Day 34: A Good Day to Run
Slightly cooler temperatures contributed to some fine performances by our weary band of runners. Stutisheel Lebedyev from Kiev, Ukraine made it two straight days over 70+miles to cop Day honors for the men. William Sichel was second best with 68+ miles, and has moved closer to being on pace to finish. Nidhruvi Zimmerman led the ladies with 59.8 miles.
Nidhruvi Zimmerman-2000 miles= 33 days+12:21:50
William Sichel-2000 miles = 33 days+16:43:55
Day 35:Five Weeks-All In
It is hard to imagine five weeks on the block have expired, but the totals of miles and constant movement of the race make the elapse of time seem almost superfluous. One man who managed to utilize nearly every moment of the day was Sarvagata Ukrainskyi, who ran 81.2 miles, the highest total he has ever run in his four years at this event. His compatriot Stutisheel Lebedyev ran his third straight day of 70.79 miles. He is on pace for a personal best if his form holds. The first nine all ran over sixty miles. The temps barely reached 80ºF with some high cloud cover and breezes to make it an extraordinary day. The focus of the total group is quite admirable as we head into the sixth week of extreme distance running. With the weather so good, who knows what to expect. Will we see all fourteen pass the 60 mile barrier on the same day? Stay tuned.
Day 36: Forever Young
Today nine runners went past 60 miles on another pleasant, moderate day. Defending champ Vasu Duzhiy led the way with 70.79 miles.One of the tenets of being a good multi-day runner seems to be to forget the past, no matter how good or bad it was. Case in point- William Sichel,60,has climbed from the depths of disappointment to a sublime feeling of accomplishment within the last two weeks. He was over 80 miles behind pace to finish the race. Today he is only eight miles back and doing well. He can probably right the ship by Tuesday. He will certainly gain a higher place or two on the scoreboard if he can hold form.
Day 37: Hanging On
A long, difficult race pampers no one. The prodigious distance is difficult to fathom, the daily mileage is hard calculate in the tired brain, the nerve endings must be frazzled. And that is just the helpers and onlookers! The runners keep going, no matter how tired they might appear. Seven of these fearless athletes made it past 60 miles again, led by the Mr. Ukrainskyi, known as Sarvagata. He hit 70 miles with less than a minute to go before midnight. Sarah Barnett helped him get there, running 65.85 miles of her own to pad the lead over her female rivals to 49 miles. Messrs Yuri Trostenyuk,Vasu Duzhiy, and William Sichel each had 65.3 miles on their scoresheets as well. With just a day over two weeks left in the race, the runners are getting ready for the last push to the finish. Lap times are speeding up, rest breaks are not wasted on conversations or distractions. No time to waste. A meeting with destiny awaits.
Day 38: Two Weeks Left
With only two weeks left there are looks of determination on the runners faces, along with fatigue marks and effort lines that are hard to hide. Yet they manage to go on. Vasu Duzhiy led the group with 66.4 miles, followed closely by Pranjal Milovnik and Yuri Trostenyuk. Although it might seem that the athletes are competing only with themselves, none want to give up a place on the board, at least without a wink and a smile. Camaraderie is still high but focus dominates the gaze of the runners. Sarah Barnett continues to lead the ladies after another 63 mile day. One more warm day awaits