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Rochelle Frazeur’s 2011 Badwater Adventure – Endurance Buzz Podcast

“I saw these on the side of the road, they were these huge manes…these Lions…and their paws were crossed…and they had their heads in between…there was a whole row of them…” – Rochelle talking with crew on the final climb at Badwater

TALON ultra athlete Rochelle Frazeur crossed the finish line at Mount Whitney Portal to complete the 135 mile extreme endurance event that is simply known as Badwater (TALON Results Summary). Rochelle not only finished Badwater but was the first TALON (TX, AR, LA, OK, NM) athlete to run through the white finish banner.

Rochelle was gracious in sitting down with me and my mic (gasp!) to enjoy a little Q&A about her running background, Badwater prep and the race experience, and she also shares an ultra running goal that may require you to put your lower jaw back in its socket. Too cool! It is said very casually so pay attention.

Rochelle (middle) and crew sportin’ their Don’t Mess with Texas hats.

A few things seem apparent when talking with Rochelle:

  • She loves to run.
  • She takes event preparation very seriously.
  • Has a large tool box of ultra knowledge.
  • Is able to go ultra, yet keep a life balance. Did you hear her children?
  • Sets her goals high and takes incremental steps to go after them.
  • Has a competitive fire underneath that smile.

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Race Photos

Here is a collection of great race photos taken by Rochelle’s crew.

The team with Death Valley in the background.

8AM wave. Rochelle positioned third from the left (pink hat).

Lauren and Kristi keepin’ Rochelle cool while on the move. (during the first 17 miles)

Wind and dirt swirling in the background. Peter workin’ the sprayer.

The crew workin’ it! – Ice, Spray down, and New Bottle

Nighttime approaching.

Heading down from Darwin (mile 90) with Peter pacing.

On the way into Lone Pine (mile 122) with the Brazilian Team providing some inspirational support. Marcos Farin (left) won BW in 2009 but had to drop due to injury this year.

Lauren providing support at the base of the Mount Whitney climb. To the finish!

The Finish with crew right behind!

The Badwater buckle! (with RD, Chris Kostman)

Websites mentioned in the interview:

Special thanks again to Rochelle for sharing with the Endurance Buzz community.

Be active – Feel the buzz!

David –

[Podcast music – With the Light (DURDEN Version) by DURDEN is licensed under a Attribution Noncommercial (3.0).]

About the author

David Hanenburg David Hanenburg is the passionate dirt-lovin' creator of Endurance Buzz and has been playing in the endurance sports world since 2000 after knockin' the dust off of his Trek 950 hardtail thanks to a friend asking to go ride some local dirt. In 2007 he ran his first ultra on the trails and fell in love with the sport and its people. For more information on David's endurance sports journey, check out the About page.

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