“I just want to say that standing here with this record is really hard to believe. It is hard to believe because I had doubts until the beginning of this race. Because I always felt that I was not strong enough. That I am too weak and too tired. But there were always good persons who said, no, no!”
“You just have to come to the starting line and everything will be okay. Good that I listened to her. So I registered very very late.”
“It is hard to believe because you cannot capture it. Because it is all grace. It is all grace, grace, grace. That I could do it at this age (56 years old).
“So what more can I say than gratitude. All gratitude to the great Sri Chinmoy Marathon team, because they are working so hard. Very very hard, and still they are all very nice. I admire this really very much.”
“Than of course I want to thank all my helpers.”
“You can be a good runner and you can accomplish nothing. You always need a team. Otherwise you will do nothing. Than of course I want to thank Nirjharini and the great cooks. They also working very hard. I also want to thank the counters and those who came around, and of course Parvati and the Enthusiasm Awakeners.”
“They give us so much joy.”
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“Surasa Mairer from Vienna what an extraordinary performance. 3100 miles in 49 days, 7 hours, and 52 minutes. You averaged 62.84 miles per day, or 101.1 km a day. The fastest women’s time in history. You move from 26th to 21st place. You have gone 6 hours and 38 minutes faster than the previous record held by the immortal Suprabha Beckjord.
“I really thought that Surasa’s career had peaked in 2001 and 2002 when she set numerous records. She vanquished her opponents in every race for the women and sometimes the men. She has such a sweet child like nature about her.”
“I remarked when she finished her first 3100 mile race at the awards ceremony I said, I only wished that she was 10 years younger. Just to see what she could do. Now I am the one with the egg on my face.”
“She has done something extraordinary at age 56.”
“I must say she runs with lightness, with power, and with determination. Like all the great champions. They run not only because they can but they feel as though they are running towards the greater horizon. We all become better as they better themselves.”
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