The nineteenth annual Self-Transcendence 3100 mile race began this week in New York. The epic race was founded by Sri Chinmoy, a spiritual teacher who also encouraged ultra distance running as a means to physical and spiritual self-transcendence.
Runners set off on the first day.
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The 2014 edition of Self-Transcendence 3100 mile race is nearly over – after 50 plus days of the 14 runners competing in this epic feat of endurance . So far five runners have completed the 3,100 miles, with Sarvagata Ukrainskyi of the Ukraine finishing 1st in a time of 45 days. Sarah Barnett (Aus) is due to finish soon becoming the first female to win this race, and only the 4th women ever to finish.
William Sichel (Orkney Islands, Scotland, UK) is also likely to finish within the time limit, becoming the first over 60 year old to complete the distance.
The 3100 mile race inspired by spiritual Teacher, Sri Chinmoy, takes part in humble surroundings in Jamaica, Queens – and has recently featured in many international news outlets.
The 18th edition of the 3100 mile Self-Transcendence race is currently in progress. Promoted by the Sri Chinmoy Marathon Team, this epic race was founded by Sri Chinmoy and offers runners a unique challenge of spiritual and physical self-transcendence.
This year eleven men and three women have entered; so far 12 of the 14 runners are exceeding the 60 mile a day average needed to finish the race in the allotted time. Continue reading “3100 mile race 2014”
On the 16th June 2013, 12 runners began the 16th edition of the 3,100 mile self-transcendence race in New York. Founded by Sri Chinmoy in 1997, the race has been run continuously since 1997; the course record was set by Madhupran W. Schwerk in 2006 – with a time of 41 days – averaging nearly 75 miles a day. Over the next 6 weeks, the runners will seek to overcome all physical and mental hurdles to complete this epic feat of endurance.
The 12 starters includes 3 female athletes, and 3 runners making their first attempt. The most experienced runner on the start line is Ashprihanal Aalto from Finland, who has already completed 11 races so far, and holds the second best finishing time.
Grahak Cunningham of Perth, Australia, finished first in the 2012 edition of the 3100 Mile Self-Transcendence Race. Despite four heat waves and other difficulties, Grahak ran the fourth fastest performance in the sixteen year history of the race today, covering the 3100 mile distance in 43 days,10 hours, 36 minutes and 39 seconds.
For the 3100 mile race, Grahak averaged 71.363 miles /114.848 kilometers per day. He becomes the third man in history to average over 70 miles for the duration of the race. The 35 year old has run the race four times now, with each one faster than his previous effort.
Grahak at 2000 miles
Grahak with Sri Chinmoy, the founder of the race, in the 2007 edition.
Grahak’s blog – an insight into the pain and experiences of the race
On June 17th, 2012 , the world’s longest certified footrace, the Self-Transcendence 3100 Mile race, will begin in Queens, New York. Inspired by Spiritual Teacher, Sri Chinmoy, the 3100 Mile race began in 1997, and provides the ultimate test of physical and mental endurance. The current record for the event is held by Madhupran Wolfgang Schwerk from Germany with a 2006 best of 41 days 6 hrs – 75 miles per day!
The runners cover the 3100 Mile distance by running around a small loop of less than one mile. The athletes run continuously for up to 18 hours a day from the start of the race, to the finish 52 days later.
Video of Interviews with Runners
“We do it to push our own limits, to realize that we can do more ourselves and help to inspire others to do more, to realize they have more within themselves they can achieve,”
Bipin Larkin, the race director.
Spirit of A Runner
During the 2008 edition, filmmaker Jessie Beers-Altman, made an in-depth documentary about the 3100 Mile Race. The video follows 13-time finisher Suprabha Beckjord as she sought to complete the 2008 edition of the race. Spirit of a Runner challenges our definition of possibility, as it explores the enduring capacity of the human heart. Watch online at 3100 Mile Race
The 2011 edition of the Self-Transcendence 3100 race recently finished, with the ten runners completing a total of 29,517 miles.
There were eight runners who finished the 3100 mile race in the allotted time frame of 54 days. The total mileage of the 10 runners (29,517) is equivalent to running around the world + another 4,500 miles.
Sarvagata finishes his first race in first place, with a very impressive time of 44 days, 13:38:52
The race continues whatever the weather. (Photo Alakananda)
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.”