Date: Fri, 18 Feb 2011 17:21:15 -0500
From: Marrk Dorion
Subject: World-Class International Ultrarunners Coming to NY Self-Trans. Ultras
In just 8 weeks, the annual NEW YORK SELF-TRANSCENDENCE 6 and 10 Day Races get underway in historic Flushing Meadows-Corona Park in New York City. Some of the world class runners slated to compete include Australia’s Sarah Barnett, a globetrotting ultrarunner who has won multiday races in Africa, Europe, Australia and the USA in the past years. She has run 687 miles in 10 days. Also expected to compete on the distaff side in the 10 day is Slovakian-American Kaneenika Terezia Janakova, who holds the NY 10 day record with 707 miles.
World road 6 day record holder (514+ miles) Dipali Cunningham is expected to defend her 6 day crown (she is undefeated in the women’s division of the 6 day, including winning a thrilling battle with Arizona’s Pam Reed–491 miles– in 2009). Dipali has also won the race outright on several occasions.
Several world class Russian and Ukrainian ultrarunners will be in the mix, including the 2010 overall 10 day winner “Smilin'” Yuri Trostenuk and runner-up Igor Mudryk. Most years this is the USA’s most international ultra, with +-20 countries represented.
The 2011 1+ mile loop will be a new but historic one, circling a main area of the 1964-65 World’s Fair (now several large cricket pitches used daily by great cricketers of Indian, Pakistani and Caribbean origin), running alongside the famous Meadow Lake boardwalk, and finishing along the manicured, tree-lined Sri Chinmoy Drive (a 600 yard stretch of shady bikepath named for the late spiritual leader and author-composer).
Best wishes to all ultrarunners around the globe and Happy Washington’s Birthday–