Kiwi woman set to finish world’s longest footrace
An Aucklander is set to become the first Kiwi woman to complete the world’s longest footrace.
Commonly known as ’’the Mount Everest of ultra marathons’’ the Sri Chinmoy SelfTranscendence 3100 Mile Race is a 52 day, 5000km race, which started in New York on the June 18 and finishes on Wednesday (NZ time).
Mt Eden resident Harita Davies is the only Kiwi competing this year.
At the time of print, she was in second place in the women’s division with just one day of competition remaining and needing to complete 197 more laps.
Competitors have to maintain an average of 96.5km a day for almost eight weeks - more than two full marathons every day.
The course circles around a half-mile loop in suburban Queens, New York.
Only six women had ever completed the distance in the event’s 20 year history, with only one other New Zealander ever attempting it.
The event is certified as the world’s longest footrace.
Davies said she was not sure if she would even last one day when she initially set off from the start line.
She has now logged more than 4345km and felt ’’in the flow of things’’ as she neared the end.
‘‘Many of us go through life wondering about what we might have done if we had dared to attempt something daunting and difficult.
‘‘3100 miles really frightened me, but I decided to venture into that place and challenge myself and see what I could learn,’’ Davies said.
‘‘It’s one of the best, happiest and most amazing experiences I have ever had.’’
At her current pace, Davies will likely finish the race just before the cut off.
The event was founded in 1997 by Indian spiritual leader Sri Chinmoy, who taught meditation to Western cultures in the late 1960s.
He had a fondness for running and felt that running provided an opportunity for people to challenge themselves and overcome their pre-conceived limitations – what he referred transcendence.
He felt that peace could be manifested through silent meditation, music and sports. to as self-
‘‘It's one of the best, happiest and most amazing experiences I have ever had’’
The race starts at 6am every morning and runners can continue as late as midnight.