Day 23: The Meaning To Be Here

“I was very willing to come to the race, but I didn’t understand its true meaning until I actually got here.”

It has been 3 weeks for all the runners now to adjust and find both the method and meaning of why they have come here to do this supremely difficult thing.  For Wei Ming his success at being able to complete over 1400 miles strengthens his resolve,  each day his confidence is growing.  He feels now that he will succeed and be triumphant and reach his goal of completing 3100 miles.

“I have been running 100km a day which is usually over my limit so I am surprised that I can handle it.  I am confidant that I can finish the race.”

Sri Chinmoy Ultra Photo

“I am getting into a regular routine every day the same.  I am getting better and better.”

“All the runners are part of this.  I watch everybody and learn from them.  I get strength from all the runners.  I think it is important that all of us are able to finish the race.”

Sri Chinmoy Ultra Photo

“In the beginning my concept was that every little step was significant as well as each lap and each mile.  The process was most important not just focusing on the finish.”

“Every step I take is very important.”

Sri Chinmoy Ultra Photo

Wei Ming at the end of our interview stops and wants to make one last emphatic point. “I did not come here to win and beat others.  I came here to challenge myself and to be better.”

The Board at the start of Day 23



Adjusting one of the cameras


Wei Ming



Niriha and tea

Medur and Nina


Start Day 23

Andrea makes half way last night

Photo by Anjali

He ran 72 miles

He now has 1556 miles

He surpassed his previous best by 8 hours


T shirt

Harita ran 55 miles and her Canadian helper Brahmata arrived yesterday

She now has 1367 miles (with Suprabha )

A gathering



Vasu ran 61 miles

He now has 1355 miles

Receiving the daily prayer

A gift from Utsahi

With Sasha



Takasumi ran 56 miles

He now has 1312 mil



Day 23

Antana and Nina

Stutisheel ran 64 miles

He now has 1297 miles

Going strong now




Ananda-Lahari did 54 miles

He now has 1264 miles



We must get happiness
By helping others first.
Only then will our happiness
Have true meaning.

3 thoughts on “Day 23: The Meaning To Be Here”

  1. Thanks, Utpal, for the really inspiring interview with Wei Ming. The 7 runners are becoming a strong oneness- unit radiating their team-spirit from the screen to our hungry hearts! So many smiles! Every day is progress!!

  2. Dearest brother,
    your interviews are amazing. so many messages from the runners.
    You give this race some of the status it deserves, in our Guru’s vision
    every day… something new… every day… special message… every day… inspiration…

  3. Wei Ming looks so fresh in the morning, when he’s coming to the Race. That extra sleep he gets really means a lot. Thank you for your beautiful interviews Utpal. Keep up the great job!

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