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"After a Jog 35 Years Ago, He’s Still Running in Circles" By JESSE NEWMAN, New York Times: a story on Luis Rios

Jesse Newman, New York Timers, N.Y. / Region, August 9 , 2012

"At 11 a.m. on Sunday two things will happen: in London, around 100 of the world’s fastest men will launch themselves onto the 26.2-mile Olympic marathon course, dashing from Buckingham Palace to the Tower of London in front of hundreds of thousands of excited spectators.

"Meanwhile, as the sun rises over Brooklyn, a lone man named Luis Rios will be traipsing unnoticed along the not-quite-three-and-a-half-mile loop in Prospect Park..." For complete article on Willie Rios

Live Radio Interview from Spain with the 3100 Miles Self-Transcendence Race

Wednesday 26 June 2013 the radio show from Spain A TU RITMO, called the 3100 miles Self-Transcendence Race for a live interview.


On June 26, 2013 a live interview was conducted from Spain with local race official Pedro Gaspar of the Self-Transcendence 3100 Mile Race in Queens, New York.

 

Трка на 2 милји - 28.09.2013

Резултати од трката на 2 милји:

1  Влатко 12:29
2  Tejal 12:54
3  Јовица Ј. 13:27
4  Коце  13:49
5  Ekalabhya 13:59
6  Даниел 14:00
7  Љубе 14:59
8  Игор 16:36
9  Гиго 18:03
     
1  Жане 18:05
2  Катја 20:12

 

Припреми за стартот..

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Немаме слики од трката и финишот, но затоа имаме од прогласувањето..

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Подигнување на наградите “медени сцра“..

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Медени сцра = happy face!

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Neu: Das große Buch vom Ulramarathon

das-grosse-ultramarathon-buch_0.jpg'Das große Buch vom Marathon' von dem ausgebildeten DLV-A-Trainer und Diplom-Ingenieur Hubert Beck ist zum Bestseller und zum Standardwerk für Marathonläufer geworden. Sein Anfang August erschienenes Werk 'Das große Buch vom Ultramarathon' lässt Ähnliches für die Ultralaufszene erahnen. Dem Autor, der selbst auch einige der extremsten Ultraläufe der Welt bewältigt hat, ist ein wertvolles Buch übers Ultra- und Traillaufen gelungen – geeignet für Einsteiger aber auch für erfahrene und weniger erfahrene Ultra- oder Trailläufer.

Das Kapitel Ernährung beinhaltet sehr viel Neues, sicher auch weil Weltklasse-Ultraläufer ihren Erfahrungsschatz für das Buch offengelegt haben. Der Autor erklärt aufbauend auf der Funktionsweise des Verdauungstrakts und dessen Belastung beim Ultralaufen, warum die Mehrzahl bei Ultraläufen an Verdauungsproblemen leidet und zeigt verständliche und klare Lösungen auf. Eine Liste von gut und weniger verträglichen Nahrungsmitteln und die Erklärung, warum sie das sind, ermöglichen dir, die für dich optimale Ernährung herauszufinden. Zusammen mit den Hinweisen, was alles bezüglich Nahrung beim Ultralaufen zu beachten ist, sollten dir Verdaungsbeschwerden in Zukunft erspart bleiben - vorausgesetzt du setzt das vorgelegte Wissen konsequent um.

Die vorgestellten getesteten Ausrüstungsgegenstände wirken beschleunigend und lassen dich gut bestückt, und in Folge mit weniger Unannehmlichkeiten und bremsenden Faktoren auf die Strecke. Klasse Tipps zu lesen gibt es zum Thema Regeneration und emotionale Stärke - die du bei längeren Ultras brauchst, um Gedanken wie 'Jetzt ist es aber genug!' zu überlisten.

autor-hubert-beck.jpgEine Tabelle zusammen mit zwanzig Trainingsplänen ermöglichen es dir gemäß deiner Wettkampfzeiten bei Ultraläufen oder einem Marathon, einen genau für dich passenden Trainingsplan für alle Distanzen vom 6-Std.- bis hin zum 6-Tagelauf auszuwählen, der deiner Wettkampfzeit entspricht. Hast du beispielsweise bei einem 6-Std.-Lauf 56 km zurückgelegt, liest du, dass dies einem 100 km Lauf in einer Zeit von 12 Stunden entspricht und findest dafür den passenden Trainingsplan, der dich nicht überlastet. Das gibt es in keinem anderen Buch zum Thema Ultralaufen und auch das nicht: den Einstiegstest-Trainingsplan für den Marathonläufer, der damit erkennen kann, ob er sich für Distanzen jenseits des Marathons eignet. (Foto. Autor Hubert Beck)

Laufberichte vom Transalpine-Run, den 100 Kilometern in Biel, dem 24-Stunden-Lauf Basel, dem Ultra-Trail du Mont-Blanc, dem Spartathlon, dem Marathon des Sables, dem Leadville Trail 100, dem Yukon Arctic Trail und dem Jungle Marathon vermitteln dir hilfreiche Erfahrungen mit Läufen unterschiedlichster Art und klimatischerVerhältnisse. Die Erfahrungsberichte sind aufschlussreich, ausführlich, unterhaltsam und beschreiben den Charme und die Herausforderungen der Laufevents. Sie sprechen Schwierigkeiten an und wie du sie überwinden kannst und bieten weitaus mehr Informationen als die der Veranstalter. Für jeden Lauf findest du eine Liste mit den erforderlichen Ausrüstungsgegenständen und einen speziell darauf abgestimmten Trainingsplan.

'Das große Buch vom Ultramarathon' reichert Hubert Beck zudem mit Geschichtlichem an. Der Ursprung des Ultralaufens und die ersten Ultraläufer werden vorgestellt. Portraits von Ultrastars, Weltbestzeiten, Statistisches und eine Liste mit den Ultraläufen in Europa sowie den wichtigsten aus dem Rest der Welt machen das Buch zu einem umfassenden Werk mit hohem praktischen Wert. Du spürst, dass hier ein Ultraläufer, den die Welt jenseits der Marathondistanz glücklicher gemacht hat, nutzenorientiert und motivierend für den Läufer schreibt. Auch optisch ist das Buch durch die zumeist eindrucksvollen Bilder und erläuternden Grafiken ansprechend.

270 Seiten, € 19,90
Copress Verlag
ISBN 978-3-7679-1153-6

Im Buchhandel erhältlich

umd bei amazon

 

Consul General Moniiul Islam and Family Visit 3,100-Mile Race, June 16

Consul General Islam.JPGThe Consul General from Bangladesh Moniiul Islam (second from left, his son (third from left) and wife (fourth from left) took time from their busy schedule to cheer the 3,100-Mile runners at the start of the race.

"Eat To Run. Holistic nutrition for the ultra-marathon runner" [Kindle Edition] By Stutisheel Lebedev

This book contains firsthand experience of healthy and holistic nutrition at the world longest annual Self-Transcendence 3100 mile race. It is aimed at everyone who seeks to lead an active and healthy life and to fully unfold one’s potential. First edition of the book was printed out in Ukraine in 2010.

Author is the first runner from the Post-Soviet Countries who finished the world longest certified "Self-Transcendence 3100 mile race", organized by the Sri Chinmoy Marathon Team in New-York. Best time of the 7 finishes is 48 days 12 hours 42 minutes and 46 seconds (103 km/day - 2009). For more than 22 years he has been practicing meditation under the guidance of Sri Chinmoy. Living and working in Ukraine, he combines his spiritual life with his family, his writing, his sports and he also leads the Esoteric Project Management training course.

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The Sixth Annual Self-Transcendence Invitational Marathon, April 9, 2013 (a slide show)

Every April an invitational marathon is held only for members of the Sri Chinmoy Marathon Team who have run faster than Sri Chinmoy's fastest marathon time of 3:55:07 and, within the past 5 years.

ckg LI marathon.jpgSri Chinmoy loved the challenge of the marathon distance and in fact completed 22 marathons in a period from March 1979 through February 1983. In deference to his fastest marathon time of 3:55:07 (ran on March 25, 1979 in the Heart-Watchers Marathon in Toledo, OH), every April an invitational marathon is held only for members of the Sri Chinmoy Marathon Team who have ran faster than 3:55:07 and within the past 5 years. This will be the 6th Annual Self Transcendence Invitational Marathon, held at Flushing Meadow Corona Park and will start at 9 a.m.

 

 

Enjoy Cristian's slideshow of this year's race...

 

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A moment of silence before the start of the race. Photo: Cristian

 

"Beyond the Marathon: Insights Into the Longest Foot Race in the World" (Kindle Edition) by Grahak Cunningham

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BEYOND THE MARATHON; INSIGHTS INTO THE LONGEST FOOT RACE IN THE WORLD. By Grahak Cunningham. Available for $5.99 from www.grahakcunningham.com.

The Self-Transcendence 3100 Mile Race was founded in 1997 by running guru Sri Chinmoy to exemplify the endless possibilities of the human spirit. It is held on a concrete footpath around an883 metre (roughly half-mile) block in Queens, New York. To complete the distance, runners are given 18 hours a day, from 6:00 am to midnight, for 51 days, to run a minimum of 60 miles a day. This involves circumnavigating the block 55,649 times. Over the duration of the race, many runners wear out 15 pairs of shoes, and their feet swell an extra two sizes. In a New York summer, temperatures reach 100 degrees with 85 percent humidity. Competitors must contend with the usual pitfalls of ultra’s - boredom, fatigue, torrential deluges, extreme pain, injuries and sleep deprivation -  but because the 3100 lasts for days on end, the runners mainly have to deal with themselves.

While there is a documentary – Spirit of a Runner, by talented filmmaker Jessie Beers-Altman  - on the 3100 Mile race’s most seasoned performer, 13-time finisher American Suprabha Bjeckford (Beers-Altman has kindly made the documentary freely available at 3100.srichinmoyraces.org) and the odd smattering of articles in New York newspapers, not much has been written about the race. In fact not many people have heard about it. Perhaps this is because of the small field that author/runner Grahak Cunningham talks about, or that no prize money is involved, or the fact that race directors don’t accept commercial sponsorship, or the entire massive effort of counting laps and cooking for the runners is conducted only by volunteers.

Grahak is a friend whom I have seen grow from an everyday fun runner to a four-time finisher of the world’s longest race. He first did the race when he was just 30 years old and his book is the first real account by any runner to explain their reasons and inspirations for doing it.

In the first few chapters, Grahak takes us through his rookie race, training for it, thinking about it, being consumed by it. And why not? He made the massive jump from a handful of marathons and a couple of 50-milers to a terrifying 3,100 miles on a cement path, all with a bit of determination and the faith that he deserved to be out there. Without any multi-day experience, however, he paid the price for not going through the usual rites of passage from 24-hour to six- and ten-day events and predictably gets into some serious physical difficulties.

 ‘All I could do was run five laps at a stretch then collapse in the medical van. Crying and feeling hopeless,’ he shares, with 47 days remaining. ‘I would catch my breath and cool off. Then I would get up and repeat the process… I wasn’t last but I was heading that way.’ But Grahak carries on happily anyway closer and closer toward the finish.

Why do any of us run ultras? It can be painful, expensive, uncomfortable and cause injuries. Grahak has the same doubts, ‘You’re probably wondering why I would choose to run 3,100 miles around a city block on a surface of solid cement that’s six inches thick. Believe me, I have the same thought every time I compete, yet something keeps drawing me back.’

The book explores the qualities that it takes to push yourself way beyond marathons. Grahak says he does it to make progress and overcome the perceived limits we have on life. Ultimately, it is a spiritual journey and the book explores the connection between running and meditation the ultimately drew him to the race founder Chinmoy who inspired him to use sport as a vehicle for self-change.

Chinmoy was an ultrarunnner himself and loved the sport. ‘Spiritual people often like running because it reminds them of their inner journey,’ he said. ‘The outer running reminds them that a higher, deeper, more illuming and more fulfilling goal is ahead of them in the inner world, and for that reason running gives them real joy.’

It’s one of many quotes from the race founder dispensed throughout the book and most would be pretty handy pick-me-ups to read in any running event where we are battling out our inner demons. ‘The success-road is paved with patience and perseverance,’ is a good example.

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Also dispensed through the book are Grahak’s training and nutrition tips and, although they occasionally interrupt a good yarn or anecdote, most runners can learn something new – I didn’t’ know cabbage leaves were a good treatment for shin splints for instance, or that licorice cold help a stirred-up stomach.

The 2012 winner, Grahak, finally stops. Photo: Maral.

Grahak somehow finishes his first race in 50 days, just hours before the cut-off time and comes in sixth. Fine, you would think, he can tick that one off the to-do list and relax. Wrong. He goes back another three times and each time gets faster and stronger, the rest of the book touches on the 2008 and 2009 races, where he finished second and third respectively. He then goes into his victories 2012 race in more detail and some of he characters that are intrepid enough to travel this immense distance year in and year out.

Grahak ended up wining in 2012, becoming the third-fastest runner in the event’s 15-year history, averaging over 71 miles a day for 43 days. Overall, if you are looking for a unique book on a unique event that touches on the spiritual dimension of our chosen sport, you will enjoy this book.

Christopher Willis is an Australian web designer and ultrarunnner currently recovering from foot injury. When he starts running again, he is not planning on ever entering the 3100 Mile Race.

Reprinted with permission of the publisher.

 

 

 

 

 

 

2013 Six and Ten-Day Race blogs by Arpan DeAngelo

6 and 10 Day-Tales From Medical and Other Comments

 

I usually arrive at the Six and Ten-Day races around 5:00 pm after the runners have spent a full morning and afternoon of running/walking/eating/resting since I last saw them. When I leave to go home around 1:00 a.m. after offering massages to the men who are about to go to bed for the night there are very few runners or helpers out on the race course. Most of those late-nighters are usually walking or running quite slowly. The contrast in the energy and excitement on the course between those two times is quite remarkable.

 

The runners have had mostly sunny days in this race. When there were clouds covering the sky most of the time it did not rain as in past years. So having a relatively dry race is one boon that the runners can really appreciate and feel grateful for. The nights do get very cold though, and sometimes it is very windy. This can make running and walking quite uncomfortable and difficult, especially near the lake, which offers no protection from the cold, harsh winds.

 

Coming into the medical tent after a full day and long evening on their feet as they struggle with the weather, tiredness and their own bodies’ limitations and aches and pains, some of the runners feel a great relief and joy. Besides the fact that the medical tent is usually the warmest place on the racecourse, they know they will be cared for as they lie down in a protected and comfortable environment.

 

I have been working off and on in medical tents at our multiday races since they began in 1985. When I say ‘off and on’ I mean that I have also run in these races so I have developed a good appreciation of the medical tent from the runner’s perspective.

Although I am not a certified masseur, doctor or chiropractor, I have been doing massages for over forty years and have also learned how to treat certain running ailments and health problems related to running.

 

One of the most important things to observe when a very tired and sore runner comes into the tent is how they are walking, breathing, talking and if they seem faint or disoriented. Most of the time they just come in to lie down, get a massage or take care of blisters.

Lately though I have also been treating some inflamed muscles and tendons such as shin splints and Achilles problems.

 

In normal day to day life if a runner would have some of these problems you would tell them to stop running for a few days or weeks until they healed. In most cases in this race if the injury is not too serious we will take care of the problem enough so they can at least keep walking. Some of them eventually do start running again after some time.

 

One night the medical tent was really busy with ‘patients’ and three and sometimes four of us were taking care of them as they came in and out in a steady stream for hours. Dr. Sakhshat Flowers, a good friend, member of the SCMT and an M.D. with his own practice and clinic in New Jersey, was in the tent diagnosing problems and helping to treat the more acute ones. He had a special laser device to facilitate tissue healing and circulation and whatever else it does. The rest of us who were ‘less technical’ did our usual massages, taping, blister treatments, etc.

 

One runner from Germany had a very inflamed shin splint. Dr. Sakshat worked on it with the laser and then I massaged it to drain out some of the fluid or lymph, which naturally rushes to an injury to help promote healing in that area. I also iced it and taped it to support it when he walks, but at this point it was very late and we just wanted him to elevate it and rest it.

 

He had been resting for a few hours lying down and finally needed to get up and go to sleep in his own tent. As he sat up he turned white and started to faint and we then took care of that somewhat scary condition by elevating his legs and lowering his head. We gave him some water to drink when we saw that he was not unconscious and after checking his temperature, pulse, etc. let him rest some more. By then it was 1:30 a.m. and I had to leave so we made sure he drank water regularly and had someone check up on him regularly. One has to be very careful of dehydration when involved in so much physical exercise even after stopping.

 

The next day when I came back in the late afternoon I knew that he was all right. I saw him walking quite briskly looking very energetic and strong.  He had walked over a marathon that day already and was looking forward to running into the night. I did get to see him again in the medical tent later that evening and worked on his shin splint once more. After a short rest he was out on the course again moving quite well.

 

This kind of story is similar to many of the multiday runners who are strong enough to endure these kinds of physical and mental challenges. Of course those with more ultra marathon experiences as well as those who have trained properly will not experience problems that are debilitating and can rebound from their ailments quickly. Some runners’ problems may become too intense or severe so they are first recommended to take longer rests and then to drop out of the race if it is too serious and a risk to their health and well-being.

 

Surprisingly of the 82 or so runners who started both races only two that I know of had to leave the race due to health or injury problems. With less than two days to go until the end of the race most of the runners have adapted to the aches and pains of these challenge and are quite happy as they overcome each obstacle. Outwardly they make look tired and not be smiling all of the time, but there is a certain and real contentment inside the runners who are able to endure until the end. This becomes more obvious as the goal fast approaches.

 

Surprisingly some of the runners are now actually getting stronger. This amazing phenomenon occurs in races as long as these when the body seems to adapt quickly after the initial shock of the long days of movement on their feet. The runners who do not adapt and just have to struggle with their weaknesses are usually those with less experience, background and training. But their achievements, as well as those who have had to stop altogether before the end of the race, never goes unrewarded.

 

The heroic attempts of all of the runners who make it to the starting line are greatly appreciated by others. Their own efforts, whatever the result, will make them stronger not only as runners but also as individuals who wholeheartedly devote themselves to a worthy goal and strive with all of their effort to achieve those goals, whether they fall short sometimes or not.

Somewhere In the Middle- by Arpan DeAngelo

On Tuesday night, around midnight, the Ten Day runners have completed six and a half days. So they are over halfway done with only three and a half days to go to the finish line. The Six Day runners have completed two and a half days and are closing in on their halfway point in 12 hours. They also only have three and a half days as runners of both races have the same finishing time, Saturday, April 27 at 12:00 Noon.

Now that all of the runners have experienced the ‘thrill’ of staying on their feet and moving forward at various speeds most of the day and night, day after day and night after night, they all have their own interpretations of what this unusual experience is like to them.

nirbhasa in medical.jpgI am particularly interested in the experiences expressed by the first-timers who have never had this kind of experience before. Nirbhasa Magee, a computer programmer from Dublin, Ireland, has run marathons for many years and even completed a 24-Hour race recently. But this is his first time at a multiday race. He is running the Ten Day race and had completed five and a half days already when I asked him what the high points and low points of the race was to him so far. He had completed 295 miles by the halfway point, which was noon on Monday. This is an average of almost 60 miles per day so far which is quite good for a first time multiday runner.

(Photo by Utpal: Shivabhakta massages Nirbhasa)

After coming into the medical tent quite exhausted and needing a quick massage, I asked him to offer a few comments. He said, “The best is just, I mean, you know it’s such an opportunity for experience and to go out there and have amazing, you know, if you could just still your mind and just go and run. You know the race itself is just so, it has everything, it has, like you’ve got a family here, all your needs are basically looked after. Now it is a little bit tough, you know. It’s probably been the toughest so far, just in terms of cranking, but it’s mainly mental, you know. I just have to be more happy…”

Nirbhasa, like most of the runners, new to the game or seasoned veterans, have figured out a routine or schedule that works for them. Each person has their own approach to structuring their daily routines, which also change as the race progresses. Nirbhasa told me that he now would run eight or nine miles and then take a twenty-minute break. He got up at three o’clock in the morning and ran sixteen miles, then he took a break and then did another sixteen miles.  But then later in the day he shortened out the mileage between short breaks to eight or nine miles.

He also started listening to music for the first time in the race on the fifth day. It was the recording of Paree’s first Locals Performance in April 2008. He said,  “That was really nice because I wasn’t in that consciousness…The first time I heard it I was almost crying on the course because I wasn’t in that space … It definitely got a little bit better. “

Kausal, a very good naturopathic doctor who has been working tirelessly at the race every day, offered us all some very good chocolate at one point. When Nirbhasa had some of this delicious treat his comment to Kausal was, “You’re a good man, wow, you’re an even better man than you were five seconds ago.” As we all enjoyed the very tasty chocolate Nirbhasa commented, “People with good taste in chocolate are generally, you know, it’s a good guide to character.”

john geesler smiling.JPGSo that is just a small sampling of a light moment in the long and arduous day of a novice multiday runner. On the other hand, we have a more experienced runner, John Geesler, who won the men’s Six Day race two years ago here. He has done quite a few multiday races and had recently come in second place in a 48-Hour race in Phoenix, Arizona, called ‘Race Across the Years’, at the end of December into the New Year. (Photo by Prabhakar: John Geesler)

Asking him about the Six Day race here in 2011, he said he won for the men but he did not beat Dipali. He said that he hasn’t run it good yet. “If I haven’t done over 500 miles I haven’t done good, and I haven’t done anything close, and it looks like I won’t be close again this year.” He was in medical as I was checking out his sore knee. He is a very good 24-hour runner as well.

John has run 157.95 miles for 24 hours in the past and humorously commented that he should have fell over at the end to make it 158 miles. It is in the top ten of American all time 24-hour races. He said, “It’s so discouraging, every time I come down for the Six Day I get hurt or something and I don’t… but I always wanted to go over 500 at least.”

John, just as with all the runners I have met here, has a firm determination to do the best he can to reach his lofty goals despite all the body’s setbacks. Yet he maintains his humble and surrendered attitude and does not give up. The goals may change for each runner during the race depending on the cooperation of their legs and their overall health, but almost all of the runners with their lofty goals, like John, or those first timers with no real expectation, like Nirbhasa, seem to find their own way to make the long and difficult journey to the end of the race, which in this case is still quite a few days away.

Notes and Observations from the Race Course- by Arpan De Angelo

Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Yesterday it was quite chilly but the cold winds died down compared to the weekend. When the sun comes out and the wind dies down it is more comfortable for the runners and they can spend more energy running without having to struggle keeping warm. Also the general lack of rain this year has been a blessing for the runners as rain can make life a bit miserable and more challenging out on the open and exposed race course.

Working in the medical tent can be an eye opener into the lives of the runners. The problems and the joys of running most of the day and night are revealed more readily when the runners are resting or being treated in the comfort and warmth of the medical tent. Some of my stories will be derived from excerpts of runners’ comments as they are resting or being treated in the medical tent.

When I have time I also try to do a few laps with some of the runners to keep them company and let them express themselves a bit about their experiences. It may get a bit lonely out there for some of the runners although most seem quite content going around on their own most of the time. But when they do have someone to talk to some of the runners offer interesting words of wisdom as they freely offer tales of their experiences here.

dorion.JPGOne person who is quite fluent in expressing himself about his race experiences here is our great friend and runner Mark Dorion. He is an American runner from El Paso, Texas who comes here every year to run or to help with the Ten Day Race. He has run and raced at all distances for over three decades and has run in many of our SCMT races over that time span as well. (Photo by Prabhakar).

As a ‘senior’ runner who has slowed down quite a bit since his speedy days of yore, Mark still embodies the enthusiasm and energy of a dedicated runner who understands and manifests the principle of self-transcendence.

Having had serious operations and procedures on his foot in the past few years Mark has to struggle with keeping pace to stay in a race as long as this one. He is doing the Ten Day race as a personal challenge to keep in shape and stay in the racing spirit even though he has had to walk most of the time this year.

While walking with me for a few laps Mark has offered some brilliant observations about the course here. One of the things that one usually does not see on the race reports is the activity of animal life in and around the course as the runners spend most of their days and nights going around the one mile loop in this large park in the middle of Queens, New York City.

Mark was telling me about the animals that he has observed ‘sharing’ the park with all of the runners. Some of them are more common than others and are expected to be seen in a park like this. Squirrels, raccoons, ducks, dogs and all kinds of birds are plentiful here this time of year. Other unexpected animals that have been spotted are skunks, porcupines, muskrats and rats. It could be quite shocking for a runner, especially at night, to encounter one of these more unusual animals. But since the animals are used to seeing people and are foraging for the leftover food from picnickers, etc., they just go about their own business usually unafraid and non-threatening if they not provoked by people.

Mark also related that he sees more animals in this park than when running on trails out West. He said,  “In a trail race people are making noise as they are running and they just focus on the trail as the animals hide in the bushes trying to avoid them. Here in the park they are all out because they go for the trash and the muskrats go back and forth to the lake.”

geesler.JPGJohn Geesler also offered an observation on the movement of the animals here. John is one of the Six Day runners who have won the Six Day race here a few years ago. He also was the American record holder of the 48 Hour Race until a year ago when Phil McCarthy, another runner in this year’s Six Day Race broke his American record. (Photo: Prabhakar).

John was saying that this is a flyway at this time of year and the birds heading north see this giant greenbelt and they come down to the lake. Cardinals, robins, geese, ducks and other birds come here a lot especially this time of year to share the park with these human beings who play games here as well as those who are ‘strangely’ circling around and around a one mile loop in this beautiful setting.

I would like to end with a few personal observations about Monday, April 22 here a the park, which was the end of the fifth day and beginning of the sixth day for the Ten Day runners and the end of the first day and beginning of the second day for the Six Day runners.

Sunday’s start was sunny but chilly for the Six Day runners. A whole day and night have gone by and this new group of runners have begun to tire and slow down from their faster and more energetic pace of the first few hours. Most of the Ten Day runners who have been on the course four more days than the newer runners have gotten used to the slower pace and the more frequent intervals of rest breaks and medical stopovers.

The medical tent is a great place for some runners to get out of the cold or wind or rain, although today it was not raining nor was it as windy as it had been a few days ago. It is more comfortable there than in most of the tents or dormitory facilities, so it is a place where runners get a quick break, a massage and check the status of their feet, legs, etc.

Working in the tent allows me and others who help the runners to get a really good feel for what is happening in the race. Although I have run this and other multiday races a number of times, it is more revealing to see what others are going through by working in the medical tent and spending time with each runner.

Today I spent nine hours there off and on as I would also accompany some of the runners around the course for a lap as well to see how they are doing. In that time span I, as well as other masseurs, doctors, chiropractors, etc. had seen many runners. Most of the runners so far do not have any serious problems or injuries or else they would not be allowed to stay in the race. Only one person had to drop out due to health problems. But there are always minor aches and pains and slight injuries that should be dealt with as they keep on schedule to cover as many miles as they can.

Most of the problems are muscle soreness and things such as blisters, tightness, tiredness and other temporary discomforts. Sometimes we may have to deal with a few mental problems such as lack of motivation, but in general the runners all seem to really want to enjoy the race.

As time goes on in both races now the frequency of runners stopping into medical is increasing. Yet all the runners seem in good spirits and are excited about getting back out on the course and moving forward towards their goals.

I will offer more accounts and observations from ‘medical’ as the race proceeds.