Age 48, Vihti, Finland
Without question, Ashprihanal Aalto is one of the greatest living super-long running specialists in the world. He is an eight-time winner of the 3100 mile race, and a 14-time finisher. His greatest performance came in 2015 when he set a new World Best time of 40 days+09:06:21, while averaging 76.776 miles per day (123.56 km). He returns yet again in search of number 15. He is also five-time winner of the Sri Chinmoy Six Day, with a best of 530 miles (2018). He ran the second best total for the 10 Day Race in that event’s history in 2014 (833 miles).
Age 52, St. Petersburg, Russia
Vasu won the 2018 race in 46 days, 17 hours, his third victory. In 2015 he ran a personal best to finish in third place, reaching 3100 miles in 44 days+06:10:42, almost three days faster than his previous best. He now has seven finishes to his credit. He is ranked fifth all-time for 3100 miles; one of only five men to have averaged 70 or more miles per day in this event. He works as a foreman for a lumber company when not running long distances.
Age 48, Vienna Austria
In 2007 Smarana ran his fastest time in the 3100, reaching the goal in 48:04:13:54. He has had seven straight finishes at 3100 miles, is 17th ranked for 3100 miles, and is the Austrian record-holder. Of course, he is still in search of the perfect race.
Age 40, Reykjavik, Iceland (Ireland)
A two-time finisher of the 3100, Nirbhasa ran his fastest time in 2017 of 48 days+16:47:01. He has run four multi-day races, and has been running competitively for 18 years. He grew up in Dublin and was an honors scholar and particle physicist. He is ranked 23rd out of the fortunate 43 people on the 3100 Mile list. He is the only Irishman to ever finish 3100 miles.
Last year in his first attempt, Ushika finished third place overall, completing 3100 miles in 50days+07:34:46. He averaged 61.614 miles per day/ 99.158km. He was the winner of the 2002 Sri Chinmoy Ten Day Race with 631 miles. He has been running for over 23 years with 42 ultras and 17 multi-days to his credit. He works in the musical instrument business, and is manager of Gandharva Loka Music in Salzburg.
Age 42, Kosice, Slovakia
Ananda-Lahari is a veteran of the sport with 16 multidays and over 36 ultras. He is best known for completing the 3100 miler five times with a fastest finish of 49 days,14 hours. In 2013 he finished second in the Ten Day for the men with 662 miles, a personal best.
Age 44, Christchurch, New Zealand
Harita finished the 3100 Mile race in her first attempt in 2017, reaching the goal in 51 days+12:48:14. She is the fastest Kiwi to ever finish 3100 miles. She has been running for 15 years, and has bests of 380 miles for six days and 550 miles for ten days. She is an international spokesperson for the Sri Chinmoy Oneness-Home Peace Run, a global event that passes a flaming torch to people of all walks of life, in an effort to raise awareness of humanity’s need for oneness and empathy for all countries and peoples.
Todor ran a personal best for six days in 2017 at the Hungary Six Day with 707 km (442 miles). He holds a national record for 12 hours, and has run many European trail races and endurance contests. He is a lecturer at the National Defense Academy, and is involved in several national military athletic competitions, cross-country skiing, orienteering, and ski orienteering. This will be his first attempt at 3100 miles.