Meet the 2011 Runners
(1) Ashprihanal Aalto, 40, Helsinki, Finland. One of the best endurance runners in the world, Ashprihanal is ranked second alltime for 3100 miles (43 days 4 hours), which is an average of 71.78 miles per day (115.53km). Last year he won the 3100 miler for the seventh time in ten total finishes. In 2006 he ran an amazing streak of 23 straight days at over 70 miles each day. His victories and number of finishes are both 3100 mile records for men. For three straight years he ran all three yearly Self-Transcendence multidays in New York (six days, 3100 miles, 700 miles)- a feat unprecedented in multiday annals. Ashprihanal has even emerged victorious in the Six Day Race three times, (2003 -457 miles and 2004-433 miles,2007-505 miles) winning each race with supreme efforts on the last day. He has also hiked the Appalachian Trail and the Pacific Crest Trail in the US in solo fashion, covering 60 km per day for up to twelve weeks. Ashprihanal works as a courier and delivery man when not running a long race somewhere!.
(2) Atmavir Petr Spacil, 33, Brno, Czeck Republic. In 2009 Atmavir made another quantum leap in his performance in the 3100, finishing third in 45 days, three hours, an improvement by 3 days. In 2007 he finished his first 3100 mile race in 52 days, 12 hours, only a few weeks after winning the Ten Day race in May with a total of 670 miles. In 2008 he ran 48 days 11 hours to improve his performance by four days. Last year he survived the worst summer in 100 years to finish for the fourth time in 49 days, five hours. Atmavir has run 19 ultras and nine multidays.
(3) Pranjal Milovnik,40, Bratislava, Slovakia. Pranjal transcended himself again, finishing the 3100 miler last year in 47 days, four hours, averaging 65.68 mi/105.70 km. In 2008 he completed the 3100 miler in 49 days,ten hours. In 2006 he reached 3100 miles in 51 days,16 hours in his second attempt, which was an improvement of 7 days, 21 hours. He has completed the world's longest footrace six times. He has run 1000 miles in 16 days,3 hours, including splits of 622 miles for 10 days and 392 for six days. Pranjal has been running for 20 years and has completed 33 ultras, including 11 multidays and two Ironman Triathlons.
(4) Stutisheel Lebedyev,41, Kiev, Ukraine. Stutisheel ran his personal best of 48 days,12 hours for 3100 miles in 2009, averaging 63.88 miles(102.80 km). He has now completed six 3100 milers. In his first attempt in 2004, he completed 3100 miles in 53 days, 3 hours. Stutisheel has been running for over 26 years, and has run over 45 ultras and numerous marathons, with a best of 2:46. He has won the Sri Chinmoy Invitational 47 miler (2002), as well as run long relay runs throughout Europe and Russia. A ski racer in his youth, Stutisheel attained a candidate bid for master of his sport. He lives with his wife Atandra and daughter Alakananda in Kiev.
(5) Ananda Lahari Zuscin,36 ,Kysak ,Slovakia. A five-time finisher of 3100 miles, Ananda Lahari finished in fifth place in 49 days,14 hours in 2007, his personal best. In 2006 he set his previous best of 49 days,16 hours, reaching his goal eight days, 21 hours faster than his previous finish. Illness kept him from completing 3100 miles last year, but he vows to run faster yet again. Ananda Lahari has run 23 ultras in 23 years of running. His bests include 380 miles for six days, 622 miles for10 days, and 16 days, 3 hours for 1000 miles.
(6) Surasa Mairer, 52, Vienna, Austria. . Last year Surasa on short notice came and tried the 3100 miler for the first time, reaching 2760 miles in the process. This year she is ready to reach the goal. In 2002 Surasa broke two long-standing records for women,setting new world bests at 1000 km (7days+16:08:37) and 700 miles (8days+15:34:13). In 2001 she shattered the women's world record for 1300 miles by completing the distance in 17 days 21 hours, nearly an hour and a half under the record. Her split for 1000 miles (13 days 17 hours) ranks second all time. Surasa won the 1000 miler overall in 2000 in 14 days 12 hours, the only finisher of that race. In 2007 she finished first for the ladies with 595 miles in the Ten Day Race after a gap of five years without doing a multiday. She has won nearly every multiday race she has entered in an illustrious career.
(7) Purna-Samarpan Querhammer,33, Hamburg,Germany. This will be the third attempt at 3100 miles for Purna-Samarpan. In 2009 he made it to 1884 miles before stopping with an injury. Last year he reached 2700 miles and is primed to go all the way this year. A full year of total body training has him ready to reach the Goal. He has been running for 14 years and has completed ove 25 ultras, five multidays and numerous marathons.
(8) Igor Mudryck, 37, Vinnitsa, Ukraine. Igor has run six multidays in 15 years of training and racing, with a best of 712 miles in the Ten Day race in 2009. He has run 434 miles for six days and run several fast marathons near three hours.
(9) Sarvagata Ukrainskyi, 37, Berdansk, Ukraine. In seven years of running Sarvagata has finished nine ultras and five multidays. His most notables are back to back 600 plus miles in the Ten day last year and this year, with a pb of 605 miles only five weeks ago.
(10) Pradeep Hoogakker,32, Den Haag, Netherlands. After 12 years of running and training Pradeep is attempting the world's longest race for the first time. He has run five multidays and fifteen ultras as well as several marathons.