Kiwi woman set to fin­ish world’s long­est footrace

Central Leader - - YOUR LOCAL NEWS - JACK­SON THOMAS

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’’

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The race starts at 6am every morn­ing and run­ners can con­tinue as late as mid­night.

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