Hello friends and welcome to the 18th Annual Self-Transcendence 3100 Mile Race. We will try to have an account of each day’s highlights at the ‘Race around the Block’. This year the list of runners swells to 14, including four new faces. The rookies are all accomplished athletes looking for the challenge of a lifetime. We hope this blog can capture the running aspect from a ‘nuts and bolts’ observation. Maybe someday even you can ‘dream the dream’. Good luck to all runners around the globe. May the wind always be at your back!—– Sahishnu
Day 1 How Did We Get Here?
The 18th Annual Self-Transcendence 3100 Mile Race started precisely at 6:00 am this morning(June 15) here in New York. Fourteen runners answered the call to run for up to 18 hours a day for 52 straight days.The early miles were crisp and easy, but the cloudless sky offered a glimpse of a possible hot week ahead.Temps reached 82ºF(25ºC)in the afternoon.The evening cooled nicely as 6 men and one woman topped 70 miles. Defending champ Vasu Duzhiy from Russia wasted no time in logging 79.02 miles to lead everyone.Baladev Saraz from Slovakia checked in with 75.18 miles. Yuri Trostenyuk of the Ukraine reached 72.99 miles, as did nine-time finisher Pranjal Milovnik. Jayasalini Olga Abramovskikh reached 71.34 to lead the women’s contingent. Scotland’s William Sichel,60,had a good first day with 71.34 miles as well. Ray Krolewicz, the lone US participant, reached 65.3 miles. The race was established in 1997 by Sri Chinmoy and quickly became the flagship event of the Marathon Team that he founded. To date 36 people have completed the race a total of 124 times. We hope that everyone will enjoy the race and its unique profile as the longest certified footrace in the world.Tomorrow’s another day, and another chance to get closer to a goal difficult to fathom.We wish the runners good luck and Godspeed.
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.