About the Ultra-Trio
The Sri Chinmoy Marathon Team is pleased to offer one of the world's most unique and difficult endurance events, the Self-Transcendence Ultra Trio. Taking place over 19 days the event encompasses running races of 1300, 1000 and 700 miles. All races are run on a one mile loop, in a style known as 'go as you please.' Runners must use patience, perseverance and common sense, often running close to injury and foregoing sleep in order to attain their daily miles. All services are provided trackside, including food, medical assistance, showers and lapcounting. The running course is certified by USA Track and Field, the governing body of athletics. The competitors sleep in tents and share the road for up to 20 hours a day. The 1300 mile runners need to average 72 miles a day for 18 days (19 days for women) - almost three marathons a day. The 1000 mile race requires 67 miles a day; the 700 miler a mere 58 per day!

Ultra-Trio History
Our first super-long ultramarathon was this hemisphere's first 1000 miler, held at Flushing Meadow Park in 1985. Three men completed the distance, with American pioneer Don Choi finishing first in 15 days 6 hours, out of a field of 15 runners. The 1986 race featured five finishers under 15 days- New Yorker Stu Mittleman winning with a world best of 11 days 20 hours. The 1987 race became the Ultimate Ultra Trio as 1300 and 700 mile distances were added. Although no one completed the 1300 miler, Marty Sprengelmeyer (USA) led the way with 1250 miles. In 1988 the Greek legend Yiannis Kouros assaulted the 1000 mile standard with an astounding world record performance of 10 days 10 hours, averaging 97 miles per day. Sandra Barwick of New Zealand became the first woman to reach 1000 miles in the Ultra Trio with a world best of 14 days 20 hours. In 1989 Scotsman Al Howie became the first person to reach 1300 miles within the time limit with a remarkable performance of 17 days 8 hours, followed by two other men, Ian Javes of Australia and Stefan Schlett of Germany. Suprabha Beckjord of Washington,DC broke the women's 1000 mile world best by 27 minutes that year. Al Howie dominated the 1990 1000 mile event and a year later broke his own 1300 mile record, winning in 16 days 19 hours. Sandra Barwick returned in 1991 to not only shatter the women's 1000 mile standard(12 days 14 hours) but also to become the first female ever to run 1300 miles in a certified race (17 days 22 hours). Antana Locs of Canada and Marty Sprengelmeyer also joined the elite group that have conquered the 1300, each setting new national standards. In 1992 Suprabha Beckjord was added to the 1300 finishers list as she completed the race on the new Ward's Island running course. I993 saw Istvan Sipos of Hungary break Al Howie's record with a brilliant run of 16 days 17 hours. Antana Locs and Suprabha Beckjord both joined Al Howie as two time finishers. In 1994 Locs and Beckjord became the only three time finishers, still keeping the elite list of finishers at eight names. In 1995 Latvian runner Georgs Jermolajevs set a new world best at 1300 miles in 16 days 14 hours.

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