The Twentieth Annual Sri Chinmoy Self-Transcendence 3100 Mile Race

19 June - 9 August
Queens New York

The world's longest certified road race, taking place from 6 am to midnight for 52 days.

About the event

Welcome to the 20th Annual Self-Transcendence 3100 Mile Race. Called 'The Mount Everest of ultramarathons' by The New York Times, this is the longest certified footrace in the world. Athletes are able to test themselves in a format unlike any other ultra-marathon event. They must average 59.6 miles per day- for 52 straight days - in order to reach 3100 miles. The surface is concrete sidewalks around a playground, ball fields, and the confines of a vocational high school, and all in a city neighborhood setting. They must run these miles in an 18-hour daily format. The physical and psychological demands are prodigious, if not overwhelming. Thus, participation is limited to invited athletes who have a resume of multi-day running experience and elite endurance abilities. Entry into the race is at the Race Director's discretion.

We hope that the race serves as an inspiration for people in all walks of life to ‘go the extra mile’ or reach their own highest potential in whatever they do. Our race founder Sri Chinmoy often used ‘self-transcendence’ as the cornerstone of his philosophy.  He said,” The supreme secret or goal will be to transcend our own capacities. We will not try to defeat others.  We will try only to constantly transcend ourselves. We must try to develop universal goodwill. When transcending ourselves, we will not fight with ourselves.”

Spirit of a Runner - a documentary

From filmmaker Jessie Beers-Altman, this is the most in-depth documentary about the 3100 Mile Race made yet. The race follows 13-time finisher Suprabha Beckjord as she aims to complete the 2008 edition of the race. Spirit of a Runner challenges our definition of possibility, as it explores the enduring capacity of the human heart.

Distance

3,100 Miles

Start time

  • 6:00 am every day

The Sri Chinmoy Marathon Team

Serving the running community for over 35 years...

Team Founder Sri Chinmoy

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

Contact

Sahishnu Szczesiul
718 297 2556
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Award categories

  • Trophies to all finishers

Certification

  • USAT&F Certified Course NY12013JG
  • UST&F Sanction 2015
  • IAU Bronze Label 2015

3100 Mile Race 2016

The 20th edition of the world's longest certified road race starts on 19 July. Go to event page »

Race scoreboard

View 2016 runners »
  Place Runner Day 8 Day 9 Day 10 Day 11 Day 12 Day 13
Men:
  1 Vasu Duzhiy  595.45             
    day total 71.89             
  2 Atmavir Petr Spacil  578.98             
    day total 60.36             
  3 Yuri Trostenyuk  566.36             
    day total 67.5             
  4 Ashprihanal Aalto  551             
    day total 68.06             
  5 Ananda-Lahari Zuscin  514.77             
    day total 49.39             
  6 Sopan Tsekov  484.04             
    day total 60.92             
  7 Volodymyr Hlushchuk  473.07             
    day total 26.9             
  8 Baladev Pavol Saraz  461.54             
    day total 56.53             
  9 Stutisheel Lebedyev  447.82             
    day total 63.66             
Women:
  1 Surasa Mairer (F)  517.52             
    day total 64.21             
  2 Kaneenika Janakova (F)  503.8             
    day total 63.66             
  3 Shamita Achenbach-Konig (F)  493.92             
    day total 62.01 
 

Race Webcam

Live updates from the track (when the camera is switched on)

Race photos

Photos available here and here

Latest updates

Dispatches from race directors Sahishnu Szcsesiul and Rupantar LaRusso.

26 June

Day 8: The Search for Miles

Vasu Duzhiy wasted little time in extending his lead in the 3100 Mile Race today, running 71.89 miles while winning Day honors again. He has increased his lead to 16 miles. What is also interesting is that he is 63.3 miles ahead of his personal best from 2015, when he cruised to a personal best by almost three days. Surasa Mairer has moved up to fifth overall with a quality 64.21 mile day. She is averaging 64.69 miles per day(104.108km), and is 47 miles ahead of her record pace last year.  The first nine runners are all on pace to finish. Ashprihanal Aalto had the second best total today with 68+ miles. He will be a player in the overall standings if his fitness level continues to rise.

Volodymyr Hlushchuk from Vinnitsa, Ukraine suffered a setback when he had supposed back spasms that prevented him from moving at all. An alert physician diagnosed kidney issues that were resolved with medicine and water intake. He was able to get back on the course at 4:00 pm and continued on until midnight. His diagnosis looks fine and his resolve is to continue. Luckily he has only a small deficit to remain on pace. 

Video blog

Race director Rupantar LaRusso and videographers Utpal Marshall and Arpan DeAngelo capture some of the atmosphere of this unique race.

View all videos on our Vimeo page

Perfection Journey

Latest updates from Utpal Marshall's excellent blog.

Go to perfectionjourney.org

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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 9 race finishes. More »

Videos, photos and stories