The Twenty-Third Annual Sri Chinmoy Self-Transcendence 3100 Mile Race

Queens New York

The world's longest certified road race: 6 am to midnight for 52 days.

About the event

Welcome to the 23rd 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. It attracts athletes from around the world who want to test themselves against this daunting distance, transcend their own previous capacity, and participate in a great adventure. Along the way, they may also set new world records and gain spiritual insights.

Athletes are able to test themselves in a format unlike any other ultra-marathon event. In order to meet their goal of 3100 miles in 52 days, they must log an average of 59.6 miles 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. View 2019 runner list »

Media articles from previous years:
BBC.COM, The New York Times: • Sports Illustrated: • The Times of London • The Wall Street Journal  • The Washington Post • Harpers Magazine • Outside Magazine • More media articles» 

3100: Run and Become - a new documentary

For the past 3 years, filmmaker Sanjay Rawal has been documenting the significance of running in cultures across the globe, including the 3100 Mile Race. View: iTunesAmazonGoogle Play

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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Certification

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

3100 Mile Race 2018

The 20th edition of the world's longest certified road race starts on 17 June. Go to event page »

Race scoreboard 2019

The race starts June 16 and continues until August 6.

View daily race charts »Runner bios »
3100 Mile Race ( Week 3 )
Show Week: 1234
Men
Name Day 15 Day 16 Day 17 Day 18 Day 19 Day 20 Day 21
1 Asprihanal Aalto 985 1052.5 1117.9 1189.2 1256.7 1327.5 1394.5
day total 61.4 67.5 65.3 71.3 67.5 70.7 66.9
2 Nirbhasa Magee 975.7 1040.5 1105.2 1169.4 1233.7 1300.1 1366.5
day total 64.2 64.7 64.7 64.2 64.2 66.4 66.4
3 Vasu Duzhiy 952.1 1019.6 1077.8 1142 1203.5 1271.5 1331.9
day total 66.4 67.5 58.1 64.2 61.4 68 60.3
4 Smarana Puntigam 953.2 1016.9 1074 1139.8 1200.2 1264.9 1319.3
day total 64.7 63.6 57 65.8 60.3 64.7 54.3
5 Ananda-Lahari Zuscin 928 989.4 1048.7 1128.8 1191.9 1252.3 1311
day total 48.8 61.4 59.2 80.1 63.1 60.3 58.7
6 Todor Dimitrov 892.8 957.6 1017.4 1081.6 1142.6 1199.6 1254.5
day total 63.6 64.7 59.8 64.2 60.9 57 54.8
7 Ushika Muckenhumer 846.7 886.8 933.5 979 1027.3 1077.2 1127.2
day total 46 40 46.6 45.5 48.2 49.9 49.9
Women
Name Day 15 Day 16 Day 17 Day 18 Day 19 Day 20 Day 21
1 Harita Davies 892.8 956.5 1019.1 1081.6 1143.1 1206.2 1268.8
day total 63.6 63.6 62.5 62.5 61.4 63.1 62.5

Race webcam

Race photos

Photos available here and here

Latest updates

Dispatches from race directors Sahishnu Szcsesiul and Rupantar LaRusso.

8 July

Day 23: Over Hill and Dail

It started out with rain and clouds, humidity and coolness. By afternoon, the clouds disappeared, the temps normalized at 85 to 86ºF. For a summer in Queens, NY, this is almost optimal running weather.  Ashprihanal Aalto took advantage of the gift and cranked 70.24 miles out of his strong, supple legs. He is happy to be pain free from top to bottom, and later today, Tuesday, he will reach halfway and beyond. The last six days have shown a solidifying of his position and adaptation to the high mileage. It is a joy to watch. Meanwhile, the normal excellent runners continued on with their journey and its revelations. Nirbhasa the machine has set a high bar for himself, and he is reaching for his maximum best effort. No bad days on his scorecard. He is five laps ahead of his pace from 2017. Meanwhile, Harita Davies has fashioned a cushion of 22 miles, having passed 60 miles for 18 straight days of effort. She has climbed to within 25 miles of fifth place, and is only getting better. First timer Todor Dimitrov has kept the demons at bay and is riding the effort wave. He is adjusting to the lack of extended sleep and general fatigue well, whilst fashioning a small cushion of four and a half miles.  ‘El Capitan’ is representing Varna, Sofia and Bulgaria well. Stay tuned, as today two men will pass halfway.

Ashprihanal Aalto- 1500 miles- 22:08:38:58

More updates »

Video blog

Race director Rupantar LaRusso captures 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

Find out more...

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 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

For the past 3 years, filmmaker Sanjay Rawal has been documenting the significance of running in cultures across the globe, including the 3100 Mile Race. View: iTunesAmazonGoogle Play

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...

Daily updates

History

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.

Race Basics

The race takes place annually over a 52-day period beginning on the third Sunday in June and ending in early August. Runners traverse a .5478 mile loop around a sports field, playground, and high school in Jamaica, Queens, New York City. 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

Sri Chinmoy Races holds events as short as two miles which anyone can enter. 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.

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.

Send a message to the runners!

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