The runners are settling in, their tasks are clear, if not formidable. Do as much mileage as possible, within the strict timeframe- without incurring injury. Today's test was offered by Mother Nature in the form of a line of thunder and rainstorms that moved into the area right at suppertime. The runners responded as best they could, overcoming torrential rain at various intervals. Yuri Trostenyuk persevered the best and won day honors with 65.8 miles. Surasa Mairer and Kaneenika Janakova tied for women's day leader with 64.21 miles. Estimates topped 2 inches of rain on the course over a period of a few hours. Somehow eight runners moved past sixty miles. Eight are still on pace to finish, with 39 days remaining. Vasu is sixty miles ahead of his personal best from last year. Surasa is 64 miles ahead of her record pace from last year. The race is still young, though, with many days and nights to determine the finishers. Stay tuned, as the first brave souls will move past 1000 miles and more in the next few days.
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