About the 3100 Mile Race

The Self-Transcendence 3100 Mile Race is the longest footrace in the world.

As of 2012, less than 40 runners have completed the race since it was founded by Sri Chinmoy in 1997. Runners have to finish approximately two marathons a day from 6 AM to midnight for 52 continuous days in order to complete the distance in the allotted time. That translates into over 100 laps a day around the half mile city block in Queens where the race takes place during the heat of the summer.

When we wake up in the morning the runners are already on the road (or sidewalk as the case may be), they are still running when we turn on the air conditioning in the heat of the day, they are still running when we go to bed at night. Why do they do it? There’s definitely more to it than physical strength… they are running an inner race as well as an outer race… and they report a rare sense of satisfaction.