April 21 Six and Ten Day Race… Keep Going

At last it is time for the start of the 6 day race

Sahishnu introduces all the runners

Kate Condon is back after an 11 year absence

Runners at the start

A 360 view of the introductions and start

Everyone is eager for the start

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April 20 Six and 10 Day Race…Dive Deep Within

The weather has been cold and windy as the race enters its 4th day

At the end of 72 hours

This morning this is the moment when Ashprihanal set a Finnish record for 300 miles

Budjargal is 2nd with 279

The finish line is still many days away

Ilvaka in 2nd with 200

A 360 view of the race

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April 19 Six & Ten Day Race… Much to Learn

At the end of 48 hours

It has been rainy and damp most of the night

Don Winkley has 68 miles

A time for umbrellas, Elena has 126 miles

Some visitors who enjoy the weather more than the runners

To see the race in 360 click below

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April 18 Six & Ten Day Race …..New Goals

The first 24 hours have passed

The night has been cold and windy but dry

Alex and friend Samus

Zoey has 60 miles

Volodymyr has 72 miles and is about to soak his feet

Vasuprada has 57

A 360 view of the race today

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April 17 Start of 10 Day Race 2018…The Inner Journey

The course has mostly dried out since yesterday and in the morning the 10 day runners are signing in

Yuri will be running

Getting the banner up

Alex from Fort Worth

tents are mostly up

Giribhu

Petra is not running for 4 more days

Sergey and friend

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Day Before 10 Day Race 2018

Under some very challenging circumstances.  George and Erlinda Biondic set up their tent in Flushing Meadow the day before the start of the 10 Day Race

Overnight and into the morning hours rains were heavy

But Bipin is confident the course will drain by morning

Construction continues

The dugouts are the last of the major building

Once the frame is up a tarp is put over

By noon the sky was clearing

Don Winkley runs tomorrow

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6 & 10 Day Race Set Up April 15

There are still 2 days before the start of the 10 day race

Bipin and his crew have been working hard now for the past few days getting everything set up

There are many helpers like Dan who have helped with the setup many times

The kitchen at least has a roof

Race director Rupantar

Tents are going up

Tents

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Yolanda’s Finish…51 Days 17 Hours

Yolanda’s Finish Video

Final Laps

Empty chair

Smile Baby Smile

Nirbhasa getting a foot massage from his sister

“We can’t wait”

At long last

The smile

Victory

Daughter Tiffany

World Record

Presentation

Trophy

World class supporters Cathy Troisi and Kent Moore

Eddie and Valerie

The 10 Magnificent Runners

Harita’s Finish…51 Days 12 Hours 48 Minutes

Balloons

Yolanda

Dear Friends of Yolanda

Pipasa

Last Lap

photo by Jowan

Finish

At Last to sit

Dad

Feet

Singers

My Own Gratitude Heart

A great story

Day 52…My Inspiration (August 8)

Her story is a miraculous one.  Late in the race reaching the finish line for Yolanda seemed it would be an impossible task.  One, that up until not too long ago,  was receding further and further beyond her grasp.

Yet today, on Day 52 it is just 60 miles away.  Something, that as she confidently walks this morning, the last day of the race, knows is an achievable goal.  One she has worked unbelievably hard for.

Her run this summer has not just given her impressive running resume a grand new prize, but also has rewarded her with transformative experiences and shown her surprising strengths that she had known that she had within herself.  Qualities that all of us have but are seemingly only brought to the fore when we are confronted by true challenge and adversity.

“This is my last day and if I get emotional it is only because of all the love and support that I have gotten over the past 52 days.  Everyone has been so amazing.  They welcomed me in.”

“Most of all they believed in me.  Even when I was 44 miles behind.  I did a great come back.  It is going to be a long emotional day.”

I remind Yolanda that in our first interview she had hoped at some point to have a powerful emotional experience.  When asked if this is what she hoped for. “YES!  I said I wanted to cry.  I wanted to feel something special.”

“I have done over 540 marathons and ultras and I have never cried at any of them.  Now I haven’t even finished. I am only on mile 3 and I am already crying.  It is beautiful.”

Yolanda was incredibly confident when she started this years race but I am curious if when she was behind she had doubts about reaching the finish line.  “Yes, when I got sick the 3rd time.  I prayed and I talked to God.  I asked him why was this happening to me.  I know you never give me any more than I can handle.  But I can’t handle being 44 miles in the hole.  When I also have to keep doing 60 miles every day.”

“I was crying.  I was really upset and I actually said that I quit.  So I went to my aid station and got my phone and I was calling my husband and all the notifications just kept beeping and beeping.”

“They said, Yolanda you are my inspiration.  Yolanda I walked today because of you.  Yolanda you motivate me.  That was God saying to me……these people need you.  You can’t quit.”

“Then I just took off walking and kept doing the 62 miles every day and here I am.”

“I see a new me.  I see a growth.  A strength that I never ever had and I see a lot of love.  It is just overwhelming all the love and joy.”

To all those who have worked hard to fulfill Yolanda’s 52 day challenge she says, “Thank you and I am so proud of everyone of you who have taken the 52 day challenge.  The main thing is that you did it.  We did it.”

“I did my 60 plus miles a day and you all did many miles a day and you stuck with it.  52 days of working out is amazing.  You did it and I am proud of you.”

He who has inspiration

Soulful inspiration

is constantly running towards

and crying for

The Beyond

Sri Chinmoy, The outer running and the inner running, Agni Press, 1974

* This will be the last of my Daily Posts.  I am very grateful to all those who have wandered over to this blog every day and even if just from time to time.  The Sri Chinmoy Self-Transcendence 3100 mile race is impossible without the contributions, both inner and outer of so many people.  But of course the primary inspiration is Sri Chinmoy himself.  Who’s light and love continues to make miracles like this happen*

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