FOUR TIMES in his 30s and 40s, Costco
member Marshall Ulrich ran and won the
infamous Badwater Ultramarathon—a
146-mile course that starts below sea level
and concludes at 14,500 feet, on the peak
of Mount Whitney.
To mark his 50th birthday in 2001,
Ulrich ran across Death Valley four times
in a row—nearly 600 miles—crossing the
scorching desert and going up and down
Mount Whitney to raise money for orphans.
In his 50s, he ascended all Seven
Summits (the highest mountain on each
continent), including reaching the top of
Mount Everest in 2004.
In 2008, Ulrich ran from San Francisco
to New York City, a distance of 3,063 miles,
averaging about 60 miles a day for 52 days
straight, setting two new records and
completing the third-fastest trans-American crossing in history. He was 57 years old.
Last summer, for his 60th birthday, he
ran the Badwater Ultramarathon again, and
then headed directly to the Alps, where he
summited ;ve peaks over 13,000 feet.
When asked why he continues to take
on new challenges, Ulrich says simply that
it is to reveal that the human body and the
will to endure are miraculous indeed, and
that there is no such thing as “too old,”
“too far” or “too dif;cult.”
Ulrich’s story is chronicled in Running
on Empty: An Ultramarathoner’s Story of
Love, Loss, and a Record-Setting Run
Across America (Avery, 2011; www.
marshallulrich.com), which is available at
select Costco locations.—T. Foster Jones
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Putting a face on cancer Shannon Miller
OLYMPIC GYMNAST Shannon Miller thought
her 15-year journey to winning two silver and
three bronze medals in 1992 and two gold
medals in 1996 was the biggest challenge
she’d ever face. That was before December
2010, when she was diagnosed with ovarian
cancer. “It really stops your world,” she says.
“It doesn’t care how old you are or how
many gold medals you’ve won.”
Miller, then 33, had a cyst removed
and started chemotherapy, chronicling her
cancer journey on her blog. The response to
her story led to Miller being contacted by the
organization Look Good … Feel Better (LGFB;
www.lookgoodfeelbetter.org). A collabora-
tion among the Personal Care Products
Council Foundation, Professional Beauty
Association/National Cosmetology Associa-
tion and the American Cancer Society, LGFB,
run by Costco members Louanne Roark and
Steve Sleeper, conducts beauty workshops
for cancer patients.
“Our website has all of the self-help
information available, plus offers virtual
workshops, beauty expert columns and
access to the InStyle.com makeover tool for
patients to try on new looks and styles
virtually by using their own scanned photos,”
LGFB, which began in 1988, contributes
product samples and teaches patients to
use cosmetics to restore their appearance in
the face of chemotherapy. “Cancer patients
undergoing chemo experience changes in
their skin and hair loss,” which includes
eyebrows and eyelashes, says Miller. “You
look in the mirror every day and see a
LGFB ran a workshop to help Miller and
other cancer patients bring color back to
their faces and to ;nd products that worked
with their sensitivities, and taught them to tie
head scarves. Miller says the workshop gave
her the sense that she was a person again,
not just a cancer patient. “It was two hours
of mostly laughter and learning,” says Miller,
a Costco member. She had worn makeup for
media appearances but didn’t know how to
apply makeup after chemotherapy.
“I needed false eyelashes for certain
;lming. I had no eyelashes,” she says.
—Maria Bellos Fisher
Refusing to accept what at that time
looked like a dismal fate, I embarked
on a self-prescribed diet and exercise
regimen. A key component was to switch
to primarily natural and organic foods.
Costco was there to save me. ;e selection
of products in these categories was not only
extensive, but also a;ordable. Every week,
I came and loaded up my cart.
Within 10 months, I was free from all
previous ailments, had stopped taking any
medication and lost 85 pounds. Physicians
were stunned—the mass had completely
COSTCO HELPED save my life. In May
2006, I was admitted to the Mayo Clinic.
I had been losing a 39-month battle with
a life-threatening condition in which my
body appeared to be allergic to itself. ;ree
days a;er arriving at the clinic, I was told I
had a large mass in my chest. I weighed 250
pounds … and I was 32 years old.
I was given a bu;et of medications
and discussed possible thoracic surgery.
Today, I have fully committed myself
to helping others make these lifestyle
www.joshneimark.com). I frequently take those I coach to Costco and
teach them how to shop. Not one of them
has ever been disappointed by the quality
or value found in your natural and organic
selections—nearly every aisle contains
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