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The 26th edition of the Sri Chinmoy Self-Transcendence 3100 Mile Race saw a stellar field with 12 runners entering this unique challenge. In the first couple of weeks, the runners made excellent starts. Yet this is an ultra race like no other, the event is perhaps unique in straddling two seasons – the end of summer and the beginning of Autumn. In late September, the tail-end of Hurricane Ian hit New York with days and days of persistent rain. Yet, despite the innumerable practical difficulties of such weather, the race continued with the cheerful support of an army of volunteers and the inspiring persistence and determination of the hero-runners.
The race included three first time entrants. Stephen Redfern from Australia impressed with his cheerful and positive demeanour. After being forced to retire for a few days with severe blisters, he came back determined to honour the race and family of runners. It is a similar spirit that drew back Nirbhasa Magee. After a Covid relapse, he would have had good reason to retire. But, as perhaps only the runners can testify, there is a magic to being on the course, which makes them push through physical pain for the inner reward. The current women’s world Record Holder Kaneenika Janakova (48 days+14:24:10 ) from Slovakia, knows how to fly around the course, but this year experienced a different kind of self-transcendence, being grateful for a new experience.
This was a recurring theme of the 3100 Mile Race, we may come with goals and hopes, but ultimately have to surrender to the experience offered. No one better exemplifies this spirit of cheerful surrender than 18 times participant Ananda-Lahari Zuscin.
Another first time entrant who impressed on her debut was Huang Lan Yang, who fell just short of completing the full 3100 miles at her first attempt. It is worth mentioning that once Sri Chinmoy was asked for advice for 3100 runners, he recommended smiling more. Perhaps no one lived up to Sri Chinmoy’s advice better than Huang Lan Yang who was always ready with a smile.
As a first time entrant, Susan Marshall excelled to be the women’s champion in a time of 50 days 16 hours. It is a remarkable achievement and her exploits were reported by the media in Australia and New Zealand. (e.g. ABC News)
Stutisheel Lebedev from the Ukraine finished his rollercoaster race at almost the last hour of the last day, a fitting tribute to his determination, making it ten finishes in total.
In 4th place was Vasu Duzihy, a three times past winner, who finished his tenth race out of ten, with an excellent time of 48 days 10 hours.
In 3rd place was Lo Wei Ming - one of the great Asian ultra runners of all time. He exceeded his best from last year, setting a new national record of 46 days 15:01:43.
In 2nd place was Ashprihanal Aalto in a time of 45 days 16:28:47. Asprihanal will always be a legend of this race. The current men’s world record holder (in an incredible time of 40 days+09:06:21), he also holds the record for the most finishes of sixteen.
The winner for the third consecutive year was Andrea Marcato, in a superb time of 43 days and three hours 20:27. Throughout the race Andrea exuded determination, focus and concentration. In a race that is so long, Andrea exemplifies how every second counts. There was a real devotion to seeking every possible lap.
Of all the outer achievements of the race, nothing is more important than the inner oneness the race seeks to bring about. Sri Chinmoy once said that 3100 Mile Runners could serve their countries in a most significant way, through the positive energy and oneness the race brings to the fore. This oneness was picked up by the media who saw a seed of hope manifested in the oneness between the two runners from Russia and Ukraine.
Also, the race is much more than the 12 runners. It requires a large team of self-giving servers, who freely give of their time because they value what the race can give. We are particularly indebted to those, away from the limelight, who prepared food throughout the day. We are also grateful to all those who counted runners, took photos, provided supplies and offered medical supervision. But, more than anything we offer our gratitude to Sri Chinmoy, the founder of the race, who created not just the world’s longest certified race, but something more. An opportunity to create a new world in this humble block of New York and the vision that anything is possible.
“There is only one dream
That will always be perfect
In your lifetime,
And that is the dream
– Sri Chinmoy
(speech by race director Rupantar LaRusso after race)
Finishing times 2022
- Andrea Marcato: 43 days 03:20:27
- Ashprihanal Aalto: 45 days 16:28:47
- Lo Wei-Ming: 46 days 15:01:43
- Vasu Duzihy 48 days 10:59:02
- Susan Marshall: 50 days 16:23:53
- Stutisheel Lebedev: 51 days 15:37:47
- Huang Lan Yang - 3,000.2 miles
- Stephen Redfern - 2728 miles
- Kaneenika Janakova - 2658.9 miles
- Ananda-Lahari Zuscin - 2637.5 miles
- Nirbhasa Magee - 1543.2 miles
- Media links 2022
- Race Photos at Sri Chinmoy Ultra
- Race videos at Vimeo | More Race videos at other Vimeo account.
- Daily reports and daily videos - at 3100.srichinmoyraces.org
- Enthusiasm Singers - a Post by Parvati about the group of female singers, who sing to the runners on the course.
- Photos and Videos at Instagram
- ABC TV News 29 October - Epic Contest featuring Susan Marshall