Most avid runners have tried their hand at running a half-marathon or full marathon, there are even ultra-marathons for people who really like to test their limits. But the Self-Transcendence Race is a super-ultra-mega-marathon that can only be described a torturous, mind-numbing, hamster wheel of a race.
Now, you might think that the world’s longest foot race would be across an epic course covering several countries, or at least a Forrest Gump-style coast-to-coast trek across America, but that couldn’t be farther from the truth. The 3,100 mile race is actually just a circuit around a single boring New York City block that contestants run around for what must feel like an eternity.
For the few dedicated runners that are crazy enough to take on the challenge, here’s what their life will consist of for the next seven weeks: get up at 6am, run for 18 hours on an unforgiving concrete surface while trying to fit in a couple of bland pre-made meals, sleep for a few hours, then get up and repeat that entire cycle for 51 more days. If you do the math, it basically works out to running two full marathons every day for almost two months straight. So unless the runners are willing to forgo their six-hour rest period, that means no TV, no video games, no socializing with friends, just relentless running around the same dull block day in and day out.
While some of the runners that take part in the race just like running, many of them are disciples of the Bengali Guru Sri Cinmoy and believe that part of spirituality is taking on seemingly impossible physical challenges. Regardless of their motivation, you’ve got to admire the sheer willpower and determination of anyone who can actually complete it.
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