Aalto Repeats at Self-Transcendence 3100 Mile
New York, New York, July 30. Asprihanal Aalto from Helsinki, Finland, won the 14th Annual Self-Transcendence 3100-Mile Race in a time of 46 days, 7 hours, 37 minutes and 24 seconds. This was the tenth finish at the 3100-mile race for Aalto, and the seventh victory for him. He averaged 66.93 miles per day.
Some nine hours later, Galya Balatsky, a native of Ukraine living in Austria, finished second in 46 days + 16:18:34. Pranjal Milovnik of Slovakia finished third in 47 days + 4:19:39. The race was one of the closest in history; after 3100 miles Aalto was only about 30 miles in front Balatsky.
The race is contested on a 883-meter (0.5488 mile) loop in Queens. Of the eleven starters, six runners completed the distance within the 52-day time limit. Times were generally slower than normal this year as the runners were hampered by an extended heat wave.
1. Asprihanal Aalto, 39, Helsinki, Finland, 46d + 7:37:24
2. Galya Balatsky, 39, Donetsk, Ukraine, 46d + 16:18:34
3. Pranjal Milovnik, 37, Bratislava, Slovakia, 47d + 4:19:39
4. Atmavir Spacil, 32, Brno, Czech Republic, 49d + 5:31:34
5. Pushkar Mullauer, 36, Zurich, Switzerland, 50d + 9:34:24
6. Dharbhasana Lynn, 31, Auckland, New Zealand, 51d + 13:17:32
Photo at left: Asprihanal Aalto at the finish. Photo by Arpan DeAngelo.