Self-Transcendence 10 Day Race

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The Self-Transcendence 10 Day race take place in Flushing Meadow Corona Park, Queens, New York running concurrently with the Self-Transcendence 6 Day Race usually starting on the last wednesday of April and both races finishing together on the first Saturday of May. The course is a one mile loop on asphalt paths and runs part way alongside the Flushing Meadow Lake.

The 10 day race is multiday event in the go-as-you-please format. The runner covers as many miles as he/she can in the specified time-frame and may stop and rest whenever necessary. The course is open round the clock with ever present counters and refreshments.

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Race Name

Self-Transcendence 10 Day

Course

1 mile loop on park asphalt paths and road.

History

The Sri Chinmoy Marathon Team held a 1000 mile race in the spring of 1985, and later in the year held the first Sri Chinmoy Five Day Race at Flushing Meadow Park in Queens, which lasted for three consecutive years and led to the Seven Day Race, the forerunner of todays Ten Day event. The first Five Day Race featured 15 competitors as did the first Seven Day Race. By 1995 the longer event grew to 34 starters. The quality of the competitions and performances has been outstanding considering that a race of this length is usually a test of individual survival. In the inaugural Seven Day Race in 1988, Marty Sprengelmeyer of Davenport,lowa narrowly beat women's winner Suprabha Beckjord of Washington,DC. 527 miles to 521 miles. In 1990 ultra legend Al Howie set a new record of 530 miles. The following year Charlie Eidel of Gardiner, NY ran 550 miles for a new course record, while Suprabha Beckjord ran 523 to claim the women's record again. Suprabha won the Seven Day five times for the ladies. In 1994 Antana Locs of Canada won the Seven Day overall with 518 miles. Georgs Jermolajevs came all the way from Latvia to win the Seven Day Race in 1995, in record-setting fashion, running 578 miles, while England's Pippa Davis finally laid claim to the women's title as she ran 525 miles. In the 1996 inaugural Ten Day Race, Georgs Jermolajevs again fashioned a victory with 725 miles, but was hard pressed by Dipali Cunningham of Australia, who garnered 723 miles for the ladies. In a smaller field in 1997 veteran Donald Winkley of Corpus Christi,Texas prevailed with 530 miles.

In 1998 the 6 day race was added to offer another option and has been won every year since by Dipali - 11 years straight, an amazing achievement that is one of the most unrecognised histories in the running world which includes the current 6 day world record.

Course Records

  • Womens best in 2009 by Dipali Cunningham with 513 miles
  • Mens best in 2005 by Danny Ripka with 478 miles

6 Day Road World Record

  • World Men: Yiannis Kouros (GRE/AUS) 1036.8km
  • World Women: Dipali Cunningham (AUS) 820.765km
  • British Men: Richard Brown 833.640km
  • British Women: Pippa Davies 730.642km

RD

Rupantar LaRusso

Location

Flushing Meadow Park, Queens, New York

Contact

Mailing Address: Sri Chinmoy marathon Team 150-47 87th Avenue Jamaica, NY 11432

Phone: 1718 297 2556

Website

Reference

Self-Transcendence Multidays (2003) by Sahishnu Szczesiul

Race Winners

Year Race Women Miles Men Miles
1985 5 Day
1986 5 Day  ?  ?  ?  ?
1987 5 Day Suprabha Beckjord 347  ?  ?
1988 7 Day Suprabha Beckjord 521 Marty Sprenglemeyer 527
1989 7 Day Suprabha Beckjord 470  ?  ?
1990 7 Day Suprabha Beckjord 500 Al Howie 530
1991 7 Day Suprabha Beckjord 523 Charlie Eidel 550
1992 7 Day Suprabha Beckjord 482  ?  ?
1993 7 Day  ?  ?  ?  ?
1994 7 Day Antana Locs 518  ?  ?
1995 7 Day Pippa Davis 525 Georgs Jermolajevs 578
1996 10 Day Dipali Cunningham 723 Georgs Jermolajevs 725
1997 10 Day Sutushti Lang 510 Don Winkley 530
1998 6 Day Dipali Cunningham 504 David Luljak 541
1998 10 Day Elvira Janosi 452 Istvan Sipos 670
1999 6 Day Dipali Cunningham 458 Rimas Jakelaitis 517
1999 10 Day Elvira Janosi 536 Ron Gehl 640
2000 6 Day Dipali Cunningham  ? David Luljak  ?
2000 10 Day Elvira Janosi  ? Rimas Jakelaitis  ?
2001 6 Day Dipali Cunningham 510 Stefan Schlett 442
2001 10 Day Lenka Svecova 572 Rimas Jakelaitis 901
2002 6 Day Dipali Cunningham 415 Asprihanal Aalto 422
2002 10 Day No winner 0 Rimas Jakelaitis 701
2003 6 Day Dipali Cunningham 442 Asprihanal Aalto 457
2003 10 Day Dorothea Vogelli 577 Hubert Muckenhumer 631
2004 6 Day Dipali Cunningham 479 Asprihanal Aalto 433
2004 10 Day Lenka Svecova 631 Rimas Jakelaitis 653
2005 6 Day Dipali Cunningham 474 Danny Ripka 478
2005 10 Day Nataliya Hluschuk 515 Miroslav Pospisek 564
2006 6 Day Dipali Cunningham 458 Glen Turner 421
2006 10 Day Sarah Barnett 611 Rimas Jakelaitis 665
2007 6 Day Dipali Cunningham 443 Aprihanal Alto 505
2007 10 Day Surasa Maier 595 Petr Spacil 670
2008 6 Day Dipali Cunningham 467 John Geesler 433
2008 10 Day Kaneenika Janakova 667 Madhupran Schwerk 829
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