Four six-day races, plus a day. If we were to fathom the immense distances run, and the task at hand on a daily basis, the 3100 Mile Race definitely is perplexing and too far out, for even the more zealous ultra-runners. As the 25th day developed, the runners were not concerned about anything, other than another tour of the course, and the hopeful ending of their daily journey, including lots of laps.
Armchair quarterbacks and people who make things look good on paper, or with graphs, sometimes forget how real this 3100-mile adventure is. We cannot wrap our minds around the miles/ kms collected each day, the pounding of the legs and knees, the vast amounts of food and liquids consumed, the change in appetites or desires for specific foods from hour to hour. Not to mention the paper tape, corn starch, lubricants and socks, shoes and shorts, shirts and singlets- all that are needed to keep the runners moving. Add in the countless hours of help from everyone involved: medical professionals, cooks and food specialists, dedicated lap counters, and eager friends or helpers, experienced overseers- all these make for the event to transpire and continue.
The real reason for this race is the transference of consciousness, willingness to explore unknown realms, and the revelation of human potential that is often hidden from view. In short, we are more than we appear to be.
Ashprihanal Aalto once said, “This is a race”. So beyond the philosophical, he and his fellow runners again put on a display of fitness and talent, as seven runners made it over 60 miles again, even as the mercury touched 90ºF today. Mr Aalto led the fray with 69. 14 miles, and remarked how he did not believe how well he ran in the evening. Nirbhasa Magee again attacked his task with 66.9 miles, tying his second best total from yesterday. Smarana Puntigam and Ananda-Lahari Zuscin both reached 64.75 miles, content and ready for more laps down the road. The Captain, Todor Dimitrov reached 63.1 miles and was pleased with his effort in the heat of the afternoon. Keep going runners, for you all are giving us something rarely seen in daily life, meaningful mindfulness.
Nirbhasa Magee- 1600 miles-24:09:28:53
Vasu Duzhiy-halfway-24:09:38:32; 2500km-24:10:27:09
Smarana Puntigam-halfway-24:13:48:28; 2500km-24:14:41:25
Ananda-Lahari Zuscin-1500 miles-24:05:07:17
Harita Davies-1500 miles-24:12:32:17
Todor Dimitrov-1500 miles-24:16:48:20
Ushika Muckenhumer-1300 miles-24:05:27:47