Day 52: Last Day Joy
On the last day of the 3100 Mile Race Yuri Trostenyuk of Vinnitsa,Ukraine finished in seventh place in his first try, reaching the coveted goal of 3100 miles in 51 days+04:22:11. Yuri averaged 60.57 miles per day(97.48 km). The humble runner talked of his great struggle to get to the race and his gratitude for being able to start, let alone finish. A few hours later Nidhruvi Zimmerman of Vienna,Austria reached 3100 miles in 51 days+09:54:59, beaming with joy after reaching the pinnacle of her long multiday career.She first started doing multidays in the early nineties but was hoping to one day enter this race. The remaining four runners did not make the desired goal but deserve our admiration for going the distance of days(52) and staying to the very end. Thanks to everyone and we hope you enjoyed the race. See you next year.!!
Day 51: Surasa Shines
Fifty-four year old Surasa Mairer of Vienna, Austria finished first lady and fifth overall today in the penultimate day of the race.She became the oldest runner to ever complete 3100 miles and bettered her own previous finish by over three days. She averaged 61.74 miles per day(99.37 km) and moved into the realm of earlier finishers getting under the original 51 day standard. Her time still ranks 24th out of 34 all-time finishers(3100 miles = 50 days+04:57:24). Almost nine hours later Sarvgata Ukrainskyi of Berdansk, Ukraine finished his third straight 3100 miler, in 50 days+14:33:11. There are two runners left who will reach the coveted goal of ‘Finisher’ in tomorrow’s final day. Go Runners!!!
Day 50: Big Man Finishes
Forty-year-old Pranjal Milovnik of Slovakia finished the 3100 Mile race for the ninth straight time in 49 days+07:57:40(62.843 miles per day/101.136 km). The gracious tall man with a large heart withstood the usual challenges with aplomb and perseverance. Food labelled ‘Pranjal Friendly’ from the kitchen was a welcome sight for many of the runners, for it was going to have taste, plus fat or sugar or both.He keeps coming back year after year and enjoys the race in so many ways.Great job ‘Big Man’. in other news, Surasa Mairer is set to finish as first woman and fifth overall on Monday around 11:00 am. She had a big day with 65.8 miles and needs only 36 laps(19.8 miles) to reach her second finish of the 3100. Sarvagata Ukrainskyi should reach the goal as well on Monday evening, which will be his third finish.
Only two days left for this year’s race……
Day 49: Ashprihanal the Champion
Finnish legend Ashprihanal Aalto made race history again, becoming the first male to ever finish the 3100 mile race twelve times, trailing the immortal Suprabha Beckjord by only one finish. Mr. Aalto placed third this year but remained cheerful throughout the race. Today he ran 65.3 miles to reach the goal in 48 days+16:14:33. He is still the second fastest runner to ever attempt the world’s longest certified footrace, and has the most first places with seven. Pranjal Milovnik will finish on Sunday in the mid-afternoon. He has been a model of consistency and fears nothing that the race can throw at him. Good luck to all ultra runners….
Day 48: Part Two: No. 2
Atmavir Spacil from the Czech Republic finished second in the 3100 Mile Race in a time of 47 days+16:24:52. This was the seventh time in a row that Atmavir completed the 3100.He averaged 65.01 miles per day(104.63 km). He is still ranked seventh all-time for 3100 miles( 45 days,three hours).A large throng attended both finishes of the first and second place men, capping a busy day full of sun and clouds. Ashprihanal will probably finish on Sunday morning, as well as Pranjal Milovnik in the late afternoon. It has been an interesting race, with six finishers still to come. Good luck to all ultra runners.