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Aug 18, 2019

Matt Dixon interviews long-time Purple Patch athlete, Tim Deer, about his recent experience completing the Badwater 135 ultra-endurance race from Death Valley to Mt. Whitney. The Badwater 135 is billed as the most demanding and extreme running race offered anywhere on the planet.

The start line is at Badwater Basin, Death Valley, which marks the lowest elevation in North America at 280’ below sea level. The race finishes at the Whitney Portal at 8,300’, the highest point in the contiguous United States.

In just over 36 hours, Tim covered three mountain ranges for a total of 14,600’ of cumulative vertical ascent!

Tim isn’t just an accomplished athlete, but also a dedicated husband and father of three children. He’s also a physician, and president and chief executive officer of The Spine & Nerve Centers in Charleston, West Virginia.

Not only do he and Matt go into the nitty-gritty of the training and racing, but they also speak globally about the importance of health, fitness, goal-setting, and having a trusting support system.

He also draws on the many parallels between racing and being a doctor -focusing on a plan, keeping calm under pressure, not being afraid to deviate when necessary.

You may not have the desire to race an event like Badwater, but it is our hope that you will be inspired to take positive action in your life, just like Tim Deer - the epitome of someone who is reaching their human potential via their athletic potential.


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