Day 48…Our Aspiration-Heart (August 2)

Sporting events have a unique way of capturing our imagination with defining moments of excellence if not transcendence.  Since I was quite small the image of Roger Bannister being the first to break the 4 minute barrier in the mile has always been a feat that continues to inspire me even though that mark has long been surpassed by so many others.

The reason I am impressed by that one in particular is that I have run many miles and though I am far from the caliber of Roger Bannister I can identify with 4 laps of the track at top speed.  But how many of us can even come close to fully grasping the magnificent accomplishment of Ashprihanal here today when he finished the race for the 15th time.

Once you take even a modest poke at all his statistics and records a veritable avalanche of data can inundate you.  I am not a very thorough journalist but I suspect there just may be no one else in the world who has come close to achieving what this 48 year old runner from Vihti Finland has accomplished here this morning on top of everything else he has done.

A letter from his counsel general in New York said, “our warmest congratulations.  You have shown us the Finnish strong will and determination, to make it to the finish line.  We are truly proud of you.”

Sahishnu said, “you are extraordinarily talented, kind, and considerate of your fellow runners and your fellow human beings.  He completed the race in 47 days, 1 hour, and 39 minutes.  An average of 65.864 miles a day.  That is the 36th best performance in the history of the race out of 156 performances.  You are still on top of the board of the 43 runners.”

“This is extraordinary.  You grace us with your presence at every race.  All these feats of incredible endurance, it is absolutely amazing.  I know Sri Chinmoy is beaming with joy, enthusiasm, and gratitude for you and for us being allowed to do this thing.  This 3100 is an amazing event.  As you well know and you grace it with your divine presence.  You are an amazing guy.”

The Board at the Start of Day 48

Camp early








Start Day 48


A good morning

Ashprihanal starts the day with 3092 miles

Just 8 miles to go

A little tired on the way there

A few photographers to greet him

Looking for the best shot

Singers sang

Fellow runners took a short break

Lots of picture taking

He was congratulated by all

Cooks were honored

Then it was done


Rupantar on the move

Nirbhasa has 2998 miles

He made 65

Worked on by Mitch

Making 3000

With Peterson

Will finish tomorrow afternoon


Niriha and friends

Vasu has 2953 miles

He did 64 miles

All eyes now upon him

Keeping hydrated

The finish line approaches


Sahishnu and Rupantar

Ananda-Lahari has 2921 miles

He did 66 miles

The very long road



Smarana has 2854 miles

He ran 57

31 miles ahead of Harita

Staying hydrated



Harita has 2823 miles… the magic number is 2801

She ran 56

With one of the morning walkers she has befriended

Doing well and slowly getting stronger


Luana on shoe detail


Todor has 2774 miles…. the magic number is 2801

He did 62

With Kalpa

With Todor



Ushika has 2489 miles

He did 50

With Max





Patricia with multiple hands

Gardening Patricia

“Very sad party, potato chips and no dip.”

Poem of the Day held by Karnayati

God’s Heaven-Music
My heart every

Sri Chinmoy

Aug. 2nd, 2006

Enthusiasm Awakeners

As the road is endless,
Even so, our aspiration-heart
Has to be tireless.

2 Comments to “Day 48…Our Aspiration-Heart (August 2)”

  1. Hridayinee Williams says:

    CONGRATULATIONS ASHPRIHANAL! What an incredible victory. Gratitude from our hearts to yours. Also happy to stay up last night and watch your finish on the webcam…. before midnight New Zealand time.
    Thx for the thorough report Utpal.

  2. Tam says:

    Truly beautiful coverage of Ashprihanal’s victory. I’m moved by his radiant joy and humility. His celebratory cake was gorgeous. It will be great fun following the other runners over the next few days!

    p.s. I’ve been meaning to thank you and Dipali for her race tips–a favorite part of your reports.

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