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Yuri Wins, Ashprihanal Second and Kaneenika Finishes

Posted by Grahak Cunningham on Tuesday, September 6, 2016,
Yuri Trestenyuk was the victor in this years race. It was an amazing finish, the closest in history. Just a few hours separated first and second, the 3100 mile equivalent of a sprint finish. Ashprihanal was inspired to chase 5 days from the finish. It must have been torturous for Yuri but he didn't cave in all, taking no breaks, trying to hold on to his lead."Yuri can do only do around 70 miles," was whispered amongst runners, handlers and organisers. "He can't hold on." Ashprihanal had him c...
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New World Record in the 3100 Mile Race

Posted by Grahak Cunningham on Monday, July 27, 2015,
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 ha...
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Ukrainian Galya Breaks Two Records, Irishman to make it and a Finnish Bucket List

Posted by Grahak Cunningham on Monday, July 20, 2015,


Ukranian Galya Balatskyy has made two records here. He has completed the most number of 70 mile days in a row ever. 37 and counting. He is aiming to finish on Sunday in 42 days. An outstanding result. In fact outside of this race only the current world record holder Wolfgang Schwerk has gone into or beyond the 42 day realm (twice). Galya would have won all bar 3 of the 3100 mile races with the time he is going to do in 2015.

Galya speaks five languages and looks the strongest out of all the r...
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Helping Ashprihanal

Posted by Grahak Cunningham on Monday, July 13, 2015,
After moping around for a few days after pulling out with an injury Ashprihanal asked for some help. He is on world record pace and is averaging an outstanding 76.7 miles a day. He already has new records from 1500 miles to 2200. Helping is definitely better for me than it is for him. After exiting early it is easier to sink into a depressed state which I was starting to do, crewing for him really picked me up.



It is pretty interesting. He has three breaks of 15 minutes at 11am, 4pm, and 8pm....
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Bad Haircuts

Posted by Grahak Cunningham on Friday, June 12, 2015,


The weather is warm over here, but the start is predicted to be a little cooler which is nice. Hopefully it stays that way. I had my hair clippered yesterday. It is the standard style for most of the runners (except the girls). It keeps you a little bit cooler through the warm days. The local barber Sundar hacks it all off and he does it free. So besides food and a bike to ride to and from the course each day it is included in the entry fee. If you know anyone who needs a hair cut perhaps jus...

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Last Moments of Freedom

Posted by Grahak Cunningham on Monday, June 8, 2015,
  
Leaving tomorrow for the USA. It is a little terrifying knowing what is install. Still I get to eat lots of ice cream so I can put on a few kilograms before I begin the 3100. I have been busy. Packing, shopping, training, preparing.

Andrew Burrell from The Australian did a really nice article on the race and the mindfulness of a long distance runner. This led to an interview on ABC Perth, ABC South West, 2UE Sydney, Channel 7 and Channel 9. It was all pretty busy.

Guest Speaker

I was a gues...
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Getting Motivated for the 3100

Posted by Grahak Cunningham on Monday, June 1, 2015,


I have been pounding the pavements lately,  training to compete in the longest certified road race in the world - the Sri Chinmoy Self-Transcendence 3100 Mile Race. In the race, runners must complete 5649 loops of an 883 metre footpath around a New York school block and must deal with fatigue, boredom, humidity and temperatures hovering around 40 degrees. Competitors must run almost 100 km a day to complete the race in the 51 day cut off time. Feet swell an extra size during the run which is ...
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Running from Adelaide to Canberra

Posted by grahak on Friday, November 21, 2014,
I just returned from running the leg from Adelaide to Canberra as part of the Peace Run, an international torch relay dedicated to spreading the idea of peace through running and the peace torch that is carried and passed from hand to hand, heart to heart along the way.



It was a great event and we met so many inspiring people and together with the 11-13 international runners that were on the team, formed some great friendships. I found the whole thing really motivational and we were speaking a...
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Running Beyond the Marathon

Posted by grahak on Thursday, August 7, 2014,


Click on the picture to get the book.

Founded in 1997 to exemplify the endless possibilities of the human spirit, the Self-Transcendence 3100 Mile Race is held every year on a concrete footpath around an 883 metre block in Queens, New York. It is the world’s longest and most grueling running race.

Running 18 hours a day, from 6:00am to midnight, for 51 days, runners must average a minimum of 60 miles a day (96.6km) to complete the distance. This involves circumnavigating the block 564...

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William Sichel Massive Negative Split. Stutisheel Lebedyev and Sarah Barnett with big PB's

Posted by grahak on Tuesday, August 5, 2014,

William Sichel, photo by Jowan

William Sichel and Sarah Barnett have reached the goal and finished the world's longest race. Both did huge negative splits: pleasing in a race from 1 mile to 3100 miles. William had to. His first half of the race was basically completed at the end of day 27. To finish within the cutoff time he had to draw on all his experience and talent. Pegging back the extra miles he missed out on when he was going through difficult times he finished in 50 days 15 hours and 6...
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3100 Mile Sprint Finish

Posted by grahak on Saturday, August 2, 2014,

Vasu finishing from Perfection Journey

Slovakian runner Pranjal Milovnik and Russian Vasu Dushiy will both finish today, with probably around 30 miles between them. Vasu will take third and Pranjal fourth. Amazing after 47 days they will be finishing so close together. It is the equivalent of a sprint finish in the terms of the distances they are doing. No rest for some. Pranjal will be back out running again tomorrow to keep his record intact of running a minimum of 2 miles a day for the last...
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Sarvagata is the 2014 Champion

Posted by grahak on Tuesday, July 29, 2014,

Picture: Perfection Journey Blog

Sarvagata turns into a super athlete during this race. His skin goes really tanned, He comes in a little overweight and on occasions with his busy work schedule saving for the race, slightly under trained. Then he begins to shed kilograms, sometimes up to fourteen in total, and then he starts churning out the miles. Sarvagata UkrainskyI is set to finish around 1pm during day 44 and beat his best time ever. He is an incredible ultra distance runner. A natural,...

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Half Way is Coming Home

Posted by grahak on Wednesday, July 23, 2014,


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...

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Crewing and Helping in an Ultra Marathon - 3100 style

Posted by grahak on Sunday, July 13, 2014,



Having a helper in the 3100 or any ultra is a real bonus. From the helper's point of view it is a nice way to give and offer something to the runners. For a runner it ultimately adds to your performance levels. But...it is not always smooth sailing at extreme endurance events and there are pluses and minuses. Asphrihanal Aalto, one of the world's best multi-day runners never has a handler. Sarvagata Ukrainsky an equally talented runner, often has 2-3 helpers attend the 3100 mile race. So what...
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Meet Pranjal

Posted by grahak on Tuesday, July 8, 2014,

Pranjal Milovnik is a giant of a man standing at 195cm and weighing in close to 100kg. He is competing in his tenth 3100 mile race. On day 20 he ran 72.44 miles. Perhaps (apart from day one), the most he has ever run at the 3100. I feel Pranjal will break the world record for the most completions of the race. He loves it. The struggle. Bad weather. Exhaustion. He laps it up and keeps marching along. Below are some interesting facts about Pranjal.

  • His best time is 47 days averaging 105.7km a da...

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William Sichel and the Other First Timers Running Well

Posted by grahak on Monday, June 30, 2014,
I spoke to Stutisheel and Sopan recently via phone when they were out on the course. Both were going well and enjoying the cooler weather. It is great the temperatures have been kind to them. When you start, your body takes two weeks at least to get used to the surface, pounding, lack of sleep and the routine of the race. Usually you can include temperature in the mix but if it's nice it is one less thing to adjust too in that initial period. I talked for a while, but poor reception meant it ...
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Preventing Blisters when Running

Posted by on Thursday, October 3, 2013,

How to Prevent Blisters:

Some people are susceptible to them and others aren't but it is much easier to prevent blisters rather than have to treat them. Below are some ideas.


  • If it is going to rain in your run or race, rub in a light coating of olive oil. It waterproofs the foot to a degree. Waterlogged skin gets chewed up a lot more easily than otherwise (think about what your skin is like after a long bath, now think what would happen if you rubbed it over and over!) Corn starch or talc is gr...

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Nutrition and Ultra Running

Posted by grahak777 on Monday, September 2, 2013,
Food is hard to manage while training let alone while racing in an event. It is worth trying out different varieties and recipes to find out what works for you. I run with a lot of people who steer clear of processed foods and eat a lot of fruits and even raw foods during a race. Personally I get my carbs anyway I can from a 100% vegetarian diet and seem to able to stomach most of it. I like eating anything that is tasty and healthy (or sweet when necessary) and find it can be motivational in...
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What Equipment to Take on Your Next 100k Ultra Marathon

Posted by grahak777 on Friday, August 16, 2013,


Although it has input from three ultra runners, this list may not be comprehensive and obviously it changes depending on the course (loop, trail etc), distance between aid stations, weather conditions, your own preferences and so on. The main thing is to take a really good crew who will be in charge of:

Anti Chafe equipment eg corn starch, petroleum jelly
Food (medicinal) eg licorice and ginger candy (good for digestion)
Food (nutritional) eg rice pudding, sweet potato, watermelon, baby food, lo...

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The First and Second Winners

Posted by grahak777 grahak777 on Sunday, August 4, 2013,


Atmavir Spacil crossed the line yesterday evening in 47 days 16 hours 24 minutes. It was remarkably his 7th time running 3100 miles- very motivational. Speaking after the race he announced he wasn't coming back next year, understandable, doing it that many times, but is obviously in his blood so hopefully he changes his mind. Atmavir passes a lot of the time bouncing his handball as he runs and as a result has made friends with many New Yorkers down at the hand ball court he passes 5649 times...

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The Crew and the Heat wave

Posted by grahak777 grahak777 on Tuesday, July 23, 2013,
The value of a good crew in an ultra can't be underestimated. Surrounding yourself with the right team and team building inspiration leads to greater success and achievement. Utpal Marshall a great runner himself, has touched on the topic looking at the world record ultra runner Madupran Wolfgang Schwerk in particular in his outstanding blog...http://perfectionjourney.org/2013/07/22/july-22-elevate-to-your-highest-height/

It appears the New York heat wave is over. The sight of the finish line ...
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Half Way in a Race

Posted by grahak777 grahak777 on Wednesday, July 10, 2013,
Halfway in any race is so great. Whether it's 5, 21, 42 or 5000 kilometres

When I reach half way it is my favourite milestone. I feel relief more than anything. Halfway is like running downhill. Every moment seems closer to finishing. “It feels like you are coming home,” the 2006 3100 Mile Serbian Champion Ayojan Stajonovich once told me when I reached 1550 miles in my first race in 2007. It is like you climb the summit at half way. Sure coming down is difficult but it is easier than goi...


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Some Runners Finding it Tough

Posted by grahak777 grahak777 on Monday, July 1, 2013,

While some runners are continuing to excel (Atmavir Spacil with another 112km or 70 miles on Day 14). Others are finding it tough. The heat is tremendous in New York in Summer and it has affected a few of the brave soldiers trying to cover 3100 miles. Australian Sarah Barnett has apparently had digestion problems and both her and Ananda Lahiri managed around 50 miles on days 12 and 13 but I am sure they will bounce back.

Ananda-Lahari is the most saintly runner on the course. No matter what ...
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Ultra Runner Sopan Tsekov is Mr Consistent

Posted by grahak777 grahak777 on Monday, June 24, 2013,


Sopan Tsekov is Mr Consistent this year at the 3100 Mile Race. The last 6 days in a row he has done 62 miles on the dot (that's about 103km). Sopan hails from Bulgaria and spends time in the ski slopes outside of running. Finding motivation in the mountains is something most trail and ultra marathoner runners can relate to, but is very different to the 3100 mile course. Sopan Tsekov was 24 when he first completed the 3100 mile race, the youngest in history. I was 30 when I entered my first ...


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One of the Worlds Best Ultra Running Legends

Posted by grahak777 grahak777 on Saturday, June 22, 2013,


Day 5 and Asprihanal lead the mileage for the first time with 71.8 miles. Unusual for the champion Finn, he is taking a while to warm up. He has won the event more than anybody.

Ashprihanal can’t weigh much more than 50 kilograms. He is very otherworldly, almost elf-like, with small chiselled features, light blonde hair and a running engine that rarely falters. His style and gait are more like a dance. He flays his arms all over the place and rocks from side to side, the floating waltz ste...


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Two Runners Neck and Neck

Posted by grahak777 grahak777 on Thursday, June 20, 2013,
2012 - 3100 Mile Race

It's been raining again and Atmavir and Vasu are both at the same mileage after day 3 of the 3100. No biggie, there's still around 2900 miles to go.

Atmavir Spàcil from the Czech Republic is an accomplished multi-day and ultra runner, he’d completed 13 ultras and six multi-day events before his first 3100 mile race in 2007, even making it to 1085 miles (1746km) in a 1300-mile (2092km) race, which had a brutal cut-off time of 18 days. 2007 was my first race also and it was great having ano...


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3100 Mile Race 2013 Underway

Posted by grahak777 grahak777 on Wednesday, June 19, 2013,
Day 1 2013. Photos by Abakash

The runners started their ultra, ultra, ultra marathon journey on Sunday, with plenty of rain I believe- which I dislike immensely but I will talk about some other time. Sarah Barnett is the first female Australian to ever compete.

Vasu Duzhiy has taken an early lead with 79 then 70 miles. He hails from Russia and works near the border of Siberia, cutting wood. He is super friendly with a handshake that crushes your bones.
Three things I recall about the friendly Russian from 2012. I once came ...

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Running Across the Nullarbor

Posted by grahak777 grahak777 on Tuesday, May 28, 2013,
I am running across the Nullarbor at the moment in the peace run team. Tomorrow is a 186 km stretch of straight road. It is hard to stay motivated. We can't wait to see a town again. Its fairly nice running weather with mainly a tail wind and plenty of eagles above. Visit www.peacerun.org for daily reports




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Mental Toughness in Ultra Running

Posted by grahak777 grahak777 on Saturday, March 30, 2013,

 

Mental depression and doubts were as draining as the actual physical exertion required to complete my daily mileage in the 3100. The secret to keeping the mental toughness needed in the race was to conquer or overcome the negative qualities existing in the mind and to remain happy. I am frequently asked how I manage to get up in the 3100 mile race, day after day, and perform a task I don’t necessarily want to do. If I were to wake and put on my running gear with the despondent thought, “...


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If you think you're beaten...

Posted by grahak777 grahak777 on Friday, February 22, 2013,
"If you think you're beaten, you are.
If you think you dare not, you don't.
If you like to win, but you think you can't,
It is almost certain you won't."- 
Anon

Above is John Tarrant's (the Ghost Runner) favourite poem.

Below Day 22 wearing my AURA singlet.

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Running

Posted by grahak777 grahak777 on Wednesday, February 6, 2013,
Running is an individual sport that brings people together. There are not many sports where you can compete on the same field as the world's best. Enter any big city race and you will be competing with champions, elite athletes, regular joggers, people in shape, out of shape or getting into shape. We all begin at the same starting line, together, in unison. We all finish at the same goal- even if we are hours apart. It reminds us that are all one family. Some people maybe faster, some slower ...
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Unusual sleeping patterns

Posted by grahak777 grahak777 on Monday, November 19, 2012,
Day 9 and 10.

Day 9 was interupted by some huge thunderstorms. It was self-transcendence for me because for the first time in four years I fell asleep in the toilets (portaloos) whilst avoiding the second storm. It was so pleasant in there so I stayed for about 35 minutes and came out feeling quite fresh and did good miles. 


Day 10 (thank God we are in double figures now).

I had real problems, all sorts of doubts, wondering what I'm doing out here, and shedding a few tears.
I just think I nee...
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The Spa Bath

Posted by grahak777 grahak777 on Friday, November 16, 2012,
I looked forward to an epsom salt bath every evening. It wasn't a marbled 5 jet spa/hot tub, just a glorified bucket I only just fitted into. It did wonders for my rash though.





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Getting Back to Normal, Post Race Comments and trophy received

Posted by grahak777 grahak777 on Thursday, October 25, 2012,

I had a really fast race this year. It was my PB by nearly a day. I went into it wanting to average 70 miles a day (113km) . I thought I could do it because in 2007 I did 69.8 or something with a really bad blister. If I could stay blister free I thought I could get close.



My start was great, perhaps too fast but I was managing mileage and I didn’t think I would ever achieve it. I was having really nice feelings of power and gratitude especially in the evening. Savagata was also chasi...
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The Offending Chair

Posted by grahak777 grahak777 on Thursday, October 25, 2012,

I had an almost dreadful incident with an inanimate object in the race. Showering and bathing was really pleasant. All the grime collected in the day disappears and the paper tape around blisters and toes comes off really easily. I soon took to shaving and brushing my teeth under the shower. For speed I would shower the traditional way, standing up. If I was really tired I would take the longer option and sit on a flannel on the tiles to take th...


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Get Some Running In

Posted by grahak777 grahak777 on Thursday, October 25, 2012,

So on day 27 there was a Pavlova debate going on with the cooks.
 
I asked for some Australian Pavlova (they are from New Zealand), and they just laughed at me and said it was from NZ. Then they delivered a special package that night labelled 'Australian Pavlova' and when I opened it, it was empty! On the food table was NZ Pavlova (stacks of it.)

Anyway they decorated it with Kiwi fruit so I thanked them for the Australian Pavlova with a Chinese Gooseberry on top.



I've been str...

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I got a bad rash and lost toenails

Posted by grahak777 grahak777 on Thursday, October 25, 2012,
I got a bad rash and lost toenails

As one friend commented so many screen saver options here!

Ultra running does have it’s painful side. It definitely has to be transcended.

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The Self Transcendence 3100 mile race

Posted by grahak777 grahak777 on Thursday, October 25, 2012,

Founded in 1997 by fitness guru Sri Chinmoy to exemplify the endless possibilities of the human spirit, the Self-Transcendence 3100-Mile Race is held every year on a concrete footpath around an 883 metre block in Queens, New York. It is the world’s longest and most grueling foot race. Runners are given 18 hours a day, from 6:00 a.m. to midnight, for 51 days, to run a minimum of 60 miles a day (96.6km) to complete the distance. This involves ci...


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I am ultra runner from Australia. I am into motivational exploits involving any sort of physical feat that is inspirational and positive. On the side I work as a motivational speaker, business speaker and trainer, keynote speaker and youth speaker.

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