Day 29 - Every Moment Counts
The runners have to contend with many challenges in running the 3100 Mile race. This year's race has been one of the wettest for many years and yesterday morning, the runners and mini village experienced a strong downpour as the after effects of Hurricane Ian filtered into the New York area. Fortunately, the rain eased in the afternoon, but the lingering wet made it a difficult day for the runners.
The rain didn't slow down Andrea Marcato who is relentless in his efforts to try and complete over 70 miles per day.
You can see in the video that Andrea stops only briefly for a photo by 2,000 miles and is eager to get back running as quickly as possible. In the 3100 Mile Race there is no opportunity to rest on your laurels, each day, the runner needs to climb a new peak of self-transcendence. It is a race lasting 52 days, yet every moment counts.
Ashprihanal Aalto has finished the 3100 Mile race fifteen times, an unprecedented achievement. The past few days have been challenging for Asprihanal but he has the confidence of his long experience in multi-days to keep going and wait for the body to heal.
Later in the day, the rain did start to ease. Arpan's video captures the mood at the race, with counters sheltering in a van to protect the counting sheets from the rain.
Kaneenika is getting close to halfway point.
For nothing destructive can pierce through
The adamantine wall of cheerfulness."
In difficult conditions like today, a runner's cheerfulness and inner resources are the best antidote.
Nina (Huang Lan) is smiling on her way to 59.2 miles - more or less on target for average daily mileage.
Stephen Redfearn is making an excellent comeback, managing 57 miles yesterday. Stutisheel also made 60 miles after a recent setback. Susan Marshall is doing very well, with yet another 60+ mile day. Vasu and Lo Wei Ming are also managing a similarly strong consistent mileage. Nirbhasa Magee also made his first return to the course to test his energy levels. No matter what the difficulties or set backs, there is an invisible pull for the runners to come back to the course.