Yuri: Photo by Jowan

All the runners who are going to make it are well past the half way point. "It is like coming home." Former Serbian Champ Ayojan Stojanovic once said to me, or as multiple winner Asprihanal Aalto calls it "reaching the turnaround point." Downhill is another analogy. Making halfway certainly helps mentally in any race. From 5k all the way up to 5000k.

Sarvagatta Ukrainsky managed 81 miles a few days ago. The best he has ever done and an outstanding effort. It shows how you can get stronger in this event which many runners are now doing. Sarvagatta is a man who can reach the 42 day realm, which only one man has ever surpassed, more about the likely champ in a future post. Australian Sarah Barnett is gathering speed. William Sichel has been powering above the required mileage to make up for his difficult weeks and Stutisheel is often well above 70 miles.

It is important to keep things in perspective at this stage. Stay rhythmical, set your short term goals and not think about the finish, which can still be a mind boggling distance away at any time, even with half a day to go.

It looks like all three females will finish. Australian Sarah Barnett perhaps in record time. I was watching footage of the world record 24 hour performance of Yiannis Kouros, set in Adelaide in 1997 (303km) the other day. Sarah was there. She wasn't an ultra runner at that stage, maybe not even a runner. Who could have known she would become one of the best female multi day runners in the world? Perhaps that Sri Chinmoy 24 hour event sparked some latent capacity or inspired something within her to try something different, to take up something new and transcend herself. 


L-R Jayasalini, Sarah and Nidrhuvi Picture: Perfection Journey Blog by Utpal Marshall

Perhaps she was inspired by the greatest finisher in the events history, Suprabha Bjeckford. She has finished 13 times and completed almost 65,000 kilometres around that small block and holds numerous womens and age group world records. Finishing the Self-Transcendence 3100 Mile race thirteen times is one a record that will stand the test of time. In an event where making the start line is one of the hardest parts I am not sure anyone will ever beat it.