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Self-Transcendence 6 And 10 Day Races 2012 – 9 Day Updates Mark Dorion

By Abichal @Multidays
Yuri Trostenyuk

Yuri Trostenyuk Photo by Prabhakar

Posted on the Ultralist:

Epic Women’s Battle in NY S.T. 10 Day/ 24 Hours To Go

I am on a short break from helping out at the Self-Transcendence 6 and 10 day  event in Flushing Meadows, NYC. I have been on duty since 1 a.m. The super-high winds (which show no signs of abating) that blew all night have played havoc with tents, chairs, gear, cones, etc. But the USA’s MOST international ultra field is toughing it out, in this case transcending every challenge Mother Nature has thrown their way. Defending overall 10 day champ/ record-holder Kaneenika Janakova, who lives in New York City, is in a nip-and-tuck battle with Australia’s legendary multiday runner Sarah Barnett. Both have been within 3 miles (one way or the other) of each other for the past 12+ hours. They have have been throwing in surges at 10:00 mile pace, have taken only very short (1 hour at most) sleep breaks, and seem poised for a race to the wire (noon Saturday). As of 10 a.m. both were around 620 miles, a remarkable pace given the rough weather. This is the worst several-days stretch of weather New York and the northeast have seen since prior to the recent 6+ weeks of record-warmth and sunshine. The ever-popular Smilin’ Yuri Trostenyuk of the Ukraine is on a fantastic pace in the men’s 10 day, with 660 miles as of late morning. Over 700 miles is a truly world class performance for 10 days, perhaps comparable to 150+ miles in 24 hours, or a sub-13 hour 100 mile (that is just my very rough, amateur comparison).For example, women’s 6 day road world record holder Dipali C. Cunningham, Esq. has run 723 miles in 10 days, comparable to her 513+ mile 6 day PR/ record. Speaking of Dipali, she is chasing the top men in the 6 day race, where Galya Vladimir Balatskyy keeps staying about 10 miles ahead of Scotland’s William Sichel. Asprihanal Pekka Aalto, known for his tremendous finishing speed (e.g., 100+ miles in the final 24 hours of a 6 day) is within strking distance. There are various websites/ blogs/ newspapers covering the race daily– one excellent one is www.multidays.com Or the srichinmoyraces.org site (See links below). The NEW YORK TIMES, a film crew from Finland, another from Russia, and also noted American independent filmaker Alexander Hamlin (see www.worldrunfilm.com ) have all been covering the race daily. TO ALL U.S ULTRARUNNERS– this is a BIG race, followed by ultrarunners all over the world. Multiday races have been going on since the 1870s. What else can I say?? I am off to pick up my family at LaGuardia Airport, then get back to the race to help work the giant scoreboard, fill cups of water, and encourage ALL runners. Best wishes to all ultrarunners, in all corners of the globe– Mark D in the Big Apple


Race website: us.srichinmoyraces.org/

Utpal’s daily interviews: Perfection Journey.org

William Sichel’s blog updates: www.williamsichel.co.uk/blog/

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