Ep 78: Badwater with Bob Becker
In this week’s episode of Run with Fitpage, we had the honor of speaking with the oldest finisher of Badwater 135, a runner who is 77 years young and an absolute inspiration – Bob Becker. Bob is an ultrarunner, who started endurance sports at nearly 40, and didn’t stop even reaching 77!
Since 2003, Bob Becker has run the Boston Marathon, climbed Mt. Kilimanjaro, raced in the 150-mile Marathon des Sables stage race in the Sahara Desert in Morocco and the 167-mile Grand 2 Grand Ultra stage race in the southwestern U.S. In August 2016, Bob completed the 120-mile TransRockies stage race in Colorado. In addition to two top 50 finishes at “Badwater” and the 2015 “Double”, Bob has completed multiple hundred and fifty-mile races on trails and roads, in the mountains and along the coast, provided crew and pacing support for friends who have run across the entire United States and completed many other adventures while surviving radical prostate cancer surgery in 2006 and recovering from a fractured femur during a race in ‘05. Bob ran his first marathon in 2002 at the age of 57.
In this episode, Vikas discusses with Bob all about this year’s Badwater 135, his struggle while completing the races in extreme heat, and a lot more.
Vikas hosts this weekly podcast and enjoys nerding over-exercise physiology, nutrition, and endurance sport in general. He aims to get people to get out and ‘move’. When he is not working, he is found running, almost always. He can be found on nearly all social media channels but Instagram is preferred:)