The Sri Chinmoy Marathon Team sponsored the 20th Annual Self-Transcendence 3,100 Mile Race from 6 a.m. to midnight for 52 days, starting Sunday, June 19, 2016, and concluding Tuesday, Aug. 9. It is the world’s longest certified road race (USAT&F Certificate: NY12013JG). In this seven-and-a-half weeks long (52 days) test of endurance, nine men and three women attempted to complete 5,649 laps of a 0.5488 mile course (883.2079 meters) on paved sidewalks encircling Edison High School and the Joe Austin Playground in Queens, New York. The distance is equal to 118.23 marathons. Five runners finished the distance. Race founder Sri Chinmoy (1931-2007) said, “The supreme secret or goal will be to transcend our own capacities. We will not try to defeat others. We will try only to constantly transcend ourselves.”
1. Yuri Trostenyuk, 52, Vinnitsa, Ukraine 46 days+01:10:25—4 finishes (see picture)
2. Ashprihanal Aalto, 45, Helsinki, Finland 46 days+02:54:22—14 finishes
3. Atmavir Petr Spacil, 38, Zlin, Czech Rep 47 days+11:32:00—9 finishes
4. Vasu Duzhiy, 50, St Petersburg, Russia 48 days+03:54:11—5 finishes
5. Ms. Kaneenika Janakova, 46, Bratislava, Slovakia 51 days+07:31:07—1 finish
This was the 20th consecutive running of the 3,100 Mile Race. To date, 39 people have completed the event, bringing the total of finishes to 144 in 20 years. The most finishes for a man is 14, held by Ashprihanal Aalto, Helsinki, Finland. The most finishes for a woman is 13, held by Suprabha Beckjord, Washington, DC, USA. The current world records were set in 2015. Ashprihanal Aalto of Finland holds the WR of 40 days+ with 09:06:21. Surasa Mairer of Austria holds the WWR of 49 days+ with 07:52:01.
The Sri Chinmoy Marathon Team organizers hope that the Twentieth Annual Self-Transcendence 3,100 Mile Race serves as an inspiration for people in all walks of life to ‘go the extra mile’ or reach their own highest potential in whatever they do.