Non-Scientific Adventures


In July 2012 Ian Parker participated in the Badwater Ultramarathon, the "World's toughest footrace". He was attempting a tenth finish, but was forced to drop after 55 miles owing to dehydration. He dedicated his efforts toward raising funds to support an Award in memory of Andrea Silvestri, who tragically passed away on May 19th, 2011. Andrea was the beloved husband of Melanie Matheu, a loyal member of Ian's Badwater support crew over seven years, including 2012. Andrea was to have joined Melanie on Ian's Badwater crew in 2011.

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Furnace Creek 508 - 2006
slideshow of photos taken while helping race staff


Badwater 2006

Badwater 2007

Furnace Creek 508 - 2007
slideshow of photos taken while helping race staff

(High resolution images of some of these photos can be downloaded HERE)


Badwater 2011

A first DNF at Badwater. Dropped at mile 55 suffering from dehydration and vomiting.

Click HERE for links to webcast and twitter feeds, and information on supporting fundraising for the Andrea Silvestri Memorial Fund


Badwater 2012


Badwater Crews 2002-2012

Badwater 2013
For the first time in 12 years I was not out on the road, but instead in the role of a staff photographer

Badwater Ultramarathon Booklet
composed by Judit Pallos
This booklet provides useful information for runners, crewing members, cheerleaders, and curious minds
about the logistics of the Badwater Ultramarathon Race.


Click HERE for Ian's complete running biography at distances from the marathon to 200 miles.

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