Slippin' 'n' slidin'

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Five runners overcome slippery surfaces to complete the 14th Self-Transcendence Tjarnarhlaup race in Reykjavík on Tuesday, November 30th

Icelandic version

The five runners that participated in the Self-Transcendence Tjarnarhlaup race last Tuesday, November 30th, were assaulted by slippery surfaces, in addition to the Icelandic winter weather.  Nevertheless, all managed to complete the 2 mile tough course.

The last shall be first, and so let us acknowledge the achievement of Ganagane Stefánsson, organizer of the races, who participated now for the second time only, the first time being on September 21.  Although Ganagane came last at the time of 18:26, his lack of practice and the difficult circumstances mean that he can be satisfied with his time.

Rúnar Páll Gígja has been much spoken about on this site for his ability to improve despite the coming of winter.  Rúnar gave his fans a treat, as he improved on his best time from November 9 by 5 whole seconds, running at a time of 13:34.

Nevertheless, Rúnar only had a theoretical chance of beating first place Andrés Ramón, who swooped in at 13:11.  Thus Andrés stressed the point which he made last week when he returned to the Tjarnarhlaup races, that Rúnar still has a lot to learn before becoming a serious challenger to Andrés.  However, the gap has never been as narrow between those two, so we will just have to wait and see what happens.

Mention should also go to Ágúst Örn Márusson and Víðir Sigurðsson, who came in between the first and the last.  Ágúst and Víðir are living examples of Sri Chinmoy's philosophy that one has to start right here and now, with the capacity or incapacity that one has at the moment, if one is to improve.

Results (with 1-mile split time shown in brackets):
  1. Andrés Ramón 13:11 (6:20)
  2. Rúnar Páll Gígja 13:34 (6:34)
  3. Ágúst Örn Márusson 15:44 (7:37)
  4. Víðir Sigurðsson 16:27 (8:00)
  5. Ganagane Stefánsson 18:26 (8:52)