we lost yukinori yoshida this hour when he could not get back in time.

so now there are 26 runners steadily closing on 300 miles

less than a marathon away.


the distance bell had been mostly quiet the first couple of days.

not surprising when you consider the credentials of the athletes in this field.

but it has been doing a lot of business today and especially tonight

as the best in the world are making each other better.

the results show the value of competition.