Self-Transcendence 3100 Mile Race

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Self-Transcendence 3100 Mile Race
Date June–August
Location Jamaica, Queens, Queens, New York, USA
Event type Ultramarathon
Distance 3,100 miles (4,989 km)
Beneficiary Sri Chinmoy Marathon Team
Established 1985 — 1000 miles;
1987 — 2004 Ultra Trio (700, 1000 and 1300-miles);
1996 — 2700 miles (4,345 km);
since 1997 — 3100 miles
Course records M: 41 days 08:16:29 Germany Madhupran Wolfgang Schwerk (2006);
F: 49 days 14:30:54
United States Suprabha Beckjord (1998)
Official site www.3100.ws

The Self-Transcendence 3100 mile race is the world's longest certified footrace.[1] In 1996 Sri Chinmoy created this event as a 2,700-mile (4,345 km) race. At the award ceremony that year he declared that the 1997 edition would be extended to 3,100 miles (4,989 km).

This multiday race is hosted by the Sri Chinmoy Marathon Team and takes place in Queens, New York in the USA from June–August every year. The course is 3,100 miles (4,989 km) long. Runners negotiate 5649 laps of one extended city block in Jamaica, Queens - 164th Place to Abigail Adams (84th) Avenue to 168th Street to Grand Central Parkway Coordinates: 40°42′58″N 73°47′58″W / 40.716183°N 73.79941061°W / 40.716183; -73.79941061 ("Self-Transcendence 3100 Mile Race course") - a distance of 0.5488 mile (883 m).[2] The runners have 52 days in which to complete the distance - an average of 60.78 miles (97.82 km) every day.

History[edit]

The Self-Transcendence 3100 mile was founded by Sri Chinmoy out of his wish to create an opportunity for runners to discover the limits of their capacities and to try to go beyond them. Hence the name "Self-Transcendence", which is appended to all the footraces that the Sri Chinmoy Marathon Team hosts. Since 1985 when the group first began holding races, the focus on the ultramarathon and multiday races has grown from the Ultra Trio, three races with staggered starts of 700, 1000 and 1300-mile duration that take place in September, and the spring races, which include the Self-Transcendence 6-Day race and the only annual race of its kind, the Self-Transcendence 10-Day race.

In 1996 Sri Chinmoy created this event as a 2,700-mile (4,345 km) race. At the award ceremony that year he declared that the 1997 edition would be extended to 3,100 miles (4,989 km). The race has been run at this distance every year since.

Records & winners[edit]

1,000 Mile IAU World Championship 1988[edit]

1988 Sri Chinmoy 1,000 Mile IAU World Championship and 700 and 1,300 Mile Races were held 20 May — 7 June 1988.

Records[edit]

The Worldrecord is held by Madhupran Wolfgang Schwerk who broke his own time of 42 days 13:24:03 set in 2002 with a new record of 41 days 08:16:29 in July 2006. Thereby he reached also 74 new Best Times from 1400 Miles to 5000 km.[4] The ladies' record is held by Suprabha Beckjord who completed 3100 miles in 49 days 14:30:54 in 1998. Suprabha Beckjord is the only person to have completed every edition of the race(until 2009). Asprihanal Aalto has won the race seven times out of his eleven starts.

Winner's list[edit]

Winner's list 700 - 2700 Miles (Antecessor of 3100 mile Race)
Year Distance
(Miles)
Athlete (Men) Time Athlete (Women) Time
1985 1000
1986 1000 United States Stu Mittleman 11 days+20:37 [5]
1987 700
1000
1300
Greece Yiannis Kouros
United States Tom Grace
United States Marty Sprengelmeyer
(150 miles)
(567 miles)
(1250 miles)
Canada Antana Locs
United States Pippa Davis
Japan Izumi Yamamoto
(691 miles)
(832 miles)
(825 miles) [6]
1988 700
1000
1300
United Kingdom Sauriya Clarc
Greece Yiannis Kouros
Germany Stefan Schlett
11days+05:42.00
10 days+10:30.36
(1172 miles)
United States Suprabha Schechter
New Zealand Sandra Barwick
Japan Izumi Yamamoto
10 days+13:03.45
14 days+20:45.16
(230 miles)
1989 700
1000
1300


Canada Al Howie


17 days+9:
United States Suprabha Schechter
1990 700
1000
1300

United States Suprabha Schechter

13 days+53:[7]
1991 700
1000
1300


Canada Al Howie


16 days+19:


New Zealand Sandra Barwick[7]


17 days+22:46.07
1992 700
1000
1300
Hungary István Sipos

9 days+14:43:30



United States Suprabha Beckjord[7]
1993 700
1000
1300


Hungary István Sipos


16 days+17:36:14

Australia Dipali Cunningham

15days+12:52:02
1994 700
1000
1300


Canada Antana Locs[7]
1995 700
1000
1300


Latvia Georgs Jermolajevs


16 days+14:[7]
1996 700
1000
1300
2700

Hungary István Sipos

Latvia Georgs Jermolajevs

13 days+22:27.27

40 days+11:
United States Suprabha Beckjord 43 days+01:
1997 700
1000
1300
2700



Latvia Georgs Jermolajevs



Australia Dipali Cunningham


13days+20:18:40

Winner's list 3100 Miles (Race best time coloured background)
Date Distance Men Women
Year Miles Country Athlete Time
(days, hours, minutes, seconds)
Country Athlete Time
(days, hours, minutes, seconds)
1997 3100  United States Edward Kelley 47:15:19:56 [8]  United States Suprabha Beckjord 51:02:09:56 [8]
1998 3100  Hungary István Sipos 46:17:02:06 [8]  United States Suprabha Beckjord 49:14:30:54 [8]
1999 3100  United States Edward Kelley 48:12:42:46 [8]  United States Suprabha Beckjord 51:14:16:17 [8]
2000 3100  Finland Asprihanal Aalto 47:13:29:55 [8]  United States Suprabha Beckjord 54:15:51:34 [8]
2001 3100  Finland Asprihanal Aalto 48:10:56:12 [8]  United States Suprabha Beckjord 52:10:37:42 [8]
2002 3100  Germany Madhupran Wolfgang Schwerk 42:13:24:03 [8]  United States Suprabha Beckjord 51:12:08:06 [8]
2003 3100  Serbia and Montenegro Namitabha Arsic 49:02:24:45 [8][9]  United States Suprabha Beckjord 56:03:00:22 [8][9]
2004 3100  Finland Asprihanal Aalto 46:06:55:11 [8][9]  United States Suprabha Beckjord 55:13:13:00 [8][9]
2005 3100  Serbia and Montenegro Srdjan Stojanovich 46:10:51:16 [8][9]  United States Suprabha Beckjord 63:04:23:28 [9][10]
2006 3100  Germany Madhupran Wolfgang Schwerk 41:08:16:29 [4][9]  United States Suprabha Beckjord 60:04:35:24 [9][11]
2007 3100  Finland Asprihanal Aalto 43:04:26:32 [8][9]  United States Suprabha Beckjord 58:07:54:27 [9][12]
2008 3100  Finland Asprihanal Aalto 44:02:42:15 [8][9]  United States Suprabha Beckjord 56:17:51:22 [9][13]
2009 3100  Finland Asprihanal Aalto 43:16:28:06 [8][9]  United States Suprabha Beckjord 60:08:58:51 [9][14]
2010 3100  Finland Asprihanal Aalto 46:07:37:24 [9][15] No finisher
2011 3100  Ukraine Sarvagata Ukrainskyi 44:13:38:52 [8][9]  Austria Surasa Mairer 53:15:54:25 [9][16]
2012 3100  Australia Grahak Cunningham 43:10:36:39 [9][17] No entrants
2013 3100  Russia Vasu Duzhiy 47:05:39:00 [18]  Austria Surasa Mairer 50:04:57:24 [18]
2014 3100  Ukraine Sarvagata Ukrainskyi 44:06:58:10 [19]  Australia Sarah Barnett 50:03:55:08 [20]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Huffington Post Mathias, Christopher (2011-07-06). "3,100 Mile Self-Transcendence Race 2011 Enters 23rd Day In Queens". Huffington Post. Retrieved 2013-01-23. 
  2. ^ Harper's Magazine "Run Like Fire Once More: Chasing perfection at the world’s longest footrace". August 2007. Retrieved 2013-02-21. 
  3. ^ us.srichinmoyraces.org "Finish Statistics 1300 mile Race". 1988. Retrieved 2013-03-19. 
  4. ^ a b Runner's World Madphuran Wolfgang Schwerk. February 2007. Retrieved 2013-03-26. 
  5. ^ us.srichinmoyraces.org "1000 mile Road Race". 2012-10-14. Retrieved 2013-03-19. 
  6. ^ us.srichinmoyraces.org "Results and Records". 2011-11-18. Retrieved 2013-03-19. 
  7. ^ a b c d e srichinmoyraces.org "About The 3100 Mile Race". 2008-12-14. Retrieved 2013-03-19. 
  8. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r s t u lebedev.org "Winners List 1997 - 2011". 2011. Retrieved 2013-03-19. 
  9. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r statistik.d-u-v.org "DUV Statistics". 12012. Retrieved 2013-03-30. 
  10. ^ srichinmoyraces.org "2005 Race". 2009-10-29. Retrieved 2013-03-21. 
  11. ^ srichinmoyraces.org "2006 Edition". 2010-08-12. Retrieved 2013-03-21. 
  12. ^ srichinmoyraces.org "2007 Race". 2010-08-12. Retrieved 2013-03-21. 
  13. ^ srichinmoyraces.org "Results 2008". 2010-06-31. Retrieved 2013-03-21. 
  14. ^ srichinmoyraces.org "Results 2009". 2010-06-31. Retrieved 2013-03-21. 
  15. ^ srichinmoyraces.org "Results 2010". 2010-08-04. Retrieved 2013-03-21. 
  16. ^ Die Presse "(German) New York: Wienerin bewältigt 5000-Kilometer-Extremlauf". 2011-08-10. Retrieved 2013-03-27. 
  17. ^ srichinmoyraces.org "2012 Final Results". 2012-08-16. Retrieved 2013-03-21. 
  18. ^ a b srichinmoyraces.org "2013 Results". 2013-08-06. Retrieved 2013-08-06. 
  19. ^ perfectionjourney.org "Today we celebrate". 2014-07-29. Retrieved 2014-07-30. 
  20. ^ 3100.ws "Day 51: Two More Make It In". 2014-08-05. Retrieved 2014-08-05. 

Further reading[edit]

  • Cunningham, Grahak : Running Beyond The Marathon - insights into the longest footrace in the world, eText Press Publishing, 2012, ASIN B00AK1J0WS
  • Emmaus, PA: Endurancs Special - An ultramarathon is one thing. But 3,100 miles around a city block is something else entirely. What does it take to endure the world's longest (and strangest) race?, Runner's World, Zürich 2007, OCLC 103305923
  • Hoad, Richard : World's Toughest Endurance Challenges, Bloomsbury Publishing, 2012, ISBN 978-1408158852

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