Gruelling race tests mind, body
WOODLANDS resident Grahak Cunningham will run almost 100km a day for 51 days to complete the Self-Transcendence 3100 Mile Race in New York.
Runners wear through about 10 pairs of shoes and their feet can swell up to an extra size during the race, which starts at 6am and finishes at midnight each day.
Mr Cunningham will start running on June 14 in Queens, New York for the race that brings together 12 top international ultra runners from across the world.
“During the event we use our determination, focus and resilience to stay positive, inspired and uplifted despite the gruelling and repetitive nature of the run,” Mr Cunningham said.
“Knowing what the run is like and how hard it is, I have struggled to even enter, so I will be grateful just to be there.
“In the run you are forced to stay happy as the mind and body are constantly overwhelmed at the thought and problems of dealing with the almost 5000 kilometre distance.”
Mr Cunningham has been training for the event by running for six to eight hours at a time, covering about 200km a week.
He is the only West Australian to have completed the race, which he has run four times.
“After overcoming all the hurdles that crop up at the end you come out a better person,’ he said.
Grahak Cunningham running in last year’s event.