July 19… An Amazing Experience

“I am alive and happy.”

Speaking with Yuri this morning he somehow makes what he has just done look deceptively easy.  Late yesterday evening he completed 2000 miles.  For the few who were there to witness it. Some bells were rung and he slowed for just a moment and then quickly kept going.  He still has a long long way to go.

Today it is day 31, which will mean he has spent a full month circling Thomas Edison High school.  His 2009 miles (3,233km) would take him just about to the coast of Portugal from his home in Vinnitsa in Ukraine

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“My body is not used to the heat.  That is why I have to put in a lot of effort in order to overcome it.”

Of course it has been hot and humid for the past few days but today is a delightful break for Yuri and all the runners.

As a comparison, the temperature today in Vinnitsa is 68 F (20 C).  Where as the typical temperature here is in the high 80’s F ( near 30C)


“There are many ways to overcome it.  Dr Kumar recommends salt water with lemon.  I also take special pills that protect me from the heat.  I put ice underneath my hat and when that doesn’t help I take ice into my hands.  The most important thing though is your inner state.”

“I begin to pray and this prayer makes me whole.  Then nothing from the outer world can harm me.  It is a very strong method.”

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“I have already said that the first half of the race is very hard.  But in the second half of the race you open up.  You are very receptive.  I had an experience in the evening just as everything was starting to cool down.  All the confusion and noise was gone.”

“I was very relaxed but at the same time very focused.  In one moment I felt as though I was expanding.  At the same time I became more subtle.  It lasted for what seemed a long time.”

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“I felt as though I became the size of the whole universe.  I was in every dot of the universe.  I was everywhere and everything was in me.  At the same time I was very subtle.  I felt as though I was almost invisible.  I was very receptive.  I could still feel everything.”

“This was a very strong inner experience.  I have never had anything like this before.  It comes again and again when you immerse yourself in this state of being.”

“It is an amazing experience.”

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Morning begins.
I begin to pray.
God begins to give.
In silence supreme
He gives me His All.

Sri Chinmoy, My Christmas-New Year-Vacation Aspiration-Prayers, Part 20, Agni Press, 2003

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The Board



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How it looks a little later

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The van comes

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Vajra leaves

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Kaneenika comes

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Misha reading

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Stutisheel had the best day yesterday 64 miles

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Surasa checking the sheet

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Some drink from last night

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Dirty laundry

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Start Day 31


First steps

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It will be a great day on the course

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Atmavir had 43 miles yesterday


He now has 2020 miles and is 60 miles ahead of last year


Today is cooler and he is moving better

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Yuri did 63 miles yesterday


He has 2009 miles.  Staying cool

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By the fence

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“Yah, I thought I was going to Rio this year.  But in the trials I hit the last hurdle.  Don’t count me out for 2020 in Tokyo.  I am only 2 years old after all.”


Tech talk


Almost unnoticed


No squirrels and no obstacles

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Coming into camp

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Ashprihanal did 60 miles.  Still not feeling 100%


He has 1992 miles


Working on a play with Stutisheel

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These are my golden children

When they run,

every breath of theirs enters into my heart-

affection, love, sweetness, and fondness for them.

Sri Chinmoy

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Morning glory

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Vasu continues to improve a little each day.  He also had 60 miles

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He has 1949 miles


Past the trees

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Kaneenika had 63 miles

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She now has 1914 miles and is 114 miles ahead of last year

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Surasa had 46 miles


She now has 1880 miles.  Still 21 miles ahead of last year


She is confident and cheerful

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Service road

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Sopan did 44 miles

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He has 1728 miles


Heading out past a gladiola

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Wide camp

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Baladev did 51 miles


He has 1707 miles



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Stutisheel did the most miles of anybody yesterday, 64.


He has 1699 miles


Nirjharini and the cooks have come

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Fixing shoes

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Ananda-Lahari did 45 miles




He has 1600 miles


Past the fence

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“I like everything.”  Udbhasita has been working with the kitchen crew since the beginning of the race as well as singing with the Enthusiasm Awakeners.

“For me singing is a very very important part of my spiritual life.  Very often it works better for me than meditation itself.  Singing for me is a very good form of meditation.  It is something that can really take me within myself.”


Special attention


“I am trying to do this same thing when I work in the kitchen as well.  I try and really dedicate my work to the highest, and also try and work with love.”

“But of course when you get busy, you have to concentrate.  Sometimes it is easy and then again sometimes it can be on the mental level.  But when I sing I can always just dive deep within.  It is like a flow of meditation.”

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Alakananda Reads the Daily Poem

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Enthusiasm Awakeners


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On earth my experience is helplessness, utter helplessness.

In Heaven my experience is satisfaction, constant satisfaction.

In God my experience is perfection, total perfection.

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