Self-Transcendence Six and Ten Day Races

19-29 April
Flushing Meadows Corona Park New York

In this extreme race, an international field of runners come to test their endurance, skill with pacing, and ability to recover.

About the event

The Twentieth Annual Self-Transcendence Ten-Day Race starts on Sunday, April 19 at 12:00 noon, EDT and finishes at 12:00 noon on Wednesday, April 29, 2015. This race is held concurrently with the  Eighteenth Annual Self-Transcendence Six-Day Race which starts at 12:00 noon, EDT on Thursday, April 23. Both races end on April 29 at 12 noon, EDT.

These races feature an international field of runners who come to test their endurance, skill with pacing, and ability to recover from the stress of constantly moving. The competitors run with minimal sleep, all the while trying to accumulate as many miles as possible.

The course is a very flat, scenic, 1 mile loop (Certification Code NY11008JG) in a pleasant park setting near the famous areas of the World’s Fair of 1964 and close to the USTA facility, home of the US Open. There are many patches of green and trees, as well as close proximity to Meadow Lake. Temperatures in April in New York generally vary between 52º and 71º with extremes at 33º and 90º. In other words, plan for any conceivable weather condition, including rain and windy conditions.

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Race videos

Local station NY! takes a look at the race.

Events

10 Days

    • 12 Noon Apr 19

6 Days

    • 12 Noon Apr 23

Contact

Sahishnu Szczesiul
718-297-2556 (also fax)
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Award categories

  • Trophies: under 50 first 7 male and female.
  • 50-59 first 3 male and female.
  • 60-69 first 2 male and female.
  • Over 70, first male and female.
  • Medals to all finishers.

Certification

  • US Track and Field Certification Code NY11008JG

6 and 10 day race 2015

The 20th edition of our 10 day race starts on April 19, and the 6 day race starts on April 23. Go to event page »

Race scoreboard

2015 Ten Day Race: Day 5 - Women

  Runner Day 1 Day 2 Day 3 Day 4 Day 5 Day 6 Day 7 Day 8 Day 9 Day 10
1 Sarah Barnett 77 140 207 264 334
  day total 77 63 67 57 70
2 Shamita Achenbach-Konig 81 141 203 263 323
  day total 81 60 62 60 60
3 Pati Ibinova 90 143 202 245 302
  day total 90 53 59 43 57
4 Harita Davies 82 139 192 242 284
  day total 82 57 53 50 42
5 Elena Kareva 72 127 180 229 278
  day total 72 55 53 49 49
6 Tatjana Jauk 70 120 172 220 268
  day total 70 50 52 48 48
7 Giribhu Muhs 69 116 161 207 255
  day total 69 47 45 46 48
8 Manoshri Sykorova 67 116 157 205 253
  day total 67 49 41 48 48
9 Gundega Gaile 68 113 156 202 250
  day total 68 45 43 46 48
10 Karnayati Morison 66 113 159 202 250
  day total 66 47 46 43 48
11 Gudrun Freier 62 112 163 206 250
  day total 62 50 51 43 44
12 Yashasvati Plyavinskaya 56 95 140 190 244
  day total 56 39 45 50 54
13 Anna Khimchinskaia 60 109 157 202 244
  day total 60 49 48 45 42
14 Larisa Psiukalova 67 117 161 203 243
  day total 67 50 44 42 40
15 Niribili File 59 98 141 179 224
  day total 59 39 43 38 45
16 Suparna Pustogowa 57 98 143 178 222
  day total 57 41 45 35 44
17 Sara Schmidt 73 117 152 179 219
  day total 73 44 35 27 40
18 Shraddha Kurzemniece 65 102 142 176 217
  day total 65 37 40 34 41
19 Vasuprada Funk 82 129 166 185 203
  day total 82 47 37 19 18
20 Vismaya Fischer 62 108 146 167 180
  day total 62 46 38 21 13

 

2015 Ten Day Race: Day 5 - Men

  Runner Day 1 Day 2 Day 3 Day 4 Day 5 Day 6 Day 7 Day 8 Day 9 Day 10
1 Atmavir Spacil 91 166 230 283 347
  day total 91 75 64 53 64
2 Baladev Saraz 77 149 215 277 340
  day total 77 72 66 62 63
3 Ushika Muckenhumer 75 140 202 258 318
  day total 75 65 62 56 60
4 Oleksandr Kharko 75 132 197 254 310
  day total 75 57 65 57 56
5 Aidas Ardzijauskas 86 131 195 244 304
  day total 86 45 64 49 60
6 Georgs Jermolajevs 87 144 192 245 299
  day total 87 57 48 53 54
7 Kalpa Lazarev 70 130 183 241 298
  day total 70 60 53 58 57
8 Ananda-Lahari Zuscin 67 140 189 241 295
  day total 67 73 49 52 54
9 Andrey Andreev 69 121 182 244 294
  day total 69 52 61 62 50
10 George Biondic 68 123 182 234 291
  day total 68 55 59 52 57
11 Mikhail Vasilchenko 62 117 172 226 280
  day total 62 55 55 54 54
12 Sergey Leshchenko 70 121 175 230 279
  day total 70 51 54 55 49
13 Sergey Kuzmin 64 102 169 215 277
  day total 64 38 67 46 62
14 Sergei Komelkov 73 115 168 213 271
  day total 73 42 53 45 58
15 Budjargal Byambaa 81 106 161 211 264
  day total 81 25 55 50 53
16 Michel Gouin 60 104 159 209 258
  day total 60 44 55 50 49
17 Ales Pliva 73 134 175 216 257
  day total 73 61 41 41 41
18 Janos Derekas 63 116 171 216 256
  day total 63 53 55 45 40
19 Karteek Clarke 67 114 158 204 250
  day total 67 47 44 46 46
20 Chris Mak 60 100 155 188 240
  day total 60 40 55 33 52
21 Padyatra Komak 60 110 157 196 237
  day total 60 50 47 39 41
22 Andrei Somov 58 100 141 184 225
  day total 58 42 41 43 41
23 Adrian MacDermott 56 92 136 200 221
  day total 56 36 44 64 21
24 Marius Lacasse 58 96 141 176 209
  day total 58 38 45 35 33
25 Patanga Cordeiro 61 101 137 171 206
  day total 61 40 36 34 35
26 Sandro Zincarini 54 96 130 162 195
  day total 54 42 34 32 33
27 Fred Davis III 58 67 133 183 194
  day total 58 9 66 50 11
28 Kumar Limbu 65 91 124 150 177
  day total 65 26 33 26 27
29 Francesco Murianni 71 103 135 154 174
  day total 71 32 32 19 20
30 Pedro Gaspar 40 67 106 132 169
  day total 40 27 39 26 37

 

2015 Six Day Race: Day 1 - Women

  Runner Day 1 Day 2 Day 3 Day 4 Day 5 Day 6
1 Dipali Cunningham 103
  day total 103
2 Nataliya Hlushchuk 80
  day total 80
3 Bayarsaikhan Dorjpagma 76
  day total 76
4 Vera Kalishmanova 73
  day total 73
5 Divyata Kryuchkova 72
  day total 72
6 Pratishruti Khisamoutdinova 70
  day total 70
7 Oyungerel Seded 67
  day total 67
8 Gautami Sykorova 67
  day total 67
9 Sylvie Boisvert 67
  day total 67
10 Anna Eliseeva 66
  day total 66
11 Shirley Kolakovich 63
  day total 63
12 Ratuja Zub 55
  day total 55
13 Mattali Stebneva 55
  day total 55
14 Albena Margaritova 50
  day total 50

 

2015 Six Day Race: Day 1 - Men

  Runner Day 1 Day 2 Day 3 Day 4 Day 5 Day 6
1 John Geesler 106
  day total 106
2 Rimas Jakelaitis 97
  day total 97
3 Steven Battle 80
  day total 80
4 Michael Korol 80
  day total 80
5 Wai Law 78
  day total 78
6 Don Winkley 78
  day total 78
7 Mark Dorion 77
  day total 77
8 Ed Rousseau 75
  day total 75
9 Konstantin Rybin 72
  day total 72
10 Gregg Ellis 71
  day total 71
11 Milan Javornicky 71
  day total 71
12 Mark McCaslin 71
  day total 71
13 Nikolai Egorov 70
  day total 70
14 Priyavadin Reisecker 65
  day total 65
15 Sanjay Rawal 54
  day total 54
16 Mahasatya Janczak 54
  day total 54
17 Jesse Itzler 28
  day total 28

Latest updates

Dispatches from associate race director Sahishnu Szcsesiul.

22 April

Day 4: FMCP- The Elements Rule

The end of the third day and beginning of the fourth in this 240 hour race were like some other world, compressed into a series of fragments, scattered by strange powers.  Runners continued on their journey. For the gents, Atmavir Spacil  had fashioned a lead that was stigmatized by a gnarly stomach upset. He continued on for 64 miles at the bell of 72 hours, reaching 230 miles.  Baladev Saraz had already set a pb for the three-day split and was good to make a move in the shimmering sunlight. By 7:00 pm he climbed within two miles of his friend Mr. Spacil.  Ushika Muckenhumer of Austria moved into third place as the sunny skies turned cloudy, the winds swirled and shifted. The ladies had their own drama brewing, as Sarah Barnett, the race favorite and 2-time winner of the event assumed the lead. Shamita Achenbach-Konig made a move to challenge as the skies opened up and a thunderstorm revealed itself mid-afternoon. By 7:00 pm Shamita led Sarah by barely a lap. Rainbows, then the sun appeared. The runners keep going, beyond normalcy and commonsense, to places we can only imagine- all on a one-mile loop in a park  where the clock keeps ticking. In FMCP, the elements rule. It is their world- we just live in it.

More updates

Video blog

Race director Rupantar LaRusso and videographer Utpal Marshall capture some of the sights and sounds of this unique race.

Perfection Journey

Latest updates from Utpal Marshall's excellent blog.

24 April Into The Night

Go to perfectionjourney.org

Services

The staff members of the Sri Chinmoy Marathon Team hope to serve the runners as best they can. They are there for the general support of all of the runners, as well as for the administration of the race. As such, they can not serve as individual helpers to any runner. By all means, runners are encouraged to have dedicated helpers during the race, who can service their specific needs. Except in rare instances, a Race Director is always present on the race course. Should any special problems or needs arise, kindly contact the on- duty Race Director.

Counting forms the heart of the race and accuracy is of utmost importance. With each lap, the runner should hear his name called and make visual contact with his assigned lap counter. Your race number must be worn and visible at all times.

  • There is a new counting shift approximately every 6 hours. At shift changes, your new counter should make his responsibility known to you.
  • Absolutely no pacing beyond 200 meters of the counting station by anyone.

Cutting the course at any point will result in immediate disqualification.

  • Any anticipated time off the course, (medical, rest stop, food) which may last longer than 4 minutes should be reported to your counter, as these are recorded and must be part of the official record keeping.
  • Runners will be responsible for their own wakeup.
  • The score board is NOT official. Your lap counter maintains the official records. Any issues should be directed to the on-duty race director and not the lap counter for resolution.
  • There is a backup scoring system via video.

The official race telephone is for race administration business only. We are requesting all runners/helpers to provide their own cellular phone for their personal usage. Unfortunately, in the United States cellular charges accrue when making a phone call and receiving a phone call. Therefore, the race number should not to be used for personal calls. In the extreme case, should the race telephone need to be used, by all means, it must not leave the counting station. It must not be taken on the course "for a lap." Again, should the race phone be required for personal usage, the runners must provide a phone card for all long distance and international calling. Phone cards will be available for sale at the counting trailer.

FOOD SERVICE AND KITCHENS:

There are two kitchens on the course: a dedicated Runners' only kitchen and a general Camp kitchen. The Runners' kitchen is for the exclusive use of the runners, and only the runners. Three healthy, tasty vegetarian meals are provided for runners on a daily basis. Meals are provided cafeteria style. Coffee, tea, sodas, water and mineral replacement drinks are also available. Snacks are available all day long. The Runners' kitchen is accessible for the runners around the clock. However, the morning, afternoon and evening meals will be served at approximately the following times:

Morning: 6:30 am; Afternoon: 12 noon; Evening: 7:00 pm.

Helpers may purchase food on a per day basis or per meal basis, should they wish. Purchased meals should be pre-arranged with the Race Director. Purchased helpers' meals will be served separately from the competitors' meals, in the Camp kitchen. As mentioned, the meals provided are vegetarian. Meat is certainly allowed on the course for our non- vegetarian guest runners, but must be self-provided and cooked in the Camp kitchen. Alcohol of any sort is expressly forbidden both by our race regulations and by those of the New York City Park Department. A second kitchen, the Camp kitchen, is for the convenience of handlers, race helpers (and the runners if they wish). Special foods brought to the race by participants may be stored here. Tables, a stove, toaster, microwave, blender and a hot water urn for preparation of foods are available. In addition, there are many snack foods available for all authorized helpers and race volunteers. As with the Runners' kitchen, if you use this facility, please be considerate of others by cleaning up after yourself. This includes washing anything you use...pans, blenders or whatever; wiping off tables; and removing any trash.

The dugout is a long covered area with an open front adjacent to the race course. It is located directly across from the kitchens. The dugout area is provided to give runners quick and easy access to their gear. However, space is limited and we must adhere to the following guidelines.

  • Two runners per table.
  • No beds or reclining chairs are permitted in the dugout area.
  • One chair per runner. Handlers must use their runner's chair if they choose to sit there.
  • All food and gear which does not fit on your half of the table must be stored in your personal tent or dormitory space.

Directions, Security, Rules . . .

FROM LA GUARDIA AIRPORT:

Exit LaGuardia Airport following signs for the Grand Central Parkway (G.C.P) East. Take exit 9E Whitestone Expressway/Flushing Meadow Corona Park. Travel about 1/2 mile and take the Kennedy Airport Van Wyck Expressway South exit. Travel approx. 1 mile and get off at exit 11 Flushing Meadow Corona Park. Stay right and exit at Flushing Corona Park Meadow Lake. See directions to race site within Flushing Meadow Corona Park. (see map)

FROM KENNEDY AIRPORT:

Exit Kennedy Airport to Van Wyck Expressway North. Drive approx. 5 miles to exit 12A East L.I. Expressway. Immediately on the left you will see a brown road sign announcing Meadow Lake. Turn left about 100 meters past this sign. This is a U-turn under the expressway which places you on the access road for the Van Wyck Expressway going South. Stay to your right and take the first exit you come to marked Flushing Meadow Corona Park/ Meadow Lake. See directions to race site within Flushing Meadow Corona Park. (see map)

DIRECTIONS TO RACE SITE WITHIN FLUSHING MEADOW CORONA PARK:

After exiting the Van Wyck Expressway, make a right at the end of the exit. You are now in the Park and must obey the 5 mph speed limit. Continue approximately 1/2 mile keeping to the right. Cross over the small bridge (proceeding through a "Do Not Enter" sign) and stay left on the other side. Continue on the main road keeping Meadow Lake in sight. The race site is 400 meters from the bridge by the brick Park Comfort Station. You will see numerous large tents and the race setup area. (see map)

SECURITY AND PARK RULES:

Please remember at all times that we are being hosted by the NYC Parks Department to whom we are very grateful. Their rules will be enforced.

  • There is absolutely no alcohol allowed in the park.
  • No parking or driving in restricted areas. Where driving is allowed, do not exceed 5 mph. Cars should be parked in designated lots. That being said, the Park Department kindly allows us to bring in race support vehicles to park near the race. This is an unofficial courtesy that the Park offers us. However, should an official direct you that you are not allowed to park or drive in a particular area, by all means, that instruction must be strictly honored.
  • No hanging of laundry in public to dry. During darkness, the Sri Chinmoy Marathon Team will provide as many guards as possible to watch the course. However, all runners should be vigilant and anything suspicious should be immediately reported to the on-duty Race Director.

Shopping

Four blocks of shops with most everything one might need is located within 1 km. If walking, take the pedestrian walkway over the Grand Central Parkway west of the race course. On the other side, turn left and follow the service road three blocks to 63rd Ave. Make a right and go 2 blocks to 108th Street where there is all sorts of shopping.

Hotels most used by runners:

LaGuardia Airport Clarion Hotel, 400 Ditmar Ave East Elmhurst, NY 718-335-1200

Courtyard Marriot, 90-10 Grand Central East Elmhurst, NY 718-446-4800

Best Western Hotel, 11310 Horace Harding Expy Flushing, NY 718-699-4400

Points of Interest

These New York, NY Points of Interest include information on various attractions, churches, convention centers & airports, dining and nightlife, museums and art galleries, national and city parks, famous neighborhoods and districts, shopping and sightseeing, theaters, universities and colleges, venues and sports arenas.

  • Bipin Larkin: 8 am - 6 pm
  • Sahishnu Szczesiul:6 pm - 1 am
  • Sandhani Fitch: 6 pm - 1am
  • Rupantar LaRusso: 1 am - 8am

Sleeping arrangements

Community dorms are provided for men and women. Please note that dormitories are strictly segregated by gender. Because they are communal in nature, please be considerate to your dorm mates with regards to cleanliness of the area and clothing. As much as possible, try to honor one another's personal space, needs and resting habits.

While the race organizers would love to provide tents, tent flies and ground cloths for everyone it is just not possible to do. Year by year race volunteers have increasingly been called on to shore up, repair and even rebuild participant's personal accommodations. The exra time required to do those fixes is stressful and very time consuming. For that reason we ask all runners and helpers who are not staying in the dormitories but who are bringing tents either for storage or accommodation, to be so kind as to adhere to the following guidelines regarding their race preparations.

1. For a tent to remain dry during the seemingly inevitable rain storms it must have a waterproof fly.

2. Flys must go all the way to the ground plus completely around the parameter of the tent for the fly to work properly and prevent rain or wind from entering. A fly that does not cover all the way to the ground undoubtedly will leak water or flood the tent floor.

3. Tent height not to exceed 1.5 meters (or 4 feet).

4. Each tent requires a plastic ground cloth under it. This is a simple prevention for flooding. Be careful not to set your tent up in a low lying area. It will flood in heavy downpours. The plastic cloth must remain completly out of sight under the tent floor. In other words you should not see the plastic even in the slighest. Often people extend ground cloths well beyond the tent footprint assuming the fly wil prevent water from collecting. Inevitably water collects on this and travels under the tent and floods the tent floor inside.

5. Blankets. There is a good possibilty that this year we will not have enough blankets for everyone. The Race has a limited blanket supply available for runner use. Please bring your own sleeping pads, extra blankets or sleeping bag suitable for temperatures as cold as 32F/1C. Race blankets should not be used as chair cushions or foot rests. We do not have enough.

6. Tents best suited to the various wind and rain weather combinations in New York's early spring conditions should lean toward the small one or two person size.The popular family size 6-8 person, stand up tents often brought to the race are not at all suited for the extreme wet and strong winds typically found in Flushing Meadows Park during April. They sway in the wind, loosening pegs and covers. Please avoid bringing these monsters to the race. Inevitably, a handful are flattened, torn and in a couple of instances, even blown into the nearby lake.

Medical Services

  • A medical tent is provided for massage and specific treatment of injury. Please be aware that medical is provided in large part by volunteers who may not be professionals but are very good at general massage and kindness. Therefore, it may not always be possible to receive immediate professional help for specific injury.
  • Medical support will be provided for as many hours a day as possible, including evenings and night if staff is available. However, because it is supported by volunteers, it may not be available 24 hours a day. Medical hours will be posted.
  • The medical tent is divided into 3 areas: men's; women's; and a mixed area for husbands and wives. The men's/women's area is exclusively for men/women respectively.
  • The medical area is dedicated to medical services and is not intended as a rest area. Please rest in your tent or dorm space. Generally no more than 15 minutes is allowed per runner per medical break, and no more than 2 medical breaks per runner per day is a good guideline.
  • Nutritional supplements may be provided to runners on a per need basis. These supplements must be administered by the medical staff only. Under no circumstances should "bottles" of any supplement or medication be taken from the medical area.
  • Ice packs are generally available.