Self-Transcendence Six and Ten Day Race 2009 in Queens (NY) finished

May 2 saw the end of the 14th Annual Self-Transcendence Ten Day and Six Day Races organised by the Sri Chinmoy Marathon Team, accentuated by dominant performances for both races and genders. Australian Dipali Cunningham In the Ten Day, ultra legend Madhupran Wolfgang Schwerk, 53,from, 50, from Melbourne created the most sensation with a down-to-the-wire effort, surpassing her eight-year-old world road six day women’s record with an amazing 513+ miles. That she turned fifty last year is an even more remarkable fact, besides that she has won 25 of 30 multidays in her career, including ten overall victories. Cunningham said: “I think I am being shown that age is in the mind.” The New York Times reported, that Dipali Cunningham had her best performance when her spirituality took over.  She felt like she was cheating out there because this power and joy entered into her from above. Dipali Cunningham was pushed by American Pam Reed, 48, from Tucson, AZ., who garnered a record herself with 490 miles- the best American womens’ open plus the age group (45-49) for six days. Darren Worts, 38, from Chatham, NJ USA won for the men with 420 miles- his first multiday venture. In the Ten Day, ultra legend Madhupran Wolfgang Schwerk,53,from Solingen, Germany breezed to victory with 777 miles, the third best performance in 10 Day annals and reportedly his last venture into racing beyond 24 hours. Igor Mudryk,34, from Vinnitsa,Ukraine finished second with 712 miles, a personal best of 179 miles! Kaneenika Janakova,38, from Bratislava, Slovakia made it two straight wins in the ladies’ Ten Day event with 707 miles, a personal best by 37 miles and a Slovakian national record. Sarah Barnett from Adelaide, Australia finished second with a PB of 684 miles. There were 44 starters in the 10 Day and 36 in the Six Day Race. The NYT published a video on the event, here is the link.

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