About the author:

Rupantar has been the race director of the Sri Chinmoy Marathon Team since 1985, having been asked by Sri Chinmoy to serve in that capacity. As well as working on the big races the US Marathon Team organise each year - the 3100 Mile Race and the Six and 10 Day Race - he also spends a considerable amount of time archiving the Marathon Team's 40 year history on this website.

 

Like a good soufflé, the cream rises, steadily  and unerringly.  Kaneenika Janacova ,two-time defending women’s champion in the Ten Day race, whipped  another day of 64 miles to take the overall lead by seven miles. What  is most special  about that day total is that she and her cohorts  ran throughout  the day of rain and the night of cold rain, punctuated by  a spectacular  thunderstorm that  flooded everything in sight  in Flushing Meadows Park. The men crept behind, led by Yuri Trostenyuk,  with 487 miles,who keeps holding the lead from his other male  counterparts , and Igor Mudryk, with 480 miles. Volodymyr Hluyshchuk  is at 412 miles but is feeling the heat  from young Mykhailo Ukrainsky who  lurks only nine miles behind. Back on the distaff side, Jayasalini Abramovskikh  has garnered 462 miles but feels pressure from behind by the multiday  rookie Manjula Boehler of Austria, who is running a fine race so far with 445 miles

In the companion Six Day, Alex Swenson fromVashon,Washington  has the three-day  lead with 245 miles, closely  followed by Dipali Cunningham, (243 miles)the perennial  women’s champion who seeks to win the race overall  again.  In a bid for the top tiers sit two 3100 mile runners, Vladimir Balatskyy  and Smarana  Puntigam, both residents of Austria, who remain at 224 miles and 214 miles, respectively. At this point  in the race six men and one woman are over 200 miles completed, with less than half the race remaining. With yet another 36 hours of rain expected, our heroes  from both races  must summon the willpower to continue on and fight the good fight. Yet, the outer race is still in question, the final places yet to be determined.

More about:

Sri Chinmoy Ten and Six Day Races

View event page »