Watch - Ultramaratona, ennesima impresa del veneziano Andrea Marcato at Rainews.it (Italian)
43 days 11 hours 7 minutes 26 seconds. This is how long it took Andrea Marcato, 38 years old from the suburbs of Venice, to win the longest certified road race in the world. “The Sri Chinmoy Self-Transcendence 3100 Mile Race”, almost 5000km, was completed by the Italian athlete with the 5th best time overall, and the best first attempt performance of all-time in the race history.
The race is taking place on a 1 km loop at Glanspitz Park along the river flowing through Salzburg, Austria. An incredible achievement, that only a few can dare to attempt, if you consider that the participants run more than 2 marathons a day, for a total of 118 consecutive marathons, in order to complete the total distance of 3100 miles, or 4989km. They can run or walk as much as they want between 6 am and midnight, and they have 52 days to complete the race.
“The most important thing,” says Andrea, “is quieting the mind and…. getting up really early!!”
Marcato is the 49th person who was able to complete the race since its inception in 1997. He went through 9 pairs of running shoes and to ease the pain in his feet, he soaked them in ice for 5 minutes every day. As a vegetarian, in order to intake the needed 10,000 calories a day, he consumed for the most part whole wheat bread, avocado and cheese. Despite this, in a month and a half he still lost 10 kg.