A veteran ultramarathoner tackles the Everest of distance racing in this documentary film by filmmaker Jessie Beers-Altman about the world’s longest certified footrace. The film follows distance runner Suprabha Beckjord as she takes on the Sri Chinmoy Self-Transcendence 3,100 Mile Race for an unprecedented 12th year in a row. Hailed by her peers as the greatest super-long distance runner in history, Beckjord has made an annual tradition of running the race which takes place around a half mile-long loop in Queens, NY as a tribute to Bengali spiritual leader Sri Chinmoy. A disciple of Chinmoy for nearly thirty years, Beckjord faces a new challenge as she confronts the journey for the first time since his death. A portrait of inspiration, The Spirit of a Runner challenges our definition of possibility as it explores the enduring capacity of the human heart and the unfaltering power of self-transcendence. – This is only a trailer; the whole film is going to screen as part of the Boston Running Film Festival (http://runagainstcancer.org/runfilmfest/), which takes place in Boston the weekend of the marathon (April 12-15). The film will play at 5 p.m. (Block “C”) on Sunday, 4/14 at the Hynes Convention Center in downtown Boston (close to the finish line area of the marathon).
Nice Interview on Today Show Mornings with Australian Motivational Speaker Grahak Cunningham on ultra marathon and multi day running. Grahak, a student of Sri Chinmoy, recently finished the 3100 mile race in Queens, NY, in first position. Congratulations!
On May 8/9, 2010, the Sri Chinmoy Marathon Team organized the 22nd edition of the 12+24 Hour Race in the Sports Stadium St. Jakobs in Basel, Switzerland. This time we had many new runners that joined the group the comes to Basel regularly – all together 122 from 13 nations. All races of the Sri Chinmoy Marathon Team use a round course that gives them the best opportunity to be of serve to the runners around the clock with counter, food and medical stations. In addition to this several music groups such as “Mountain-Silence” and Adesh & Ajita performed at the course for inspiration. Although the weather was not ideal in the evening and during the night, the atmosphere was friendly and enthusiastic until the finish on Sunday noon. First among the men in the 24 hour category was Ludger Robert Boewer with a distance of 238 k and among the women Heike Christ with 208 k, both from Germany. Fastest 12 hour runners were Thomas Herget (134 k) and Dorothea Pfeffer (115 k), also from Germany. A 7 minute summary of the 24 hour event can be watched on srichinmoytv.
The 22nd Basel Self-Transcendence Race will have for the first time a 24 h LIVE COVERAGE on http://www.livestream.com/srichinmoyraces. Together with the Deutschen Ultramarathon-Vereinigung there will also be news and interviews at the top of the hour. Start of Live Coverage is this Saturday May 8th at 11:30 h CET; the start of the race is scheduled for 12:00 h and at midnight there will be the start of the 12-hour race. On Sunday May 9th from 11:00 to 12:00 h you can witness the finish, which is always a powerful and moving event.