The Sri Chinmoy Self-Transcendence 3100 Mile Race
The world's longest certified road race: 6 am to midnight for 52 days.
About the event
We are thrilled to announce that this year's Sri Chinmoy Self-Transcendence 3100 Mile Race will be held on a new course, in Salzburg, Austria, beginning September 13th.
Based on consultations with local experts we made a number of modifications to strictly adhere to local health standards. 5 runners will now start this year's edition.
- About the race: 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. More details »
- Media articles 2020: Salzburger Nachrichten – All Media Articles »
- Media articles 2019: Die Presse (Austria) • BBC • Wall Street Journal • Childrens' BBC • TV1 New Zealand • Bulgarian Media • Rockland/Westchester Journal • Newsforkids.net • Globo TV (Brazil)
- Media articles from previous years: New York Times
- 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...
- AIMS/IAAF Course Measurer Mag. Rainer Soos
- Course name: Sri Chinmoy Self Transcendence 3100 Mile Run
- One lap = 1043.67 meters = 1.0436697 km = .6485063 miles
3100 Mile Race 2020
Held since 1997 in New York, the 2020 edition of the world's longest certified road race starts 13 September in a new home - the beautiful city of Salzburg, Austria. Go to event page »
Race scoreboard 2020
The race has a 52-day cutoff (November 3)
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Daily updates capturing some of the atmosphere of this unique race.All videos »
Dispatches from the race directors.
Sri Chinmoy Self-Transcendence 3100 Mile Race Salzburg 2020
Today was interview day: a two-man team, friends of Ushika and the Gandharva Loka (music store-he is the manager) came. They wanted to do a report on the 3100 and on Ushika. Tomorrow morning they will film him moving slowly and stiff from his flat to his bike. Another local reporter came. He, for the first time visited our Cafe and got so inspired that he came to the Race site. Here he became even more interested. The inspiration accumulated in him resulted in him inviting me tomorrow morning to fly with him in a small airplane above our course and filming the track. As an extra present, he will fly me me above our mountains later on.
Ushikas daily resume’ : Hot and Cold !
Hot during the day, cold in the evening, very cold at night.
Ushikas’ legs are slowly loosening up and recovering from 'slower than the slowest'. He started to jog again.
He reached 87 km in a good spirit and went home together with Andrea at 24:00.
Andrea after racing the day before with only 10 min break got sore feet, which inspired him to have some leaf treatment
and a longer break today. Luckily our Race director Bipin encouraged him to eat more.
He reached 102 km and went home at 24:00.
Milan seems to be a silent warrior, through working with kids in his regular life!
His legs are cooperating better and his knee problem also seems to be getting slowly better.
At 23:30 he reached 85 km and went home happily.
Nirbhasa reached 102 km at 23:20 and soulfully and cheerfully called it a day.
He feels good and is enjoying the newness of having the Race in Salzburg.
Ananda-Lahiri reached 83 km at 22:30 and asked if somebody can drive him home.
Further more he happily proclaimed 'we are making progress'! He went home at 21:00 yesterday.
As usual he is always smiling, caring about the other runners and helpers. He looks very balanced.
Stats for today:
Ananda-Lahari Zuscin- 500km- 5days+02:32:17
Ushika Muckenhumer- 500km- 5days+07:24;43
Milan Javornicky- 500km- 5days+06:54;26
Six Day Totals:
Andrea Marcato- 666.9048km / 414.3953miles
Nirbhasa Magee- 613.6776km / 381.3201miles
Ananda-Lahari Zuscin 567.7562km / 352.7874miles
Ushika Muckenhumer- 553.1448km / 343.7083miles
Milan Javornicky- 548.9700km / 340.9278miles
The first three men are on pace to finish the race. The other two need some work, so as they progress and add to their totals,
they will overcome sore muscles and become stronger and fit. Of course, there are many obstacles in the way of all the runners.
Yet they persevere and continue on their journey. As Priyavadin has stated in his observations, the general attitude of the runners
is that they are happy to be at the course, doing their best, and pushing themselves to a greater awareness in mind and body, and beyond.
Good Luck Runners, as you reach your first week completed on Saturday.
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 .5478 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, and this year's edition will take place in Salzburg, Austria.
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. (In 2020, this number was limited to 5)
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.
Find out more...
- 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
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 - Utpal Marshall's daily in-depth stories, photos, and videos from the 3100
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.