Re: From 200 metres to 33,700 Miles
- Hi Everybody,
When I turn my thoughts to Suprabha, I find myself remembering how
recently in history that women were prohibited from running in the
Boston Marathon. The first woman had to just jump in and run it
unofficially. My how times have changed when a woman participates in
the world's longest race.
In that light, I fully expect she will be prominently featured in
history books someday as a pioneer in the world of female athleticism.
And I am so proud of her to think that she is the only individual -
male or female - to actually participate in every single edition of
this race over the last 11 years.
I took some photos of her while I was in NY over the weekend and
thanks to the miracle of lending someone your memory card there is
already a "Suprabha" album at the 3100 mile race site. It can be
quickly reached through the url shortcut http://tinyurl.com/35c8oz
Rather than using that however, I highly recommend perusing the entire
4 runners have finished 3100 miles and more are due to finish soon,
including two tomorrow August 6th. Asprihanal was extraordinary with
his common 70+ mileage days steady through the race. He was the first
finisher, completing the distance on July 31st.
When I wandered and waited along the race track to take photos (mostly
but not only of Suprabha), that rhythm really started to sink in. They
would come by over and over on the half mile loop and the magnitude of
doing that for (is it about 18 hours a day?)so long through all kinds
of weather, etc. is quite awe-inspiring.
True confessions - I was mostly seated under the shade of a tree
during the scorchingly hot summer weather while I took pictures and
waited for them to come back around. Their perspective was altogether
much more vertical :-)