Just before sunrise last Friday, Oz Pearlman was released in front of Engineers’ Gate, one of the entrances to Central Park. She rubbed her thighs and armpits with lotion, then removed her socks and covered her feet. This may not be the mid-week mornings through the busiest parts of Manhattan.
Dressed in Ukrainian national anthem, and wearing two GPS watches to record distance and time, Pearlman tied up his Day-Glo shoes and stood in the middle of East Drive, in front of the Ukrainian flag, with a small spectator. He planned to run day and night as he tried to break the record of many Central Park loops that were completed in one day, while raising funds to help Ukrainian children who fled their homes as a result of the Russian invasion.
Pearlman, 39, who lives in Brooklyn, is best known as Oz the Mentalist. (Oz sings songs and “costumes.”) She finished third in Season 10 of “America’s Got Talent” in 2015, and has appeared on “Today,” “Live With Kelly and Ryan” and “Ellen.” Its length will be another manifestation of ideas on things.
The story that Pearlman hopes to end was set in 2021 by Robbie Balenger, a top athlete who is well-known for overcoming day-to-day challenges. In 2019, Balenger ran across the United States. Last summer, she completed what she dubbed the Colorado Crush: a 1,176-mile race and a margin of over 300,000 in 63 days, shortly before being chased by the 100-kilometer Leadville Trail.
According to Fastest Known Time, a digital platform that collects and verifies “FKTs” at well-known distances – such as Seven Conferences – and is unpredictable, Pearlman has to do more than just run one mile faster than Balenger. He must complete the rest of the section.
Although the park was built in 1858, the first notable spot in Central Park was set up in 2020 by Aaron Zellhoefer, who ran 11 loops in over 14 hours. Most of the content is regional and is not really important, but this is important for many. Central Park is the world’s largest racetrack and hosts more than a dozen competitions each year. That is when the New York City Marathon race ends.
In preparation for the Central Park Loop Challenge, Pearlman completed a series of 20-mile trips, often on the road before or during the show. While living in his home in Brooklyn, where he lives with his wife and three children, he works hard, sweating profusely from school and driving. He has been trained in Central Park for almost 20 years and has made every move, every mountain and at the same time, a memory. “It’s a courtyard,” he said. “A six-mile loop is my comfort zone.”
But there will be a twisting clock. Central Park is open from 6am to 1 am, and runners are not allowed on the streets until 5 minutes after opening. He should be out of the park for five minutes before closing time. This gave Pearlman 18 hours and 50 minutes to record history.
The time was 6:05 am, he got up. She ran ashore, horizontally, at a speed of less than 7:30 per kilometer. Mike Halovatch, a New York sprinter, was the only one on the first trip, who finished in less than 45 minutes.
Pearlman has won the New Jersey Marathon four times and the Hamptons Marathon three times. His success in the race puts him out of the group of men invited to the Olympics.
“Oz is a real race,” Halovatch said. Commenting on Pearlman’s excellent time at the Philadelphia Marathon in 2014, he said, “You run a 2:23 marathon, I run.”
Pearlman didn’t always walk. He was the lowest number runner on his high school cross country team, but by then he had already performed magical shows in restaurants. After the divorce left her parents in financial trouble, she said, she relied on magic to enroll in the University of Michigan. After graduating from college, he was a researcher for Merrill Lynch and was enlightened as a magician.
He worked in restaurants on the Upper East Side, did bar mitzvahs and entertained his friends during leisure time. His property collided with the bank when he was hired to pay tribute to Merrill. When Pearlman turned $ 1 into a few Benjamins with the tip of her fingers, the boss was intrigued, until he found out that Pearlman was working for him.
He said, ‘What work are you doing here?’ And I thought, ‘What am I doing here?’ ”Pearlman said this a few weeks after he ran his first race.
Gradually he changed his mind from ordinary magic to serious thinking. “It’s a huge brain,” he said. “It’s trying to interpret and change engineers the way people think. Basically, I’m trying to plant an idea in your head or find an impossible idea in your head.”
He asked me to think of the name of my first lover, who was someone I had never seen, heard or thought about for many years. He nailed it. As he ran. Pa Mile 80.
After completing the repetition on Friday, he answered a question that was posted from his 812,000 Instagram followers. One asked, “Does running affect your mentalism?”
“Mentalism helps me to run,” he replied. “If I can get into your brain, I can get inside my brain as I struggle, dig deep and keep running.”
The sun hit the clouds in its third mile, and its movement stabilized as the sky lit up and the distance stretched, much to the dismay of Halovatch and his wife, Kate Pallardy, a top-down sprinter and runner. They have learned from experience that speeding up often brings positive results in this type of situation. Pallardy ran 18 miles with Pearlman in the afternoon, just five weeks after giving birth to her third child.
Altogether, about 40 runners came out to run with him. In New York fashion, many of them just happened to Oz and joined. They chatted quietly, and tried their best to please everyone. “It’s an act in me,” he said. But like Pallardy and Halovatch, he knew the persecution would begin sometime, and before the Mile 50, it hit a hard hit.
“Your mind only thinks of you,” he said as he completed his eighth grade. You start to think about the longer and more time you have, and doubt starts. It’s your attitude that tells you to stop. ”
Twenty miles later, on his 12th loop, his toilet failed. They ate nothing but gels (they suck two or three in the nose), caffeine sweets and orange Gatorade. This must have hurt her deeply. Or he may have worked the night before and slept for only four hours.
She vomited twice and had to find a toilet. Her speed dropped from eight minutes per mile to 12 miles. The race was tired of her face. She felt a blush under her feet. His right nose began to throb. His group filled his hat with ice, which he threw on his head to wake him up. When her stomach tightened, she released several caffeine gummies to whisper.
As is often the case with ultra, the period of pain and extreme fatigue was driven by prolonged exit. Towards the end of his 13th scale, he hit high-powered weapons. Shaking off the list of games he had prepared for the event, he sang loudly while running. His 91 miles were the fastest: 6:43.
Pearlman finished her 16th journey, with 98 miles, at about 8:20 pm, to join the Balenger distance. He ran about four hours faster than Balenger. Two miles later, he hit 100 miles with a time of 14 hours 36 minutes, beating his 100-mile record with two hours.
After completing his 17th point at 9:15 pm to set up the Central Park Loop Challenge FKT, he stood up and hugged his wife and cheered with his friends who confirmed he had exceeded his goal of earning more than $ 100,000. But he could not. His runners, some of whom are very athletic, did not let him go home. They insisted on going back to the Central Park Loop Challenge FKT.
At the age of 18, she loved to walk slowly up and down the mountains because it allowed her to walk. It was obvious in his appearance that his right jaw was widening. He released ibuprofen to reduce swelling and pain, and he continued to move.
His 19th and final victory was his victory. “I told the boys, we ended up where we started: strong. And I just went looking for it.”
They ran, all outside, often with eyes. It was up to his pacers to make sure he stayed on track, and he did. When they reached the Engineers’ Gate for the last time just before midnight on Friday, after having driven 19 miles of 116 miles, they fell to the ground, still thrilled.
“I had a wonderful day,” he said. “There is no other way to explain it.”
Hilary Swift supported reports.