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Bomhoff conquers Badwater

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Greg Bomhoff has gone the distance, again. The Granite Bay resident finished the notoriously difficult Badwater Ultramarathon Tuesday evening with a time of 34 hours, 6 minutes. Bomhoff tackled the 135-mile run from Death Valley to the top of Mt. Whitney as a fundraiser for Franklin Elementary School’s physical education program. In 2010, Bomhoff ran for 24 hours straight at the Franklin track, raising thousands of dollars for the program, which had been threatened by budget cuts. Bomhoff’s quest Monday and Tuesday looked to be going smoothly until he ran into trouble on the climb up Mt. Whitney. An update on the “Go the Distance” Facebook page late Tuesday afternoon stated: “… Pushed hard all day and night and was in 6th half way up Mt Whitney at mile 128 of 135 and the body literally came to a stop and shut down and was unable to move forward. Staked out (race organizers allow you to put a stake in the ground with your number on it if you need to leave the course) and was brought down the mountain for medical attention. Resting and getting things right now and will go back out, pull my stake walk the remaining 7 miles before the 10 a.m. cut off and Go the Distance! What else would I do.” The 43-year-old Bomhoff recovered nicely after his break, cruising to the finish line in 20th overall. Oswaldo Lopez of Madera won the race with a time of 23:41. - Todd Mordhorst