In a little over a week (6:00am PST, July 16) the start gun goes off for my Death Valley Badwater 135-mile Ultramarathon.
By 6:00am PST, July 18 I hope to become only the 15 person in history to finish this grueling test of human will 7 or more times.
I have a contest/challenge for you, with the winner and a guest being invited to have lunch with me in my oceanfront Treehouse Office in Florida:***
Assuming I am blessed with a 7th finish, how long do you think it will take me to finish the Death Valley race?
To help you formulate your guess:
1) The time limit to finish the race is 48 hours. After that, I am disqualified.
2) My best time is 40 hours 20 minutes 50 seconds. My worst time is 48 hours 49 minutes and 20 seconds (cut off was 60 hours).
The person with the guess closest to my actual finish time will receive an invitation to have lunch with me in my oceanfront Treehouse Office. You may bring a friend. You may email me with you guess, or post it on my FaceBook or Twitter.
My Treehouse Office has a spectacular oceanview out of 12 windows. It also has a shower, bathroom, sink, air-conditioning, hardwood floors, cedar walls, a bamboo desk, loft with a king size bed and a flat screen TV, and a suspension bridge that connects to the master bedroom of the main house - all in 220 square feet!
I choose to "selectively suffering a little for those who are suffering a lot in Haiti," where our Caring House Project Foundation will complete its 18th self-sufficient village. I am running the Death Valley race to raise money for our Caring House Project Foundation.
If you are so moved, I, and those who benefit from CHPF, would sincerely appreciate a $1 per-mile donation or other amount in support of my Death Valley effort. This is our Caring House Project Foundation's primary fund-raiser for 2012. $1 per mile, or $135, will buy 1,350 meals in Haiti!
*** For each $135 donation you make, your finish time guess will be moved closer to my actual finish time by 1 minute. Example: Actual finish time is 47 hours, 59 minutes and 30 seconds. Your guess was 47 hours, 57 minutes and 30 seconds. You donate $135. Your guess would be moved up to 47 hours, 58 minutes and 30 seconds, putting you within 1 minute of my actual finish time! Should you donate $270 your guess will be moved closer by 2 minutes, donate $1,350 and it's moved closer by 10 minutes, and so on.
The Badwater 135-mile Ultramarathon, established in 1987, is an invitation-only race held during Death Valley's hottest time of the year. This year, 99 runners have been invited from 20 countries. The race is so challenging, that typically 25% of these ultra-athletes will not finish the race.
Badwater starts at 282 feet below sea level, the lowest point in the Western Hemisphere. Air temperatures are 130+ degrees, while ground temps on the blacktop road are 200+ degrees. The course traverses 135 NON-STOP miles through the Mojave, up then back down three mountain ranges (46 total uphill miles), and finishes nearly 8,500 feet above sea level. There are no aid stations.
Below are 3 donation options. If you would prefer not to donate online, you can mail your donation to Caring House Project Foundation, P.O. Box 388 Boynton Beach, FL 33425. Or call Nilsa at 561.722.3950 and make your donation over the phone. You can also give your finish time guess over the phone.
Donate $1 for every mile of my 2012 Death Valley race, or $135. I ask that you help those who can't help themselves. Please consider more than "1" in the quantity box if donating online. For every $135 you donate you will provide 1,350 meals for the most desperately poor and homeless in Haiti.
Donate $10 for every mile, or $1,350. Should you choose this option you will have built 1/2 of a concrete home in Haiti. Talk about "ROD" - Return On Donation!
Donate $30 for every mile, or $4,050. This donation will have a huge impact in Haiti. You will have built one brand new concrete home for a family of 8 who were living in a mud or cardboard shack. Your home will have 2 rooms, kitchen, front porch and bathroom. PLUS you will provide 13,500 meals! The ultimate donation for the ultimate race!
To see a short, brand new YouTube video showing what Caring House Project Foundation is doing in Haiti click here: http://youtu.be/7fY4nFM8dvg.
To read more about what I endure at Badwater, my last year's race summary will give you a pretty good idea. Visit http://www.frank-mckinney.com/blog.asp?article=240 to experience Badwater for yourself!
Be sure to submit you guess for my finish time for a chance to have lunch in my oceanfront Treehouse Office! Move your guess closer to my actual finish time by donating $135!
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