The 15th Annual Self-Transcendence 3100 mile race begins today, June 12th in Jamaica, Queens, NY.
Ten runners will attempt, what the NY Times describes as the “The Mount Everest of ultramarathons” Runners will need to complete 5649 laps of a .5488 of a mile course (883 meters) in the timespan of 52 days. The course also includes a small hill. Runners will need to average 60 miles a day to complete in time. The current record for the 3100 mile race is Madhupran Wolfgang Schwerk of Germany who finished the course in 2006 in a time of 41 days 8 hours, averaging 75 miles per day.
The race was founded by Sri Chinmoy, a Spiritual Teacher keen to promote the benefits of sport and individual self-transcendence.
“Self-transcendence gives us joy in boundless measure. When we transcend ourselves, we do not compete with others. We do not compete with the rest of the world, but at every moment we compete with ourselves.”
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