Ashprihanal Aalto finished the 3100 mile race in 40 days and 9 hours. He averaged 76.7 miles a day for the duration of the race. He beat the previous mark that many people thought was untouchable by almost a day. He was feeling the joy of it all in the final 3 days leading up to his finish as the end was in site and was really happy, motivated and relaxed during this time. Reducing his breaks to just 7 minutes and allowing media to come in and photograph him while he was napping. He new he had the record. It was an amazing atmosphere when he crossed the line. Hundreds of people. Media and cameras everywhere. Choirs singing. It was such a special moment and perhaps this is a record that won't be broken.



There were rumours that this would be his last race and his momentous push for the record was the finale of his 3100 career. He put those rumours to rest soon after finishing. " I think I am going to do it again," he remarked, nodding his head, after he was questioned about his return. "This is such a special race." His next finish will see him clock the most completions ever. This was his thirteenth finish, equaling Washington DC's Suprabha Bjeckford.

After the finish and awards ceremony ended, the crowd parted to reveal a blue float and throne that he sat on for a victory lap of the course. Many of the crowd followed and I was fortunate enough to join him for some of the ride (there was also a penguin mascot who was in the trailer.) "This is the way to travel around this block," he said, referring to the car towing us all around. 40 days is unbelievable. I was told it was the same amount of time that Lord Buddha sat under the Bodhi tree to gain realisation. I mentioned this to Ashprihanal who responded, "I didn't realise anything except the cement was really hard!"

He is not your usual runner, freakishly talented and athletic he entered the local two mile race on the day after he finished because he wanted to "show off." He was coming second but was pulled from the race by the director of the Sri Chinmoy Marathon Team, Rupantar LaRusso. We thought it was for his health but it wasn't. It was for a television interview with the largest channel in his homeland. He is very modest and isn't to concerned about coverage so I think he would have rather finished the race. He then left for some R&R in Woodstock, more interviews, a short bush walk and is going rock climbing tomorrow.



Tonight he is watching the finish of Galya Balatskyy who will finish in the 42 day realm around midnight, another of the greatest performances in the history of the race. If the third place runner, Vasu Duzhiy can up his pace he will average 70 miles plus a day, meaning the first three runners will have this average for the first time ever.