New ebook on the 3100 mile race
“Beyond the Marathon – Insights into the longest footrace in the world” by last year’s winner, Grahak Cunningham
Running for 18 hours a day, seven days a week, for over six weeks. Almost three marathons a day, day -in day-out, blisters that won’t heal, sleep deprivation, weight loss…
The world’s longest and most grueling foot race, runners are given 18 hours a day, from 6:00 a.m. to midnight, for 51 days, to run a minimum of 60 miles a day (96.6km) to complete the distance. This involves circumnavigating the block 5649 times.
Over the duration of the race, runners wear out fifteen pairs of shoes, and their feet swell an extra two sizes. In a typical New York summer, temperatures can reach 40 degrees centigrade with 85% humidity. Competitors must contend with boredom, fatigue, torrential deluges, extreme pain, injuries and sleep deprivation—but most of all, they have to deal with themselves. Outwardly for their efforts they will receive a plastic trophy and a t-shirt; inwardly, they make a lifetime of progress.