The 25th Annual Sri Chinmoy Self-Transcendence 3100 Mile Race

Jamaica, Queens, New York

From September 5, the world's longest certified road race: 6 am to midnight for 52 days.

The Sri Chinmoy Self-Transcendence 3100 Mile Race

The 2021 edition of the world's longest certified road race starts 5 September in Queens, New York. Go to event page »

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3100 Mile Race ( Week 4 )
Show Week: 1234
Daily Totals
Name Day 22 Day 23
1 Andrea Marcato 2505.6 2622.2
1556.9 1629.3
day total (Km) 116.5 116.5
(mi) 72.4 72.4
2 Lo Wei Ming 2268.9 2371.4
1409.8 1473.5
day total (Km) 101.5 102.4
(mi) 63.1 63.6
3 Vasu Duzhiy 2181.5 2291
1355.5 1423.5
day total (Km) 98.9 109.5
(mi) 61.4 68
4 Harita Davies 2200 2291
1367 1423.5
day total (Km) 89.2 90.9
(mi) 55.4 56.5
5 Takasumi Senoo 2111.7 2208.9
1312.1 1372.5
day total (Km) 90.9 97.1
(mi) 56.5 60.3
6 Stutisheel Lebedev 2088.7 2192.1
1297.9 1362.1
day total (Km) 104.2 103.3
(mi) 64.7 64.2
7 Ananda-Lahari Zuscin 2034.9 2112.6
1264.4 1312.7
day total (Km) 87.4 77.7
(mi) 54.3 48.2

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Dispatches from associate race director Sahishnu Szczesiul in New York.

27 September

Day 23

Andrea continues to move along at a remarkable pace, the cooler nights allowing faster paces in the evenings. His last few laps each evening resemble an interval workout on the track, which many an athlete knows is macho death-traps, with intervals between the repeats becoming increasingly smaller, the pain of anaerobic running leads to lactic acid buildup stopping or forcing one to slow down. Only, Andrea instead is fighting that time clock as it heads to midnight, though he knows a lap saved is a lap earned. Ten straight 70’s ring nicely in his multiday lexicon so far. 

Second placer Wai-Ming Lo has run 23 straight days over 62.56 miles (100.68km), so, although it seems overwhelming, the sandals wearer is the world-wide envy of every sandal wearer on earth. 

Harita Davies and Vasu Duzhiy are deadlocked in third place, as an Achilles tendon has had some swelling and pain for the New Zealand running Queen. She still runs along, but without the snap in her gait that terrorized everyone watching. Like Vasu has done, she will weather the storm and emerge again as the tendon heals up. 

Hang in there, runners. You are all amazing, even if you don’t know that.

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Perfection Journey

Latest updates from Utpal Marshall's excellent blog.

27 September Day 23: The Meaning To Be Here

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About the event

Athletes are able to test themselves in a format unlike any other ultra-marathon event. In order to meet their goal of 3100 miles (4989km) in 52 days, they must log an average of 59.6 miles (95.9 km) per day. The runners begin at 6 a.m. and run for extended periods throughout the day, taking breaks as needed. If they want to, they can continue as late as 12 midnight when the course closes for the night. After completing the race, runners have the option of continuing on to complete 5000km.

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3100: Run and Become

Filmmaker Sanjay Rawal explores the significance of running in cultures across the globe, including the 3100 Mile Race. View: iTunesAmazonGoogle Play

Distance

3,100 Miles

Start time

  • 6:00 am every day

The Sri Chinmoy Marathon Team

Serving the running community for over 40 years...

Team Founder Sri Chinmoy

A lifelong advocate of fitness and self-transcendence...

Contact

Sahishnu

The race basics

The Physical Dimension

The race takes place annually over a 52-day period. Traditionally, it has begun on the third Sunday in June and ending in early August, with runners traversing a .5488 mile loop around a sports field, playground, and high school in Jamaica, Queens, New York City. (In 2020, we had to cancel the race in New York, instead it took place in Salzburg, Austria under strict health supervision.)

The course is flat, and the well-staffed aid station is always within easy reach.

Conceived of as both a physical and spiritual journey, the race allows athletes to test themselves in a format, unlike any other ultra-marathon. In order to meet their goal of 3100 miles in 52 days, they must log an average of 59.6 miles per day.

Runners begin at 6 a.m. and run for extended periods throughout the day, taking breaks as needed. If they want to, they can continue as late as 12 midnight when the course closes for the night. The base camp is well-lit, and during evening hours a Team member travels the loop on a bicycle, helping to ensure runners' safety.

Abundant vegetarian meals and snacks are prepared throughout the day and served at the counting station.  Each runner is provided with space in a camper for rest breaks. The Marathon Team's legendary attention to detail means that each runner has the amenities he or she needs, including a clean, safe environment and plenty of liquids to stay hydrated. Our experienced Team are veterans of many races, and always happy to offer advice and encouragement.

Runners are strongly encouraged to provide their own individual helpers, who are attuned to their individual needs and provide further support.

The Spiritual Dimension

The Self-Transcendence 3100-Mile Race was conceived by Sri Chinmoy (1931-2007), a spiritual teacher, athlete, artist, musician, poet, and humanitarian. His emphasis on self-transcendence and the triumph of the human spirit provides the inspiration which has powered the race since its inception.

Interviewed by Sports Illustrated in 1990, legendary ultrarunner Yiannis Kouros said: "Without Sri Chinmoy, we would have few races and little future. He has been the sport's lifeline."

The self-transcendence aspect is particularly important in ultrarunning. In our experience as runners, there comes a point in a race when one's physical prowess has reached its limit. To continue on, the runner must rely on his or her own inner determination, to tap into the infinite spiritual power that is within us all, which Sri Chinmoy calls the soul, the representative of the ultimate Divine Being.

For those runners who are Sri Chinmoy's students, the 3100-Mile Race represents an affirmation of his teachings on self-transcendence, an opportunity to manifest the hidden potential of the soul in a practical and dynamic way.

Entering the Race

The Sri Chinmoy Marathon Team holds events as short as two miles which anyone can enter. However, for this ultra event, enrollment is limited - out of numerous applicants, each year 10 to 15 stellar men and women are chosen based on their prior achievements in the ultrarunning community, ability to complete the distance, and other factors.

Due to the race history and spiritual dimension, most participants have been members of the Sri Chinmoy Marathon Team. However, each year race organizers are pleased to select one or two non-Team participants. No particular beliefs are required to apply for the race, but applicants should feel comfortable blending into a spiritual environment where most of their fellow runners and crew will be spiritual seekers.

While a race is by definition a form of competition, the self-transcendence aspect means that runners should feel they are competing with themselves, to run the best race they can, while relating to fellow runners in a spirit of camaraderie and good decorum.

It's our hope that for all the runners, the 3100-Mile Race will be both a physical and spiritual journey - a joyful and enlightening experience. After the hero's journey comes the supreme knowledge that one has accomplished the unimaginable.

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Books

  • Sport and Meditation by Sri Chinmoy, founder of the 3100 Mile Race and a pioneer in the application of meditation to sports (and running in particular). This book is a distillation of 30 years of talks, answers, tips and instructions on unlocking your untapped inner strength and bringing it into your fitness endeavours. Includes a special section where Sri Chinmoy is answering questions from 3100 Mile Race participants. More on sportandmeditation.com »
  • Running Beyond The Marathon by Grahak Cunningham. A four-time finisher and winner in 2012, Grahak was first encouraged to try this race in 2007 by Sri Chinmoy, despite never having run more than 50 miles before. This book is a very interesting chronicle of the inner and outer experiences a multi-day runner goes through. More »
  • Run. Journey. Become. By Stutisheel Lebedev. Stutisheel first ran this epic race in 2004; this book contains stories and insights on inner attitude, nutrition and training gained from his nine-race finishes. More »
  • Running in rhythm with the heart by Jayasalini Olga Abramovskikh - In 2014 Jayasalini became the first Russian woman to complete the race. In the book, she describes how she came to dream of doing the race, her training and preparation, and her experiences during and after the race. More » 

Videos, photos and stories

3100: Run and Become - a new documentary

For the past 3 years, filmmaker Sanjay Rawal has been documenting the significance of running in cultures across the globe, including the 3100 Mile Race. View: iTunesAmazonGoogle Play

Spirit of a Runner - a documentary 

From filmmaker Jessie Beers-Altman, this 28-minute film follows 13-time finisher Suprabha Beckjord as she aims to complete the 2008 edition of the race. View video...

Perfection-Journey

  • Perfection-Journey - Utpal Marshall's daily in-depth stories, photos, and videos from previous 3100 races. 

History

Sahishnu Szczesiul, Associate Race Director and also our race statistician and historian, has published two remarkable accounts in PDF form - the very first 3100-mile race in 1997, as well as its immediate predecessor, the first and only 2700 mile race in 1996.