About the author:

Medur is our go-to person for many of the essential tasks involved in putting on our races: race setup, our lap counting system and our website. An enthusiastic runner himself, he has participated in many editions of the Sri Chinmoy Oneness-Home Peace Run in Canada and the US.

In The Media - 2010


"One Block - 5,649 Laps: Eleven Runners Compete in a 3,100-Mile Race on a Sidewalk Course in Queens."

Scott Cacciola, The Wall Street Journal: 6/22/2010

In The Media - 2010



How to Run a 3,100-Mile Race in 12 Easy Steps

Ultramarathoners "self-transcend" a record-breaking course in Queens

By Jillian Scharr Thursday, Jun 24, 2010

Go ahead, read the headline again. You weren’t mistaken: it's the "Self-Transcendence 3,100 Mile Race."


In The Media - 2010

WSJ Video  

"3100 Mile Race, 52 Days, One City Block ”

The 3,100 mile Self-Transcendence race is under way in Queens. The race, which runs from June to August, is an exercise in pushing the physical and mental limits of the human body.
Scott Cacciola, The Wall Street Journal: 6/21/2010

In the Media - 2009

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N.Y. / Region, City Room



City Room, Corey Kilgannon. May 1, 2009.

"On Your Mark, Get Set, Run … for 10 Days. For the past eight days, a group of runners have trotted around the same mile loop in a section of Flushing Meadow-Corona Park in Queens."

For complete article

In the Media - 2009

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The New York Times,  City Room, Corey Kilgannon. May 1, 2009.

"On Your Mark, Get Set, Run … for 10 Days."

For the video

In The Media - 2008

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Running their own course: "Distance learning" takes on new meaning during 3,100-mile challenge

Date: July 22, 2008

Source: Daily News

By the time you get to work this morning, Ashprihanal Aalto will already have run about 12 miles. By the time you get home, the 37-year-old from Finland will still be doing laps around Thomas Edison HS in Jamaica. By the time you're calling it a night, he'll be wrapping up his 70-mile run and getting to do it again tomorrow.

In The Media - 2008


Really Going The Distance

When people in New York circle the block, over and over again, they're usually looking for a parking spot. But what if they're circling without a car? Steve Hartman meets a few runners who are doing just that in this week's Assignment America.
Steve Hartman, CBS Evening News: 8/1/2008

In The Media - 2008


The Best American Sports Writing 2008

From the introduction to the book by the Editor William Nack:

..from Harper's Magazine, Sam Shaw's beautifully crafted story aout the world's longest human footrace, the Self-Transcendence 3,100, in which about fifteen brave souls circle a single block in Queens exactly 5,649 times, for a total of 3,100 miles, never doing less than 50 miles a day...

The Best American series is the premier annual showcase for the country's finest short fiction and nonfiction. Each volume's series editor selects notable works from hundreds of periodicals. A special guest editor, a leading writer in the field, then chooses the best twenty or so pieces to publish. This unique system has made the Best American series the most respected - and most popular - of its kind. (From back cover of book).

Read the complete article in Harper's Magazine...


In The Media - 2007

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Mind Over Miles: Seven mental tricks that can add miles to your running

Date: June 1997

Source: Runner's World

So you're detached from your surroudings, but you're well aware of what your body's doing - much like the marathoning followers of Sri Chinmoy, an Indian spiritual leader who spreads his message of inner peace through mediation and extreme physical challenges - like marathon running.

'Some of Sri Chinmoy's students use meditation to keep them in the races we sponsor,' explains Sahishnu Sczesiul, an ultrarunner and race director on the New York Sri Chinmoy Marathon Team. 'The idea is to learn to go within yourself, to keep your mind as calm and quiet as possible while you run - to use meditation to enhance your mental strength so your mind can then discipline your body.'

In The Media - 2007


Run Like Fire Once More: chasing perfection in the world's longest footrace.

The runners slog past a bivouac of plastic card tables and folding chairs, past electric-green Port-O Lets ripe with disinfectant, past indifferently groomed hedges and the redbrick facade of Thomas A. Edison Vocational and Technical High School...

Sam Shaw, Harpers Magazine: August 2007

An in depth look at one of the most challenging races in the world. Also chronicles the history of multi day running. Read the complete article...

In The Media - 2006

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Nirvana takes 3,100 miles: Spiritual race afoot in Queens

Date: July 11, 2006

Source: amNew York

On what is otherwise a quiet, pedestrian four blocks of a leafy section of Jamaica, Queens, a spectacular feat has been under way for the last month...

'It's like the Himalayas of running,' said Rupantar, 57, the race's coordinator and a Chinmoy disciple. 'You have to focus, and you can't let the mind wander.'

In The Media - 2006


The World's Longest Foot Race

Runners run up to 18 hours per day for 50 days in the longest foot race ever.

ABCNews Video: 07/26/2006

In The Media - 1998

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In This Race, They're in It for the Long Run

Date: July 31, 1998

Source: The Washington Post

NEW YORK-Five lean, sun-baked runners with bulging calf muscles make their way around and around and around a dirty red-brick high school building. From before dawn until well after dark, for 48 days, they have jogged this same, wearying route over asphalt sidewalks, alongside the iron gate that surrounds the school, down a noisy roadway that spits car exhaust, and past a dusty baseball diamond. They have run past kids in baggy jeans, idling cars with rap music blaring, and an abandoned black Mazda with no tires, busted windows and everything-from seats to the gas cap-stripped.

In The Media - 1998


Date: July 12, 1998

Source: The New York Times

...Suprabha Beckjord looks like any other weary runner pounding the concrete sidewalk around Thomas A. Edison Vocational High School. But she's not just taking an evening jog. She's running the longest race in the world.

Ms. Beckjord, who owns a gift shop in Washington, is participating in the Mount Everest of ultramarathons: a 3,100-mile competition that lasts 51 straight days and exposes the few who attempt it to numbing monotony as well as crippling shinsplints...

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In The Media - 1997


Feat of Endurance: In a test of strength and faith, they run for 51 days...5,649 laps...3,100 miles...

Date: July 27, 1997

Source: Newsday

Even the most devoted long-distance runners consider the 3,100-mile race to be daunting: 'It's on the fringes, because it's so unusual and extreme,' said Andy Burfoot, executive editor of Runner's World magazine and winner of the 1968 Boston Marathon.

Although comparisons to Forrest Gump may be inevitable, Burfoot said all Sri Chinmoy races - which range from a two-mile jaunt to the 3,100 mega-marathon - are respectable and well-organized athletic events. 'It's not a freak show,' Burfoot said. 'These are people seeking emotional and spiritual challenges and insight rather than Olympic-type perfection.'

In The Media - 1996


Jamaica Residens on the Run: For participants, 2,700-mile goal challenges the body and spirit

Date: July 14, 1996

Source: Newsday

...The course is a sidewalk loop, just over a half-mile long. It is bound by 168th Street, 84th Avenue, 164th Place and the service road of the Grand Central Parkway. By the time they finish, the runners will have circled the block more than 5,000 times.

The distance awed even Ted Corbitt, the father of ultramarathons, who dropped by the race last Sunday.

'It takes a real enthusiast - and a great imagination - to even think of putting on a race like this,' he said...

In The Media - 1993

Evinger, Bob. "To the Editors." Ultrarunning, July-August 1993.

Recently I had the privilege of running he Sri Chinmoy Seven Day Race. It was a first-class event that will long be remembered. My own race went well, but it wouldn’t have been possible without the tireless efforts of the Sri Chinmoy Marathon Team. And thanks to Sri Chinmoy himself for making it all possible.

Multi-day running slumbered for almost a century before being revived in the early 80s, and now seems to be experiencing a renaissance primarily due to the sponsorship and daring of the SCMT. Their quality events have attracted some of the best multi-day talent in the world and continue to provide a setting for athletes to push back the envelope of human potential. Yet, because their central theme is self-transcendence, being neither elitist nor exclusionary, they encourage entrants with little or no ultra experience. Give one of their multi-days a try. You won’t be disappointed.

Bob Evinger

Chapel Hill, N.C.

In The Media - 1990


A Guru Gives Ultrarunning a Big Lift

Date: May 28, 1990

Source: Sports Illustrated

This is the strange tale of how an Eastern mystic saved a Western sport from obliviion. The unlikely mix of characters includes Sri Chinmoy, a 58-year old Indian spiritual master who has built a small sports empire in America; his 1,100 persistently faithful disciples; a select group of the world's greatest long-distance runners; and the top organizers on the New York racing scene. But the star of the story is ultrarunning, a catchall term for footraces longer than a marathon...(read the complete article)

In The Media - 1981


Ayres, Ed. "Lighting the Way." Running Times. June 1981.

In an age of trouble, trouble, and more trouble, a refreshingly different world-view is being promulgated by Sri Chinmoy, an Indian guru whose adopted homeland is the U.S., and who has attracted thousands of American followers. These followers place higher value on the achievement of spiritual harmony than of material acquisition, which may explain why, in the midst of a deteriorating economy and declining standard of living, they remain placidly optimistic about America's future...Sri Chinmoy and his followers do productive work for a living, and have their feet planted firmly, and literally, on the ground. The guru is an avid long distance runner and road race organizer, and his followers have formed a running team (the Sri Chinmoy Marathon Team), an outgrowth of the group's passionate belief that physical fitness is an integral part of spiritual well-being.

In keeping with their proclivity for seeing the good in things while cheerfully refusing to become emotionally bogged in the bad, the Sri Chinmoy people have become indefatigable celebrators. One of their most recent celebrations was a 1,300-mile non-stop relay, dubbed 'Salutations to America...'

In The Media - 1976


Burghardt, Dee. "They Carried A Torch For Their Country's Greatness."

Source: The New Haven Register

Date: November 29, 1976

When the heartbeat of a country is touched anything can happen.

The heartbeat of America was touched this summer and it pumped new life into many people. Mayors in small towns got up in the wee morning hours to prepare huge breakfasts, editors almost missed deadlines, CBers thought they were going nuts and hundreds of people in the nation got up and ran. And while some simply stood and wept with happiness, others tried to give money away.

It all happened because 30 young men ranging in age from 22 to 36 decided to run a non-stop relay across the country (ed., Liberty Torch), hitting all 50 states and sending runners to Hawaii and Alaska. They carried a lighted torch the entire 8,800-mile relay...


In The Media - 1976

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The Sedan Times-Star (Kansas)

Date: July 14, 1976

There are times when we all doubt. We doubt the future, we doubt our abilities, we doubt if the bicentennial means anything, we doubt our leaders, and so on and on.

But a society that produces young men - 22 to 36 - who dream up a thing like Liberty Torch, and then set out to carry it out with money from their own pockets, has to have some good in it - very much good in it for that matter...

But as long as there are people like those who are relaying the Liberty Torch on foot through the 48 states, and by air to Alaska and Hawaii, on their own because it seems to be a good idea in a Bicentennial year, we think things are going to continue to go on for a long, long time.