World Run II / Reports
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Distance today: 40.0 km (Accumulated: 29850.0 km)
Elapsed time: 03:40:49
Start 09:07am., 27c, half overcast & light wind, at auto-fence marker "37.000" on the road to Tulcan and Colombia. Finish 14:36pm., 31c & same, at km-marker "049" on hwy. E35 to Tulcan and Colombia.
Great company at equator !!
Today I had the joy of not only having one runner joining me on the daily stage or wr2, but two. One beeing ofcourse Reino Uusitalo from Finland who is planning to run with me into Colombia - and the other, Antonio Cacispa, a local runner from Equador. And the company didnt stop there since Antonio had brought his family with him as support on the very mountanious 40km run: His charming daugher was driving their support-car and the two sons were trailing along on their top-style bicycles !
As it happened, Antonio is also an ultraunner and naturally the talk soon tuned into the subject of races & times run at different distances. Antonio has a pb. of just above 7hours on 100km so... As you can imagine, the pace was kept at a good level today :-) Beeing a lightly build runner he could with easy set' me at any of the steep uphills - but was too polite to do that ! On the downhills, I had the upper hand/shoe; but knew what was waiting, so I kept company too :-)
With less than 3km left of the run there suddenly began to appear signs posting that the geographical equator was right ahead. We took a brief moment to gather around the symbolic monument & dividing North-South line before it was onwards at fast pace to the finish point. A perfect round off' on a day of great running-joy !!
PS: Passing equator also means that I am on "home ground" now, running on the Northern hemisphere in direction due North with New Foundland and Canada about 9months up the road. Behind me is the Southern Hemisphere, and 9000km of running since Punta Arenas at the tip of the continent (and, 29 000km since the start above the arctic circle in Norway - but lets not think of that right now; the legs are tired enough as it is ;-)