With just a little more than an hour remaining in the day, a very joyful Yuri Trostenyuk crossed the finish line of the Self Transcendence 3100 mile race for the 3rd time. After songs had been sung and a cake and flowers offered to him Yuri had this to say.
“Today a very important job has been done by me. Heaven has sent a message. The earth is happy that it has received the light of the heaven. Every one of the runners of the 3100 mile race is a winner.”
“I have transcended myself. (21 hours faster than last year) I have conquered my inner imperfections. I have dived deep inside my heart and I saw God himself there. I saw joy and happiness there. I am very grateful to all of your kind hearts and prayerful hands for all the help that has been offered to me.”
“And I have special words of gratitude for Souls from the Oneness Dream Boat Shore. This achievement came from the power of their soul’s love. That was the source of my energy. My energy and my power I took from the Oneness Dream Boat Shore heart power.”
“Today my heart is all about joy, happiness, and love. I want to share all of this with you.” (Throws his heart again and again out to the crowd with wide sweeping gestures of his hands.”
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“This year was Yuri’s 3rd consecutive finish. He ran it in a personal best of 45 days, 16 hours, and 45 minutes. Taking 21 hours and 55 minutes of his previous best.”
“If you consider last year he took 3 days off his previous best. It is not easy to do this, to keep getting faster and faster.”
“Another ironic thing that he did with all the personal bests. He started the race in 9th fastest all time and he ended up in 11th place thanks to Ashprihanal, Galya, and Vasu. They all ran extremely well as did he. The first 4 finishers have all set personal bests. This is an incredible race.”
” Yuri you are nothing but heart. When you run you run with the heart. You run with the heart of not only Oneness Dream Boat Shore but of all the seekers of the world.”
“You are 50 years old. But your are more like 5 years old. You run with a sweetness and a subtle intensity is also there. You are trying to please your Supreme in his own way. It is a beautiful thing. We are all so grateful that you are such a shining example for all other seekers, for decades to come. Age is no barrier. You are the proof.”
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More pictures from last night…. smiles everywhere
Nirbhasa on the road.
Stutisheel coming through came with Atandra
Yuri with just a few laps more.
Day 47 Begins.
Yuri arrives to complete his 5,000 km.
Kaneenika and friends.
Surasa checking her very good results and also everyone else still in the field.
Going out for just a few laps more.
Start Day 47:
It won’t take long
Smiles for miles.
Yuri greeted by Enthusiasm Awakeners
One lap more.
The goal arrived at last.
Ashprihanal honors his friend.
There will be thunder showers off and on throughout the day.
Atmavir had 71 miles yesterday.
He now has 2918 miles and should finish on Saturday.
Ashprihanal checking the results sheets. Some of the finishers will be going off to the beach today.
The sun shines only briefly.
For a short time it really rains.
Surassa had 62 miles yesterday.
She now has 2880 miles.
Stutisheel ran 63 miles yesterday.
Stutisheel has 2798 miles.
A smile on a rainy day.
Stutisheel and Grahak perform a skit.
After the applause.
Nirbhasa passing by a poem
Nirbhasa did 58 miles and now has 2769 miles.
“I heard this loud sound coming from the back left side of the car. But darn, now that I have stopped I can’t see anything wrong.”
Kaneenika did 51 miles yesterday.
Caught in the shower.
A vine sneaks in while no one was looking.
Kaneenika now has 2724 miles.
Ananda-Lahari had 43 miles yesterday.
He now has 2416 miles.
Happy birds in the tree.
Is it clear that Baladev is coming?
Baladev did 41 miles yesterday.
A little traffic on the sidewalk.
Things happening on the board.
Vasu tells a story:
“When the race started many years ago. Vajra would do like he does now, pick up garbage all around the course.”
Vasu says that one day Guru noticed him doing it one day but did not say anything. Vajra realized that by picking up all the litter and garbage he was removing obstacles for all the runners.
“If the road is clean, than the runners can run faster, and so reach their goals faster.” Vajra says that once he had bagged everything up he threw it in the universal consciousness.
“We can reach our inner goal faster.”
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kakali recites the Daily Prayer
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Heaven is not infinite miles
Above my head.
Heaven is right here,
Deep inside my God-gratitude-heart.