3,100 Mile Race
August 13th, 2009. The world's longest certified race, the Self - Transcendence 3,100 Mile Race 2009 ended with eleven finishers as of August 13th. Suprabha Beckjord is the US participant in the 3100 Race, a resident of Washington, D.C and the only woman to have completed the 3100-miler, and the only thirteenth-time finisher, a legend in her own time.
The 3,100 miler, held annually for the past 13 years in Jamaica, Queens, is an incomprehensible distance to most of the 6 billion inhabitants of the earth except for that rare and extraordinary few that number perhaps 2 dozen in total. Mind-numbing not only in distance, but in the route itself: .5488 of a mile course around a block, around a single school, for a total of 5649 laps to complete the 3,1oo. Onlookers shake their heads in amazement, race staff and handlers must take rest from looking after the runners, while the runners themselves indefatigably run from 6 am to 12 midnight for nearly 2 months, day in and day out, in record breaking heat and during severe thunderstorms. The utlimate Self-Transcendence, these runners undergo an inner and outer transformation that cannot be described. Their achievements inspire, uplift and will outlast the centuries to come.
While everyone is an uncontested winner and champion in the 3,100 Miler, the results are posted here in tribute to these heroes and heroine of our time.
1st Place Finisher Asprihanal Aalto of FinlandJuly 27th, 2009. Asprihanal Aalto of Finland once again won the 2009 Self-Transcendence 3100 Mile Race for a record sixth time. Total time: 43 days+16:28:06, averaging 70.964 miles, or 114.206 km, per day. He has now run nine times and has achieved four of the top six fastest performances in history.
2nd Place Finisher Grahak Cunningham of Australia
July 28th, 2009. Grahak Cunningham established a new Australian record when he came in second in the 3100 mile race. Total time: 44 days+09:08:58, averaging 69.857 miles per day, or 112.417 km. He is now the third-ranked runner of this distance in the world, and surpassed his previous best by two days.
3rd Place Finisher Petr Spacil of Czech Republic
July 29th, 2009. Petr Spacil from Brno, Czech Republic finished 3rd with a total time of 45 days+03:44:21, three days faster than his previous best. Petre averaged 68.655 miles per day, or 110.489 - km.
4th Place Finisher Vladimir Balatsky of Austria
August 1st, 2009. Vladimir Balatsky of the Ukraine placed fourth in the Self-Transcendence 3100 Mile Race today in a total time of 48 days+02:25:50.
5th Place Finisher Pranjal Milovnik of the Slovakia
August 1st, 2009. A few hours later Pranjal Milovnik of Slovakia crossed the finish line in 48 days+06:07:50, surpassing his personal best by 28 hours.
6th Place Finisher Stutisheel Lebedev of Ukraine
August 1st, 2009. Stutisheel Lebedev, who has run the race six times, finished in 48 days+12:42:46, nearly two days better than his previous best.
7th Place Finisher Pushkar Mullauer of Switzerland
August 2nd, 2009. Pushkar C. Mullauer of Switzerland established a Swiss record time of 49 days+ 02:57:03, an average of 63.110 miles per day, or 101.560 km. Pushkar is the first Swiss citizen the 3,100 mile distance on a certified course.
8th Place Finisher Diganta Adikhari of Austria
August 4th, 2009. Diganta Adikhari of Austria completed the 3100 Miler for the fourth time in 51 days +13:26:22
9th Place Finisher Pavol Saraz of Czech Republic
August 7th, 2009. Pavol Saraz from Czech Republic finished his first 3100 miles in 54 days+14:26:40. Pavol averaged 56.777 miles per day(91.375 km)
10th Place Finisher Ananda-Lahari Zuscin of Slovakia
August 8th, 2009. Ananda-Lahari Zuscin of Slovakia completed the 3100 miles in 56 days+10:12:07, his fifth completion of the race.
11th Place Finisher Suprabha Beckjord of Slovakia
August 13th, 2009. 53-year-old Suprabha Beckjord completed the improbable feat of finishing the Self-Transcendence 3100 mile race for the 13th time in 60 days+08:58:51. This brings her nearly twice around the world( 40,302.226 miles/ 64,622.160 km) while running a tiny .5488 mile loop on urban sidewalks. She has been the only female runner in the race’s existence and the only person to finish all thirteen races.
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Results courtesy of the 3,100 Mile Race Blog. Photos contributed by Arpan.