Pushkar C. Müllauer, in a brilliant attempt this year finished the 3100 mile race in Queens, NY, in 48 days, 8 hours, 22 minutes, and 16 seconds. Which is now the 17th rank all time. A personal best by 14 hours. The new Swiss record holder. He was the old one and now he is the new one. Pushkar averaged 64.121 miles per day and 103.192 km. Finishing in 4th place.
As each runner approaches the finish line of the 3100 their faces radiate an almost transcendent glow of satisfaction and happiness. They shine with a pure beauty that comes not from their physical but from the divine qualities that they have drawn closer to each day and with each step that they have taken. With each new mile they moved further and further away from the predictable clutch and grasp of our material world. It may not be heaven, this place to which they have arrived, but from my perspective, as I am now so clearly caught up in the world. They, at least for a moment, have slipped beyond its reach to a realm that appears divine. The price of this kind of sacrifice is not to be measured by mortal hands but only to be praised purely by heaven’s heart. There is a prize as well, but it can only partly be seen by us. We may perceive the glimmer of their transcendent victory while they themselves bask in its full radiant glow.
Of course Pushkar struggled mightily for the last few days with a catalog of injury and pain. The heat and humidity yesterday, will torment and mock him and all the others in its own perverse way. The daily cat and mouse game with obstacles big and small never disappears. For once you have climbed a mountain here it will simply be replace by another and then still another. The race offers it own unique inner joy but this is combined with an extensive legacy of suffering that can never be really avoided.There is no road map and no manual to figure out and plan routes that will safetly evade all the pitfalls of extreme weather and of course extreme life. The only coach and guide is the little voice within. That one that always speaks and offers guidance. It is with our own indifference that we do not take sufficient time and listen well.
Some days ago Pushkar jettisoned the burden of expectation, and so he is unhindered by so much of what captures us and makes it difficult for most of us to even move from beyond our chairs. Today his journey will be complete in so many ways. What we see, and what all can congratulate him for, is that he has transcended himself by almost 14 hours setting a new Swiss record as well.
- Utpal Marshall
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