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August 3: God’s Embrace (Utpal)

Augu 3, 2016
I greet Yuri this morning with, “we won’t be doing this again.”

It is his last full day of running and by early tomorrow his 3100 mile race will be over for this year.  He starts the day with just 84 more miles left to run.


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July 2: Lots of Prayers to Say and Miles to Run (Utpal)

Augu 2, 2016
“I think I felt it last week.  There was a point when I was able to do 100 laps.”

That point of course was when at last Kaneenika was able to see that she would be able to complete all 3100 miles of the race.  She is rightfully cautious as she expresses this optimism.  There is still the very real job of taking on the last 421 miles over the course of the final 8 days.

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August 1: I Hope I Can Make It (Utpal)

Augu 1, 2016
I don’t usually ask runners questions about their day to day life while they are running.  My logic, if there is any, is that if they talk about their other lives it will be a distraction from the very real pursuit which they have to face here every day for 52 days.

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(Русский) 31 июля: Я очень близко (Утпал)

July 31, 2016
“Everybody says that each race is different.  This race is absolutely different for me.  What can I say.  I had a wonderful easy first half and then this came.” . “The thing is that I accepted it and it is like it is.”

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July 30: It Takes All of Me (Utpal)

July 30, 2016
Have you arrived at God’s castle? “I am very close.”  

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July 29, I Love The Race (Utpal)

July 29, 2016
“A very good morning,” Stutisheel says as he greets me.

The rain is falling heavy enough to bounce off his umbrella.  The streets throng with the noisy jostling of thick morning traffic.  Stutisheel is now a 1,000 miles away from the goal and he has only 12 days left in which to do it. He is walking on a cool wet morning and yet he still smiles.



July 27: We Can Do More (Enthusiasm Awakeners Anniversary) Utpal

July 27, 2016
It all takes place in less than an hour.  The singing, clapping, and offering of treats to the runners.

Who most likely have slept little, are aching and weary beyond belief, and are staring into the mouth of a mileage chasm that seems at times impossible to fill or even satisfy.

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