Nathan Longcrier, a 1991 graduate of Tehachapi High School, has been invited to run in the 37th annual Badwater 135 Ultra Marathon on July 21 through 23. Recognized globally as the "World's Toughest Footrace," Longcrier is one of the 100 athletes who have been invited to participate in the legendary event which pits some of the toughest runner, triathletes, adventure racers and mountaineers against each other as well as the grueling elements of the 135 mile terrain.
Longcrier, who has earned a master of science degree in physical therapy and sports rehabilitation, now works as a certified athletic trainer for the Student Health & Counseling Center at the California State University in Fullerton.
"I am raising money for the 100 Mile Club," said Longcrier of the upcoming event.
"Badwater 135 has been a dream of mine, or should I say, an obsession since 2004," he said. "I literally read or talk about the race daily. This race challenges athletes like no other race does, and I want to test my limits."
Longcrier admits he is also driven by another motive.
"Childhood inactivity and obesity are at an all-time high, and affects one out of every six kids in the United States," said Longcrier. "To make matters worse, only eight percent of elementary school students have daily P.E. at school.
"I want to show the kids of the 100 mile club that anything is possible when you have a goal and determination," he said.
According to Loncrier, the 100 Mile Club is a non-profit organization that provides the opportunity to run or walk 100 miles at school during a single school year.
"This program motivates kids to become more active, creates a team environment and sets a goal for the kids to strive for.
"I am asking for your donations to help reach my goal of $5,000. Any donation amount will help. Each $10 donated will support one kid in the program for a year. My goal is to be able to help 500 kids.
Badwater 135 is hosted each July by AdventureCORPS, Inc. The race covers 135 miles, and participants run it non-stop, finishing at the end of the road on Mt. Whitney.
"It is the most demanding and extreme running race offered anywhere on the planet," said Longcrier.
This year, the World Championship track event promises to be new and improved, and will feature over 19,000 feet of elevation gain, two dramatic ascents into the Sierra Nevada, and a 15-mile dirt road trek to an authentic ghost town with temperatures reaching 120 degrees.
Individuals interested in assisting Nathan Longcrier's quest as an extreme athlete can contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org.