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 | Orf.at / (English) – 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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Live Camera (from 6am to midnight CET)
Daily updates capturing some of the atmosphere of this unique race.All videos »
Dispatches from the race director, Priyavadin Reisecker in Salzburg and Sahishnu Szczesiul in New York.
Day 13: The Rains Came
Rain from morning to evening. Night temperature 4 Celsius.
Very difficult weather. Still all the runners were quite cheerful and kept on going the whole 18 hours.
The runners needed more waterproof running gear, socks, shoes, trousers, jackets, gloves, hats, shawls etc....They had to change into dry gear quite often. Quite different from a week ago at 29ºC !
Ushika said he never had a day in a multiday race with so few minutes without rain.
He called the day "triple-miracle-day". I guess for him it was a miracle to reach 97 km at midnight.
In his typical manner he finished his last and 93rd lap today saying "Jai Guru!"-Victory!
It seems nothing bothers Andrea. He accepts circumstances well and strives hard to overcome problems.
He closed at midnight with 104,3 km which makes him once again winner of the day.
Changing his wet clothes for dry ones, at midnight, he discovered that his ankle is swollen.
Let the well-deserved night rest heal his swelling.
Nirbhasa did well and went home at 23:27 covering 98 km. This total brought him 2nd place for the day.
Milan likes the cold weather, but took no break until 21:00, which resulted in shin splints. And therefore he could only walk from then on. He went home 23:30 with 86,6 km.
Ananda-Lahari had another off day with a lot of walking. He hopes he can run again tomorrow. He covered 84,5 km by midnight.
Andrea Marcato- 900 miles- 12 days+16:19:54
Nirbhasa Magee- 1300km- 12 days+08:49:48
The rainy days are the tough ones, especially when it is cold rain. It is impossible to stay dry- especially the feet, so having numerous pairs of shoes is essential. The colder weather phenomenon of late fall also places more pressure on the body, as heavier foods are needed to sustain energy in colder conditions, and the body’s immune system is taxed more- not by over heating, but from chills causing weakness and head colds. I think all of us who follow ultra-distance races have some empathy for those runners who go do the extreme events, because we have an inkling how the mind can weaken one’s enthusiasm in a flash.
Good luck runners, and stay healthy. Do what you can, and move along. We will be watching. Smile when you can- it will relieve tension in the face and head.
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.