Gru­elling race tests mind, body

Western Suburbs Weekly - - News -

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.

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