For his record breaking performance in the 19th Annual Self-Transcendence 3,100 Mile Race in 2015, Pekka Ashprihanal Aalto was voted by his peers as the Best Finnish Male Ultra-runner for 2015. The award is presented by ultrajuoksu.fi which is Finlands main ultrarunning website. Following is a translated exerpt from the article:
How do you train for a race?
I was distributing newspapers in the mornings. I was running with the carriage and distributing newspapers in an area, where they did not have elevators in the buildings. Already by that you got a good basic training. In addition, I did some extra running few times a week.
When coming closer to the race, I was running less often, but extending the distance of the runs. Normal distance is 40 km. During the days between, I did some walking.
How do you feel after the race, during next weeks?
After my first race, somebody told me that I am only watching the walls. But I was feeling very satisfied. It feels that there is no need to do anything. But nowadays, I try to do something after the race.
Other articles in Finnish from ultrajuoksu.fi on the 2015 Self-Transcendence 3,100 Mile Race include:
- June 13, 2015 article (prior to the race start) containing complete history of all 3,100 mile race finishers under 50 days.
- July 24, 2015 article on the day Ashprihanal finished the race. The articles contains a list of every race Ashprihanal has run since 1999, along with a collage of photos of Ashprihanal, one from every day of his 3,100 mile run.
- August 7 article with daily mileage of Ashprihanal's record breaking run as well as a list of final mileage total for all competitors.