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 is in sight for some of the runners and is proving motivational. Mileage increases, injuries diminish and sleep needs lessen as the end comes in sight. It is still a long way though, over 700 miles for most of the would be finishers. Czech runner Atmavir Spacil is in the lead. Though the finish looks like it could be tight, he can run 70 miles in a day no worries (which he did in his first 1000 miles) so he should get there. 

The heat wave created carnage, there isn't much you can do but survive. The worst is at the eastern end of the course. The red bricks of the school create a kiln like furnace of heat that bakes the runners. Totally unshaded you are best getting through this few hundred metres quickly. Slowly as the sun begins to set, the shadow of the school grows across the footpath, dropping the kiln temperature by a few degrees. You know evening is setting in and you have made it through the worst part of the day.