Tuesday, April 25, 2006

Big NY 6 Day 10 Day Races starting

Big NY 6 Day/ 10 Day Races Starting--

     The annual Self-Transcendence 6 and 10 Day Races in historic =
Flushing-Corona Park, Queens, New York begin this week (10 Day Wed. Apr. 26, 6 Day Sun. Apr. 30).

     A combined field of close to 70 runners is set to take on the 1
mile loop along the shores of Meadow Lake (some of the same bike trail was home to Don Ritchie's 1979 road 100 mile record of 11:51 as well as many other records).  Yiannis Kouros has run many remarkable races in this park.

     Flushing-Corona Park is where the US Open tennis tourney is held, the 1939 and 1964-65 World's Fairs were located, the METS play baseball, and a large Zoo and other attractions are.

   Runners in the field include USA ultra veterans John Geesler, Glen
Turner, Dave Luljak, and Bob Oberkehr.  Other top runners include
Women's world 6 day road record holder (510 mi.) Dipali Cunningham of
Australia, Lithuania's (and Brooklyn's) Rimas Jackelaitis (the ONLY
person currently living in North America to have done 600 miles in 6
days), and Canada's Trishul Cherns (538 miles, also more multi-day races
completed than any runner in history).  Several top European
ultrarunners are expected to toe the line.

   The modern day ratified US best 6 day mark is 554 miles 72 yds by
George Gardiner.  US womens mark=3D 487 mi. 1585 yds. by Donna Hudson.

   If you go to     www.multidays.com           and click the Sri
Chinmoy Marathon Team link there should be race updates, a virtual
cheering section, etc.

   6 Day Races were contested in New York City for many years before
1900, made a comeback in the early 1980s, and today in 2006 are still
going strong.

Best of luck to all these multi-day runners as well as the handlers, lap counters and race workers.

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