteer to your support crew please contact me at


Anonymous said...

Name: Jake Williams
Age: 22
Running Experience: 7 Marathons (Boston Qualified), 1 50k, 1 100k, 1 100 Miler

Notes: US Military Member in Annapolis, Maryland

I am looking to learn and help out in anyway I can!