The runners of the 3100 Mile Race face obstacles that most athletes rarely face in a running competition. The long days on the road spent moving, on concrete, in hot weather. The pressure of running 59.617 miles per day, required to be able to finish within the 52 day time limit. The first week or two of the race can be described as the break-in period- the body, and sometimes the mind, start to adapt to the heavy workload with an athletic response. Injuries- particularly blisters and shin splints- lurk around the unprepared if their trainining has not been thorough and full of experience.
With those thoughts in mind, one can appreciate the totals acrued so far. Atmavir Petr Spacil remains atop the leader boards with 305.1 miles after four days, averaging 76 miles per day. Vasu Duzhiy from Russia has reached second place today with a fine run of 74.08 miles. Ananda-Lahari Zuscin, the surprise early leader of the race remains tied with Yuri Trostenyuk for third place with 291.96 miles. Record -holder Ashprihanal Aalto from Finland resides in fifth place, an uncommon spot for him, but he is building his body back up from last year while still averaging 70.1 miles per day. Surasa Mairer, the queen of the women's contingent and another returning champion, leads by eight miles over the strong competitor Kaneenika Janakova.