Day 2: Second Time Around the Block
Vasu Duzhiy continued his lead in the 3100 Mile Race with a second day of 70+ miles. He totaled 150.37 for the two day split, and led a contingent of 13 runners who crossed past the 60 mark, with Mr. Duzhiy and two others- Baladev Saraz and Sarvagata Ukrainskyi, getting past 70 miles. The cooler evening led to some faster laps, but humidity has entered the area for the next 2 or 3 days, with showers and t-storms Wednesday night. Aussie Sarah Barnett was seen cranking 6 and even sub-6 minute laps, and Mr. Sarvagata was ‘J Smoove’ in running shorts with a solid two hours of great, fast paced running. His long stride elicited ‘oohs’ and ‘ahhs’ from nearby spectators, some unaware of a race even taking place. More later.
Day 3: New York Summer
The first signs of the summer solstice moving in came at the runners expense today. Yet, nine runners made it past 60 miles as the mercury rose to almost 90ºF and the humidity breached 60%. Sarvagata Ukrainskyi led the charge with 68.05 miles, but he waited until an hour before sundown to start running well. At this point he reeled off the equivalent of a 4:24 marathon, including a few stops, and clicking sub-6 minute laps. Impressive to watch, and it looked easy. He may have found a talent unbeknownst to him. This inspired a few others to move a little faster. Vasu Duzhiy still leads the group with 216.8 miles but had to pull back a little as the sun effects were difficult for some. Baladev Saraz still holds second place with 210.19 miles. Jayasalini Olga Abramovskikh leads for the ladies with 197 miles, followed by Nidhruvi Zimmerman with 191. Combined with the high mileage the race becomes a formidable challenge. With another day or two of the near 90′s coming tomorrow, the challenge is still on. But when the sun starts fading at dusk, watch out for the inspired ones. They are moving along like a New York minute. In search of new miles in a race that is not going anywhere but is testing all.
Day 4:Rain Go to Spain
A warm, breezy day gave way to bright sunny skies, and as the breezes faded, the temperatures reached a hair short of 90ºF(32C). Eight men and women made it past 60 miles, and as of now 12 of the 14 are on pace to reach their goal, however far away it may be from them. Sarvagata Ukrainskyi led the day totals again with 67.5 miles. Vasu Duzhiy continues to sparkle as race leader overall with 280.9 miles. Jayasalini Olga Abramovskikh continues to lead the ladies with 257.4 total miles. It is still too early to predict possible champions, since barely 7% of the race has been completed. But as their road toughness continues in the building stage of this multi-day, the collective determination is inspiring to say the least.
Day 5: Closer at the Top
With only 11 laps separating the first four male runners, the race kept moving along. Sarvagaya Ukrainskyi led all runners today with 68.0 miles. The pleasant surprise was the performance of Sarah Barnett, who topped 67.5 miles to lead the women as well as become second overall for the day. Ten runners exceeded 60 miles.
Day 6:The Standard
In multi-day running circles, one of the standard measuring distances or timed event is the six day race. 140 years ago the race was contested on short indoor tracks of wood or compressed wood shavings and tree bark. In the 3100 Mile Race the surface is hard concrete, but the ‘standard is the same. Only this event is nearly nine times the six day. Today Sarvagata Ukrainskyi logged 71.89 miles to reach his 6 day total of 412.14 miles.Vasu Duzhiy reached 64.75 miles to retain second position. Jayasalini Olga Abramovskikh holds seventh position and first woman with 378.67 miles, but the surging Sarah Barnett was within one lap of the Russian first-timer. Sarah’s total of 67.5 miles today was third best overall for the day. Clear blue skies, pleasant breezes and moderate temperatures were the remnants of spring today as our summer solstice reaches the northern hemisphere tonight. Have fun everyone.
Six Day Totals:
Sarvagata Ukrainskyi-412.1488 Vasu Duzhiy-405.0144 Yuri Trostenyuk-403.9168 Baladev Saraz-400.0752
Pranjal Milovnik-391.2944 Sopan Tsekov-385.8064 Jayasalini Olga Abramovskikh-378.6720 Sarah Barnett-378.12
Stutisheel Lebedyev-373.184 William Sichel-364.952 Teekshanam Dodonu-364.4032 Nidhruvi Zimmerman-363.8544
Anada-Lahari Zuscin-319.9504 Ray Krolewicz-276.5952