It was a breezy, clear morning with moderate temps and clouds flying by as a storm system started to build on the southern coast, heading straight for Jamaica Hills, Queens. The runners dodged falling bark from the nearby trees, and the mood was all-systems-go for everyone. The real battle ensued when the storm system arrived just before 7:00pm (19:00). Squalls of rain and wind pummeled the course and broke up the crowds watching the handball tournament nearby, as well as baseball, cricket and soccer players, all searching for playing space on the nearby new athletic field for the previous several hours. The runners donned raingear, but the squalls grew thicker and more rapid. The cool temps and rain could not stop the courageous nine runners. Vasu Duzhiy led everyone with 69.15 miles, including going through the 4000km split for the seventh time in his running career. Kobi Oren ran a quick 68+ miles before getting a massage and heading home. Ushika Muckenhumer ran over 65 miles for the third time in the last five days, his best streak ever. Surasa Mairer maintained the lead for the ladies with 61.46 miles. Only 16 days remain. Many stories will be told, but the impressive running of the ‘Notorious Nine’ should not be forgotten. Seven of nine made it past 60 miles…. Again.
Kobi Oren-2400 miles-35:09:06:20
Ushika Muckenhumer-2200 miles-35:17:15:21
William Sichel-2000 miles-35:02:20:48
Smarana Puntigam-2000 miles-35:04:09:44