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Ajattelin että Yiannis Kouros ansaitsee oman otsikkonsa, ultra-asioista kun ei voi paria minuuttia pidempää keskustella ilman että juttu kääntyy tavalla tai toisella Kourokseen. Herran kotisivut löytyvät täältä: http://www.yianniskouros.com/index.htm

Seuraavan kerran Kouroksen menoa saadaan seurata juuri ennen vuodenvaihdetta, Arizonassa juostaan silloin 72 tunnin mittainen Across the Years -juoksu. Harmi vain ettei osanottajalistasta löydy huippukovia jenkkinimiä, olisi ollut mielenkiintoista nähdä Kouros samassa kisassa vaikkapa Dean Karnazesin ja Scott Jurekin kanssa. Mutta ehkä sellainenkin kisa vielä toteutuu! http://www.acrosstheyears.com/

Across the Years -kisan kotisivulta löytyy myös osallistujien taustatietoja, siellä on listattuna osanottajien ennätyksiä ja saavutuksia. Kouroksen kohdalla on tyylikkäästi "The grestest ultrarunner in history", siinä on asia osattu ilmaista ytimekkäästi!

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Mun mielestä Kouroksen ylivoima on sitä luokkaa, että voidaan varmaan puhua eräästä kaikkien aikojen kestävyysurheilijasta.

Harmi sinällään, että suuri yleisö ei ole kovinkaan tietoinen hänestä (siis ainakaan oman lähipiirini perusteella). Lisäksi toivoisi afrikkalaisten suurempaa osanottoa ultrakisoihin, niin Kouroksellekin voisi löytyä uusia haastajia. Vai mitä olette mieltä?

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Kouros tuntuu kyllä olevan niin ylivoimanen, ettei sille tummatkaan mitään mahtais, vaikka yrittäisivätkin laittaa kampoihin. :rock

Ei munkaan perhepiiristä, työporukoista, kavereista tai edes täällä urheilevista huipuista ja vähemmän huipuista kukaan tiedä kuka ihme Kouros on. Suomalaisista ultraajista jotkut on kuullu ja lukenu, muttei ulkomaalaisista oo mitään hajua - ei edes ruotsalaisista. Mut toisaalta pidän hyvänä asiana, ettei tää laji vaan joudu mihinkään mediapyöritykseen. Yleistä tietoisuutta lajista ois silti hyvä saada leviämään vähän laajemmallekin.

Niin, ilmeisesti raha ajaa tummat miehet lyhyemmille matkoille ja jos rahaa pistettäis haisemaan, niin tuisivat varmaan mukaan ultrillekin. Paremman taloudellisen elämän perässähän ne ilmesesti juoksevat. Ja kun ne marallakin on niin pirun sitkeitä, niin eiks ne sitte pärjäis ultrillakin. Tosin ultrilla sitkeys on eri tyyppistä kun maroilla, eli puuttuuko niiltä joku "hulluusgeeni". Tai onko vauhti niin lällyä, etteivät jaksa innostua. Vai mistä tää johtuu? :huh

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Tosin ultrilla sitkeys on eri tyyppistä kun maroilla, eli puuttuuko niiltä joku "hulluusgeeni". Tai onko vauhti niin lällyä, etteivät jaksa innostua. Vai mistä tää johtuu? :huh

Oisko niin että ultrajuoksijalla pitääkin olla lällyysgeeni, että viitsii juosta niin hiljaa?! :silmät

Itse aiheeseen eli Kourokseen palatakseni, oliskohan tuossa vuodenvaihteen 72 tunnin kisassa motivaationa nämä Pam Reedin ja Dean Karnazesin "ilman nukkumista juoksemisen maailmanennätykset", joita jenkkimediassa toitotettiin aiemmin tänä vuonna. Pam Reedhän juoksi 300 mailia vajaaseen 80 tuntiin, ja Dean Karnazes 350 mailia reiluun 80 tuntiin, vanhan foorumin puolella näistä oli jotain juttua. Kouroksen 72 tunnin splitti Colacissa oli 367 mailia, joten eiköhän Kouros pistä Across the Years -juoksussa jenkit ojennukseen.

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Tapasin Kouroksen ensimmäisen kerran v1985 Spartassa ja monet kysyivät hänen kykyään juosta Spartathlon lähelle 20 tunnin aikaan ja Yiannis vastasi seuraavaa, ohje ja miete , Halu nähdä ihmisen rajat, kuinka pitkälle on mahdollista mennä, tuntuu upealta kun keho ei pysty enää jatkamaan , mutta mieli ja henki ottavat komennon . On nujerrettava kehon halu pysähtyä, jos haluaa jotakin mielessään ja valmistautuu siihen, silloin sen voi saavutaa, eikä tämä koske ainostaan urheilua , ja näin jäkkikäteen kyllä KOUROS on humanoidi ultrilla , HYVÄÄ ITSENÄISYYSPÄIVVÄÄ PALSTALAISILLE ja muistakaa ohje Lohjan 12 juoksussa

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Torstaina olisi tarjolla Yiannis Kouroksen esitys aiheesta "How to be competitive at any age" ja siihen päälle vielä kyselytunti. Tarjolla myös kreikkalaista ruokaa ja juomaa sekä Yianniksen säveltämää musiikkia. Pääsymaksu tilaisuuteen on 15 taalaa, harmi vain että täältä Suomesta on turhan pitkä matka Phoenix, Arizonaan. Pitäisi saada Kouros joskus Suomeen juoksemaan, niin voisi järjestää täällä vastaavanlaisen tilaisuuden! http://worldultranews.blogspot.com/

Who: Yiannis Kouros - Multiple World Record Holder

49 years old

All around great guy

Last month set 6 WRs on the way to

winning the Colac 6-day race running 643 mi

in Australia.

(check out his website: YiannisKouros.com)

What: Its a talk about "How to be competitive at any age"

with tips about how to compete beyond your physical training, and his unique training methods. Plus a Q/A.

A reception will follow (with light greek food, drinks & music by Yiannis he wants to share some of his music)

When: 7:00 - 8:30 pm Thursday December 22nd, 2005

Where: Lakeshore Athletic Club Superior/Broomfield behind Bennigan's at the Flatirons mall.

We want to keep it intimate and limit it to 100 people so PLEASE RSVP to 303-729-4300 (Lakeshore's main line)

Cost: Only $15.00 We are raising money to help pay for his expenses in his next WR attempt in Pheonix at the Across the Years Race 12/29 - 1/1

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Iltalukemista Cornerille ( :hehe ) eli juttua Kouroksesta Ultrarunning -lehden tammi-/helmikuun numerossa:

COMMENTS ON KOUROS: THOUGHTS ON THE WORLD'S TOP MULTI-DAY ULTRARUNNER

Dan Brannen, American Ultrarunning Association

The word that best describes Yiannis Kouros, for me, is "fascinating". More than any other effect he has had on the sport, he has opened up new vistas of human potential. That's different from saying, flat-out, that he is the greatest ultrarunner in history. At the end of the 20th century Andy Milroy, who is in my view the world's most astute observer of the sport, argued (correctly, I believe) that Don Ritchie should be recognized over Kouros as the greatest ultrarunner of the century. Which is the better performance: Kouros' 188-mile world record for 24 hours, or Ritchie's 6:10 for 100km? It remains an interesting debate, because there remains no objective way to produce a definitive answer.

But there are now two areas in which Kouros has gone into a realm all by himself, and is well on the way to confirming himself as the best of all time: 1) recovery and frequency of world-class efforts; and 2) longevity as the best in the world. The average lifespan of a world-class ultra career is five to ten years. Some have extended that into a second decade. A few (Scotsman Ritchie and American Sue Ellen Trapp) have even approached a full two decades. But Ritchie and Trapp did that by extending their efforts to longer events. They both set World records at 50 miles and 100km, then essentially changed their primary racing focus to 24 and 48 hours when they could no longer compete at a world-class level at the shorter distances.

Kouros, during his first decade of ultra racing, was a world-class 100km runner (6:24 to win the Torhout 100km), but he is the first to admit that he cannot race at the 100-km to 100-mile range as fast as he used to. Still, even when he was racing that fast at the shorter distances, he was still the world leader in the 24-hour to six-day range. And he still is now, going into his third decade at that level. It has been observed that during virtually all of his best six-day races, he eased up at the end so as not to put the world record too far out of reach, for the next time. All evidence indicates that he is capable of running much further than his recent 644-mile world record (as do most of his Sydney-to-Melbourne races, which were intrinsically far superior to his recent six-day track record). And his 1,000-mile World Best of 10 days, 10 hours (although it is a full day better than enyone else has ever done) was, by his own admission, one of his poorer ultra performances.

He seems to recover completely from virtually any duration of world-class performance within a few weeks, with apparently no long-term damage. He has run two 24-hour races, both at a level unmatched by any other runner in history, only a week apart. Almost as fascinating as the actual, ongoing unfolding of this career, is the fact that he is able to maintain a level of motivation to continue efforts of this scale, now approaching a quarter of a century. What human impulse could possibly create such sustained motivation? And how long will it continue to last? None of us, not even the non-Kouros "best in the world" among us, can imagine what it must be like to pilot such a unique mind/body system. But we can be thankful for the inspiration it continues to give all of us.

John Coffey, former U.S. national team runner

I met Yiannis at the Torhout Belgium 100km in 1986. It was the first world championship at the distance, and I was there with the American contingent of Barney Klecker, Frank Bozanich and Rae Clark. The race, named Nacht Van Vlanderen (Night of the Flanders), is a nighttime tour of West Flanderes province. Kouros had just finished the Sydney to Melbourne 1,000km, where he smashed his own record. In fact, he had become so dominant in the event that race officials started him a full 24 hours after the main field, knowing he would still pass everybody on route to Melbourne. They didn't want him finishing literally days ahead of the pack! His Torhout run was understandably on tired legs, yet he managed to run 6:54, if my memory serves me. He passed me with about 15km to go in the thick of night. I recall that his bicycle crew had his favorite Greek music playing on a boom box in a basket hung from the handelbars. It was surreal watching the guy drift by me like a machine as I desperately tried to match his pace, the music following him; he shared with me that he was so tired after Sydney to Melbourne that he was sleeping 12 hours a night for several weeks hence. What a way to taper for a 100km! as for his training he claimed he did not do long training runs. His long run was 20km. My overall impression was of an unassuming guy that did amazing things with his body. I'm not sure what to say really about this most recent off-the-charts performance, other than that he clearly taps in to a mental state that is unique to him. Obviously, he has special physical gifts, but I think it goes beyond that; it has to be mental at the level he is performing. His longevity and durability is remarkable.

Karl Meltzer, multiple-time winner of Hardrock Hundred and Wasatch Front 100 mile

I thing Kouros' world record for six days is mind-boggling. It takes a lot of discipline to run around in a circle for six days. I can appreciate the pain involved. When I ran the San Diego 24 Hour a few years ago I completed 71 miles in about 10 hours and was cooked like never before. I can't understand why anyone would even want to run this kind of event - no variation in terrain and the scenery is always the same. Don't get me wrong, it is absolutely incredible. As far as longevity is concerned, as long as he is not injured he could probably do it when he is 60. 109 miles in 24 hours is not that fast to run, although for six days it is crazy. It seems to me Yiannis has focused on one event and has a lot of mind power, much like (2005 Leadville 100 Mile champion) Matt Carpenter. I am a little biased to trail running, and it may be hard to believe, but I think Carpenter's Leadville is far more impressive to me, knowing that he ran every step. Chances are Yiannis did not run every step in Australia. The best thing I noticed about Yiannis is that he made money running that event. There should be money in U.S. events; if there were you would see many performances much stronger than what you see here today.

Tom Falvey, race director, Olander Park 24 hour

I have been around some elite athletes in my life. My University of Detroit roommate was Dave DeBusschere, the New York Knicks basketball star, one of the NBA's 50 greatest ever. In three Olympic boxing Olympic trials and in many national boxing tournaments, I refereed for Muhammad Ali, George Foreman, Ray Leonard, Marvin Hagler, the Spinks brothers, Mike Tyson, Larry Holmes, Tommy Hearns, and numerous others who went on to become Olympic and professional champions.

I rate Yiannis Kouros as though physically and mentally as any of those athletes. To break one's own world record 21 years later is almost impossible to comprehend. I believe Kouros could have been a world champion in any sport he chose. I'm glad his choice was ultrarunning. We were honored to have Yiannis Kouros twice win our Olander 24 Hour. I quickly found out what other ultrarunners thought of Kouros when most of them asked for his autograph. I was at the head of the line. Yiannis Kouros is a gentleman, and as Muhammad Ali often said, "the greatest of all time!" Kouros will eventually be recognized as the best ever, for the longest time, in any sport.

Bonnie Busch, top U.S. 24-hour runner

Discovering ultrarunning in 1988, I read everything that I could get my hands on and talked to everybody I could. The name of a mythical runner, Yiannis Kouros, would surface peridiocally. Details in print were few and far between, and real life accounts of Kouros' talent were even tarer, but equally as precious. The storyteller would convey a reverence for the apparent ease with which the simple act of running was combined with the mental control and perseverance that this small, light, quiet man displayed - hour after hour, day after day - delivering performances that numbers on paper could never convey.

On several occasions I trekked to a race for the opportunity to witness his talents for myself. I was never disappointed. Yiannis runs the way that I think we all do in our dreams. Maybe not in every outing, but for races that I witnessed I would suggest that he ran with purpose, ran for a goal, ran with conviction, ran with focus, ran while absorbing and enjoying the atmosphere of competition, ran for results, and perhaps ran to win. Sometimes he struggled, sometimes the goal wasn't met, but I always found him to be a friendly, approachable, sharing man.

What keeps him going? How does he stay motivated to race and train? What fountain of youth, secret potions, mental maturity, of DNA separates us mere dreamers from a similar reality? There are so many factors that push his new record beyond a reasonable imagination - six days of effort, averaging over 107 miles per day, at the age of 49. I wish I could understand. I may have to settle for simply seeing it a time or two. I have a postcard with a picture of his win at one of the Sydney-to-Melbourne races that he autographed many years ago. It still challenges me from its special spot of the refridgerator. I have so much work to do!

Mark Dorion, long-time ultrarunner, race director, and ultra historian

As a historian, I find it remarkable that Yiannis Kouros is still in top form after more than two decades of high-level racing and training. How many ultrarunners sustain a more than 20-year career, at any level? Despite thousands and thousands of attemps by talented runners from around the world over the past 130 years, only 12 individuals have managed over 600 or more miles in six days. Some have done it twice; Kouros quite a few times.

As a fellow competitor in the Self-transcendence New York Six Day this year, I was impressed by Danny Ripks's hard-fought win in brutally cold weather. He battled women's road world record holder Dipali Cunningham of Australia, Lithuanian Rimas Jakelaitis (one of the 12 to have done 600 miles in six days), as well as an experienced field of international runners. Yet with that total Danny would have been more than 145 miles behind Yiannis in Colac! Even the U.S. certified record holder, George Gardiner (554 miles) would have been 90 miles behing Yiannis.

More numbers: To the best of my research, only seven U.S. men have reached 158 miles in a 24-hour race. Yet Kouros did 158 in the first day of the Colad race, again at nearly 50 years of age and after more than 20 years of multi-day racing. One hundred-mile minded U.S. runners consider might that in a typical year about 300 individuals will run better thatn 23 hours for 100 miles. Some will say "Well, but I did it in a trail race." I don't believe - and statistics back me up - that many of these runners could go much faster even on a flat, rubberized track. In any vent, the Colac Six Day track is dirt and rough grass. And remember, these U.S. sub 23-hour runners are racing all out. After their first 23 hours or faster they can rest for the next 121 hours if they so desire. But Kouros took no rest; he churned out another five consecutive (on average) 100-mile runs, and then tacked on a 44-mile warm down. There has been much discussion of various "non-stop, record-setting runners" in the past year or two. I say, let them first try to join the exclusive 12-person, 600-mile, six-day club, and then think about going after Yiannis Kouros!

John Geesler, world-class ultrarunner

Yiannis Kouros, also known as the "Greek God of ultrarunning," has been a legend in sport since before I was in it. After he took a brief retirement from the racing world, he decided to make a comeback. We've seen many athletes retire from and come back. Most are a pale image of their former selves, while a few still have some flare, but diminished ability. Kouros came back and set several world records. Some of them are so far ahead of the rest of the world as to appear untouchable. That at 49 years of age and not content with age-group records, he has gone after and set world records, is a testament to his ability. Maybe the Greek god Mercury had a son.

Että semmosta tällä kertaa... Siis treenaamaan! :juoksu

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Jaha, nyt olis taas New Yorkissa tulossa Kourosille sopiva juoksukeli. Edellisen ison hurrikaanin, Glorian, iskiessä kaupunkiin täydellä voimallaan Kouros oli juoksemassa Sr Chinmoyn 24 tunnin kisaa ja juoksi uuden ME:n.

Joo, tiedä, aika vanha ketju, mutta jonkun täytyy muistuttaa nuorisoa siitä että ultrajuoksussa on maailman huiput, heidän joukossaan vielä valikoidumpi eliitti, ja sitten on Kouros.

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