The Return of Andrés

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Andrés Ramón returns to the scene of the Self-Transcendence 2 mile Tjarnarhlaup races and wins confidently on Nov 23












Icelandic version

Andrés Ramón achieved a confident victory at the Self-Transcendence 2 mile Tjarnarhlaup race last Tuesday, November 23.  Andrés ran at a time of 12:41 and came 1:15 ahead of second-place Rúnar Páll Gígja.  Andrés had not participated for the last two times and thus this race served as a reminder of his capacities to the other runners.  Nevertheless, Andrés was rather far off his own best time, 11:20, set in the run on September 14.

The snow, which had cramped the runners' style last week, had, for the most part melted away in the course of the race-day.  However, this created puddles and slippery surfaces on several spots of the race-course.  This created some problems for the runners.  Rúnar Páll Gígja failed to improve on his best time and his growing fan-club would like to blame the circumstances, for otherwise Rúnar's improvement has been near-linear since the race on October 12. His time, 13:56, would make most men happy this time of the year, as it is only 17 seconds away from his best ever, set in the race on November 9.  However, Rúnar Páll is never quite happy unless he improves.  This is a character trait that has been greatly enhanced since Rúnar read Sri Chinmoy's writings on self-transcendence.

Ágúst Örn Márusson came third at a time of 15:30.  Ágúst has a new tracksuit, but he, like all except Rúnar Páll, has not been able to seriously challenge his personal best during the bitter Icelandic winter months.  Ágúst's best time, 14:38, came in the race on September 7.

Around mid-race the moon snuck a peak through the clouds and cast its (hers?) glow over the city.  The photographer tried to capture the ensuing beauty.

Results (1-mile split time shown in brackets):
  1. Andrés Ramón 12:41 (6:15)
  2. Rúnar Páll Gígja 13:56 (6:37)
  3. Ágúst Örn Márusson 15:30 (7:15)