The full scripts of each of our lives are impossible to predict. Seldom if not not ever do we ever really know just what will happen next. The great scribe of life no doubt knows but it cannot be revealed to us until the moment passes and the page is turned. I had made an assumption that after a 5 years absence Stutisheel would unlikely ever run in the Self-Transcendence race again. I was wrong.
He has been running now for 6 days and in that time he has accumulated 352 miles. When asked if ever had any doubts that he would ever return again and run the race he laughs. For him it was absurd to imagine that he would not come to back and perch himself every morning at 6am on the starting line. It was just a matter of all the right bureaucratic planets to lining up. Whenever that took place he would be able to return to New York and run this race for the 13th time.
I am clearly not a great prognosticator. At this point, I would now hazard to guess that his Sri Chinmoy Self-Transcendence 3100 mile race days are far from over.
The history of his life and his family are so closely intertwined with the race that at age 51 he has a lot of races yet to be run. His is an inspirational life with a message that has reached out to many far and wide promoting tirelessly self-transcendence.
As Takasumi describes the many years he dreamed, planned, and prepared himself to come to Sri Chinmoy 3100 mile Self-Transcendence race his clear bright face reveals the tremendous awe and respect he has to be one of the precious few to set off this year in this the longest race in the world.
Every runner who makes their way to the starting line from scattered places from around the world knows it will be the most difficult thing they have ever attempted. That they will be challenged in many ways they never thought it was even possible to endure.
But in Takasumi’s wide gentle eyes I see a humility and wonder that both he and his wife Nina, who is his helper, have embarked on the ultimate journey of transformation and transcendence. One that will reveal itself in moments of ache and pain but also in joy and satisfaction. There is a road in front of us all. One which we must all take steps upon to reach a destination that calls out to encourage us, even though we sometimes listen through deaf ears.
Takasumi’s ears and his heart have clearly heard its call and he has resolutely accepted the challenge of the long road ahead.
Takasumi has had a slow start so far. Yesterday he did 2 miles and has a 6 day total of 294 miles
Last year when the 3100 mile race was held in Salzburg, Andrea Marcato entered the longest distance race in the world for the first time. At age 38 the trajectory of his athletic career was in a clear path to collide with this event sooner rather than latter. He had for some time accumulating impressive numbers not only in his previous multi days but also his achievements as a swimmer and triathlete.
The meeting of runner and Sri Chinmoy 31000 mile Self-Transcendence race was historic, as Andrea won the race with a time of 43 days and 12 hours. A performance that lifts him up into the lofty heights of one of the best achievements in the long 25 year history of the race.
As he enters day 5 there is still a very long way to go. But from the start on Sunday he has been delivering an effort so far that is not far off from being spectacular.
There are many many things which I will never understand. Explore even a fraction of Science’s ever expanding dimensions, grasp a dangling thread from the coat tails of sophisticated creativity and art, and then there is the very exclusive world of ultra athletics. One in which unique individuals explore the outer limitations of physical capacity and with tremendous effort and courage keep changing the definition of what is possible, for all of us.
Vasu is running this Sri Chinmoy Self-Transcendence 3100 mile race for the 9th time. His 8 previous efforts means that he has run 24,800 around this one Queens NYC block. Without much fuss over the last 3 days he has added an additional couple of hundred miles. This means that sometime yesterday he completed a total distance that would comfortably enable him to completely circle this little planet we are all trying to live upon together.
Despite coming to the race a little late Vasu completed 68 miles yesterday. He is 16 miles behind Andrea
I was wondering this morning just what kind of person and with what kind of determination they would need have to be able to reveal just how man times Ananda-Lahari has circled around Thomas Edison High school. In this his 17th attempt he has put in an almost incalculable amount of effort and determination to make it around the course 5649 times each time he has completed the 3100 mile distance. But to look at him now with his unclouded look of effervescent delight and an incandescent smile that brightens the mood of just about everyone he meets as his light footfalls tip tap their way round and round, the numbers are practically meaningless.
When you listen to him you can feel that somehow his heart is always here and though the physical finish line he has not always reached, the more important inner goal is transcended each and every time he comes to run. Though I confess I am certainly not capable of adding up the brute logistical details I am more than happy to bask in the radiance of his inner accomplishments and wish sometimes that more of the world had the same lightness, dedication, and joy.
When Wei Ming first came to the multi day races held in Flushing Meadow in 2014 he made clear just what his goal was, to run the Sri Chinmoy Self-Transcendence 3100 Mile race. He has continued his training and competing for many years and now at age 58 is the first Asian to enter the race, and if he is able to maintain his pace from the first day it will be likely he will succeed at completing the distance as well.
Seemingly always upbeat and positive he had an impressive first day with 80 miles which puts him in 3rd place
It seems such a familiar thing now this race that first started 25 years ago. And yet of course it is not. It can never be a stationary thing because it is after all about movement and about becoming. We are all very grateful to all those in Salzburg who managed to keep the flame burning bright last year. So today it begins once again were it all started and were it finds new life and hope and purpose. Not just each year but each and every moment.