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** Day 52: ** This is the last day of the 14th 3100-Mile Race. Today at about 19:30 Dharbasana finished and so he became the first New Zealander to ever finish this kind of race. The other runners also had remarkable results: Surasa, as the second woman to start in this race, had an excellent result of running more than 2700 miles. Purna-Samarpan in his second attempt ran exactly 2700 miles and thus improved his last year´s performance for more than 700 miles. Ananda-Lahari and Baladev did not run their best time, but they both showed heroic effort when we take into account that this was the hottest summer in the history of New York. The average July temperature was 32°C. We had the maximum temperature of 39°C, we had one day with 38°C and several days with 37°C. On some days we had to concentrate hard to remain conscious in such a heat, because in the sun and with all the air-conditioned cars rushing around the temperatures rose highly above 40°C. Here is a video of Dharbasana´s finish and a report which was broadcast on the American TV station ABC today:

** Day 51: **A warm day without too much humidity. Pushkar finished at about 15:30. It was his second finish of three starts. It was not his personal best, but if we consider the weather this summer, still it is a remarkable result. Dharbashana should finish tomorrow in the evening. Ananda-Lahari and Baladev are still walking and heading towards the end of the race which should be tomorrow at midnight. Here is a video of Pushkar´s finish:

**Day 50:** Atmavir had a very nice weather on his last day. He finished at about 12:30. It was not his best time at all, but he had some health problems this year and , together with the extreme heat, it could be seen on his pace. The other runners continue their journey to the goal. Pushkar should finish tomorrow between 16:00 and 17:00. On Tuesday also Dharashana should finish. At the moment he runs very well. Baladev still has a problem with his Achilles tendon. Today he finished at 22:30 and he did 78 laps. Ananda-Lahari was also walking all day and he did 85 laps. Here is a short video from my finish taken by Stutisheel:

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**Day 48: **So it is over for me. Today at about 10:30 I finished my 6^{th} time

**Day 47: A t**otally wet day. So we were bathing in our own sweat. But for a while also in rain water, because at noon it was raining for about 30 minutes, which increased the humidity even more. In the evening it became colder and also the humidity decreased. This year it looks that if it was possible to run only after the sunset, when the temperature goes down a bit. Today at about 13:30 Asprihanal finished. It was his 10th finish. Shortly after 22:10 Galya finished. For him it was the second finish and a new personal best, more than 1.5 day. Atmavir went well today and he did 116 laps. Both Ananda-Lahari and Baladev mostly walked. Ananda-Lahari did 77 laps, and how many did Baladev, I do not know. I tried to do as much as possible so that I could finish tomorrow at about 10:30, and so I did 122 laps. Tomorrow I have to do 32.

Day 44: Today´s weather was almost the same as yesterday. It was about 30°C, but after the temperatures that we had it seems like winter. I do not have the speed I had a few weeks ago so I am satisfied with any result that I get. Today it was 117 laps. Baladev only walked again. His legs are still weak, so he could not do anything else. Ananda-Lahari was running from time to time like yesterday, but he went home already at 22:30. Atmavir was running until 23:15 and he did 115 laps.

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**Day 41:** A wet day. In the morning it was cloudy and about to rain. But it started to rain only in the afternoon. It went on for about an hour and then the clouds started to disappear, but all the humidity stayed. So when the sun came out, it was like in the sauna. Then in the evening, a strong wind with dark clouds came and a typical New York downpour began. It was pouring for an hour. This was the first real downpour. The humidity in the afternoon slowed me down, so I was rather surprised when I could finish with 116 laps. Today most of us had a hard time, including Atmavir. He was running all day, but finally he did 110 laps. Ananda-Lahari looked quite well today, only in the afternoon he had to walk. Baladev was walking most of the day. Neither Ananda-Lahari nor Baladev observe how many they do laps during the day. Many times they go home without knowing how much they did. This was also one of those days, so I do not know either. Tomorrow another hot day is expected.

**Deň 40: **A warm day, but luckily there was not much humidity, so it was manageable. But no matter hard I tried to move my legs faster in the morning and in the afternoon, it did not work. As it there was no more strength in them. It was better in the evening. Finally I managed to do 115 laps. Atmavir, who also alternated running and walking during the day, sped up in the evening and finally he did 112 laps. Baladev ran a little in the morning, but then he only walked. The previous day consummed all the energy in his feet. Ananda-Lahari also walked most of the day. But they both went home before I could ask them how many laps they did.

Day 38: A hard day. I do not mean the day itself was hard, but it was hard after yesterday. Many people said that they are tired after yesterday. The same was with me. I wanted to do as much as I could so I tried in the morning, but somehow it did not work. I was simply tired. The morning was cloudy, but then the sun appeared again and it became hot. Only after the sunset I was better. At last I even did 118 laps. Atmavir said that he also had a hard day, but then he fulfilled his resolution and ran 112 laps. Baladev had a worse day. He could not run, so he was sentenced to walking. He did 91 laps till 23:10. Ananda-Lahari was running most of the time, but I did not meet him before he went home, so I do not know how many laps he did.

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**Day 35:** Today it was hot and it totally hit Atmavir again. Already yesterday he started to feel as if the sun was taking away his energy, but tohay it really hit him. He had to walk all day. In this way he was able to do 85 laps. Baladev continued with his beaks also today. It worked, but he was gradually losing his speed. But in spite of that he managed to do 103 laps. Ananda-Lahari also continued with his yesterday´s tactic of frequent breaks.But he was losing his speed even faster than Baladev. At last he had to walk at midday. He did 92 laps. I had a very good morning but I also gradually lost my speed, only not so fast as the others. Finally I did 118 laps.

**Day 34: **It helped Baladev that he went home earlier yesterday. Today he was running all day and he was running very fast. He was so fast that he could have a short break every two hours and in spite of that shortly after 23:00 he had 109 laps. Ananda-Lahari was trying a similar technique. Every 1-2 hours he had a short break. In this way he could also run all day, but more slowly than Baladev. At last he did 93 laps. The weather was hot today, but it would not be so bad if not for the humidity. Too much humidity. We were swiming in the rivers of sweat all day. Atmavir was running all day, but as he told me, the heat was very exhausting for him. He disappeared before I could ask him how much he did. As for me, the humidity got me. Not only it takes even the last drop of energy, but at the same time, the sweat combined with the dirt and friction is very aggressive to the skin. The most exposed places get sore, bruised and you get various rashes. Everything itches and stings and that makes it even more exhausting. In these circumstances I did 118 laps.

**Day 33: I**t is late, so only in brief. Baladev had a hard time also today. In the morning he had abslolutely no energy. He was recommended to go to sleep sooner in the evening to get a good rest. So he went home at 22:00 with about 70 laps. Ananda-Lahari mostly walked and did 95 laps. Atmavir did 118, the same as me.

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**Day 29: **Baladev had problems also today. He could not digest and also he had a problem with energy. Therefore he had to walk all day. Only in the evening his digestion improved, but as for his energy, he had to wait for a long time. So we must only hope that he will be OK tomorrow and he will be able to run properly. Ananda-Lahari also had to walk most of the time and when I asked him in the evening how much he did, he could not even tell me. Atmavir was running quicky all day and he was a little disappointed when he finally had only 116 laps. I was a little slower than yeasterday and it showed in the total results. I did 118 laps.

**Day 28: **Today was almost** **100% different from yesterday. Unlike yesterday when almost nobody was running, today almost everybody was running. Baladev had a stomach problem which took all his energy and so he had to walk all day. At last he did 85 laps. Ananda-Lahari did better. Although he was walking a lot, he could also run and so at last he did 95 laps. Atmavir did much better. He was running all day and he was quite fast. So he had 120 laps already at 23:10. I had a good run again and in the evening I was trying to keep my pace. At last I did 121 laps before midnight. Today a few drops fell. But it was only a drizzle, so it was not even worth taking an umbrella.

**Day 27: T**oday was a very special day. First, Purna-Samarpan was missing at the start. He had problems with his back yesterday. He came only in a few hours when he got a little better. Second, almost everybody was walking. As if only now the suffering of hot days started to bear its fruit. Even such top athletes as Asprihanal were walking all day. Let us hope tomorrlow everything will be OK. Atmavir had a good day and he did 120 laps, the same as yesterday . Baladev was walking most of the morning and also in the afternoon. In the evening he was also running, but not at his usual pace. I do not know how much he did. But Ananda-Lahari had to walk all day and finally he did 86 laps. I had quite a good day and shortly before midnight I had 119 laps.

**Day 26: **One day with a more normal temperature at last. It was not really cold, but it was perfect anyway, because it was only

**Day 25: **A hard hot day, full of surprises. The first surprise was that Stutisheel did not appear at the start. His knee did not improve so they recommended him to stay at home today. Yeasterday in the afternoon he went to hospital for examination, but the results have not come yet, so he will probably not run until then. Another surprise was that when Asprihanal came to the start, he had such stomach problems that he was not able to start at all. He was lying in the car the whole morning and in the afternoon he was taken to hospital for examination. He did not come back, but tomorrow he should be OK. Atmavir did very well. After yesteerday´s visit at the doctor he felt better and in spite of terrible heat he could run at a good pace for the whole day. He did 118 laps. Baladev also went very well. With his steady pace he did 113 laps. Ananda-Lahari had more problems and as he told me at noon, when it was the hottest, it is most important to survive. He kept his word and by 23:10 he did 90 laps. I had a very hard day. Already in the morning it was clear that I will have problems with energy. As the temperature was rising, the energy was leaving me. It was strange because I felt energy in my legs, but the energy in the rest of my body was missing. Only in the evening, when the sun started to set, as if by a miracle, my energy returned. I finished 2 minutes before the midnight about 20m after Baladev. We both did 113 laps. Tomorrow the temperature should drop to

**Day 24: **Another hot day, as we expected. Luckily, in the afternoon a few clouds came and they covered the sun at least for some time. The heat is really exhausting, we cannot take a rest even at night. For example, now it is almost half past midnight and the temperature in my room is

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**Day 21: **The day was hot and it brought Peto down again. It seems there is something wrong with him. Stutisheel had a similar problem a couple of years ago. As soon as the temperature rose above a certain point, his body switched off, he lost all his energy and he was only able to walk.. The same with Peto now. As soon as the temperature rises, his body switches off and he cannot get enough energy from his body to run. So he only walks. Today until 23:00 he did 82 laps. Pali is getting back to his normal shape. Today he did 108 laps until 23:50.Ananda-Lahari also had a very good day and he did 113 laps until 23:50. I did surprisingly well and in spite of the heat I could do 127 laps. Stutisheel has had quite a big problem with his knee. He has to walk only.

**Day 20: F**rom tomorrow on, the weather is getting warmer. Not that it was cold in the last days, but this year the temperature below

**Day 19: **Peto is OK again,running at top speed. He was running since the morning and he was running fast. Finally he stayed until 23:20 and he had 129 laps. Ananda-Lahari had a little weaker day. After 23:00 he finished with 98 laps. Also Pali is recovering slowly. Today he did 95 laps. I had quite a good day again. 5 min before midnight I had 125 laps. Today I crossed the 2000km line, so there is only 3000km to go.

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**Day 17: T**oday we all hoped the weather to cool down. But we have to wait until tomorrow. Although it was not so hot as in the last days, everybody is so tired of it that the very image of a hot day frightens us. Peto tried to run in the morning but soon after it got warmer his yesterday´s problems returned and he had to start walking. In the evening, when it was colder, he tried to run again and it was better. If it gets colder tomorrow, he may be OK. At 23:00 he had some 87 laps. Pali and Ananda.Lahari today also joined him in walking. Both of them said that their legs are completely empty. They finished at 23:00, Pali had 97 laps and Ananda-Lahari had one or two laps less. I also had a problem in the morning. I gat a diarrhoea and I was completely dehydrated and without energy. Luckily I somehow recovered until noon and I could run again. The evening was nice, without the unpleasant humidity. I finished with 118 laps.

**Day 16: **Another hot and therefore also hard day. Luckily the heat lasted only until 13:00, then it became cloudy and finally there was a shower. But it helped to clear the atmosphere. Many of us had problems on this third hot day in a row. One of them was Peto who looked tired since the morning. He had to walk all day. The heat consummed all his energy. He finished at 22:30 with 77 laps. Ananda-Lahari was not influenced by the weather and in the evening he eved did a few sprinting laps. He seemed to be runnning one lap maybe in 4 min. He finished at 23:30 with 112 laps. Pali could manage it a little better than yesterday, so he did 111 laps until 23:25. I was falling asleep since the morning. The heat got me. But in spite of that I managed to keep certain speed. The evening was pleasantly cool, only a little humid. I finished 3 minutes before midnight with 124 laps.

**Day 13:** Quite a pleasant day. It was hot, but not extremely hot, so somehow we could manage it. Pali had a little problem. He was falling asleep since the morning and he did not recover until the evening. At last he ran 105 laps until 23:15. Ananda-Lahari also went home at 23:15, but he did 112 laps. I do not know how much Peto did, because he disappeared before I could ask him about it. I had quite a good day. I did 126 laps.

**Day 12: **Another hot day. This time more of us had a problem to handle it. Even the super runners like Peto and Asprihanal had a hard time. At 3 pm it looked like a real downpour, but somehow it did not happen. It cooled down only after 20:00 when the sun set. It really was a tough experience for me, especially the last 3 hours. But finally I did 122 laps. Peto finished at 23:00 with 118 laps. Ananda-Lahari and Pali finished at 23:30 with112 laps.

**Day 11: **A hot day. But luckily the wind was blowing and it was not so humid, so at last we survived it. But for tomorrow the forecast is

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Day 7: The first week is over. Up to now nobody had any injuries. But today Surasa and Dharbasana had to walk. Surasa had a problem with shin splint a few days and today it really started to hurt. Dharbasana had a problem with his ankle which got swollen. Let us hope they recover soon. Pali had quite a good day. Shortly after 23:00 he had 112 laps. Ananda-Lahari was a bit slower, but he finished before 23:30 with105 laps. Peto is having a great run. He finished after 23:00 with 127 laps. I had quite a good day, I was a little faster than usually, but in the afternoon my speed went down and I had to run until midnight to have 117 laps.

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Day 1: In the morning we all came to the start a little sooner to prepare the last things. We were pleasantly surprised by the Slovak consul in New York Igor Pokojny, who came with his wife to look at the start of the race. He comes regularly to this kind of events where Slovak runner participate. The weather forecast said: rainfall possible, but it did not look like it at all. It was warm and partly cloudy. Each of us started with his/her own pace. I felt quite well so I went a little faster. Peto started a little slower because he still not recovered from a flu he got before the start. Today he sounded quite hoarse. Asprihanal, who is also recovering form an illness, started a bit more slowly, but during the day he speeded up. After my break which I had from15:00 till 15:30, the forecasted rain began. It was not too heavy and it felt quite nice, because in the afternoon it was quite hot and humid. The rain grew stronger and then weaker, but it went on until the end. My feet felt sore and a few blisters appeared. In the end I was quite tired, but others as if they got a second breath. First of us finished Ananda-Lahari at 22:15 with 125 laps, 15 minutes later Pali with excellent 131 laps and at 23:00 Peto with 139 laps. I finished at 23:35 with145 laps. For tomorrow is promised warm weather again.

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Day -3: The last three days remain until the start of the 14th annual longest certified race in the world. This year 11 runners from 8 countries will participate. Slovakia is represented by three runners and Czech Republic by one. The most important change has taken place in women´s cathegory. For the first time in 14 years we will miss Suprabha, who is the only one to run all the 13 annual races. Here is the list of all runners:

Surasa Maier (51 years, Vienna, Austria)

Surasa is the second woman in history who will run the 3100 mile race. In 2003 she broke the world records of 1000 km (7 days +16:08:37) and 700 miles (8 days+15:34:13). In 2001 she broke the world record of 1300 miles (17 days and 21 hours). Her split time of 1000 miles is the second best in history even today (13 days and 17 hours). In 2000 she also won the 1000 mile race in 14 days and 12 hours. In 2007 she won the 10 day race with 595 miles.

Asprihanal Aalto (39 years, Finland)

Asprihanal is second in the world charts of the 3100 mile race with his time of 43 days 04:26:32. He won this race 6 times, in 2000, 2001, 2004, 2007, 2008 a 2009. Three years in a row he participated in three multiday races in New York each year (6 days , 3100 miles and 700 miles). He won the 6 day race three times, the last one this year with 505 miles (812km) and he won three times in 700 mile race (his best time is 9 days and 5 hours).

Petr Spacil (32 rokov, Zlin, Czech Republic)

last year Petr won the 3rd place in 45 days and 3 hours. In 2008 he finshed it in 48 days 11 hours. In 2007 he ran his first 3100 mile race in 52 days 12 hours, only a few days after he won the 10 day race with 670 miles (1078km). He has run 17 ultraa and one long triathlon. In 2004 he ran 1300 mile race 1085 miles (1746km) in 18 day. In 24 hour race he ran 209km.

Vladimir Balatsky (38 years, Doneck, Ukraine)

Vladimir ran his first 3100 mile race in 48 days 2 hours. During 9 years he ran 10 ultras and 6 multiday races. His personal best in 10-day race was 660 miles and in 6-day race 427 miles.

Pranjal Milovnik (37 years, Bratislava, Slovakia)

Pranjal will run for the 6th time this year. Last year he ran his best time of 3100 mile race, 48 days 6 hours. In 16 years he ran 58 marathons and 37 ultras, including 11 multiday races. He has run also three long triathlons.

Stutisheel Lebedyev (40 rokov, Kiev, Ukraine)

Stutisheel ran 3100 mile race 6 times, his personal best time was last year. 48 days and 12 hours. He ran more than 25 ultras and his best marathon time is 2:46

Pushkar Mullauer (36 years, Zurich, Switzerland)

Last year he ran 3100 miles in 49 days 2 hours. The previous year he ran 2290 miles, and then he had to stop because of injuries. He has run 22 ultras including 6 multidays.

Ananda-Lahari Zuscin (35 years, Kysak, Slovakia)

Ananda-Lahari will run 3100 miles for the 6th time. His best time he had in 2006 - 49 days 14:25:37. He has been running for 20 years. In his youth he was an excellent orientational runner.

Pavol Saraz (34 years, Komjatice, Slovakia)

Last year Pavol ranl 3100 miles in 54 days 14 hours. In10 years he ran 27 ultras including 5 multidays. In 2007 he ran 636 miles (1024 km) in 10-day race.

Purna-Samarpan Querhammer (33 years, Hamburg, Germany)

This is his second attempt in 3100 mile race. Last year he ran 1884 miles and then he had to finish because of his injury. In 13 years he ran 23 ultras, 4 multiday races and a lot of marathons.

This will be his first time in 3100 mile race. In 12 years he ran 14 ultras and 4 multiday races. He ran 347 miles in the 6 day race and 442 miles in the 10 day race.