Self-Transcendence 6-Day Race, New York, 2012 – History of The Self-Transcendence 6 & 10 day races (part 3)

History of The Self-Transcendence 6 & 10 day races

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In 1998, Istvan Sipos of Hungary escaped with a narrow victory over Georgs Jermolajevs by 670 miles to 669 in a rain-filled ten days.

In the inaugural Sri Chinmoy Six-Day Race, David Luljak of the USA emerged victorious with 541 miles, and Dipali Cunningham broke Sandy Barwick’s world road best with 504 miles.

In 1999 Ron Gehl from Ontario,Canada prevailed with 640 miles in the 10-Day race, and Rimas Jakelaitis from Lithuania emerged victorious in the Six-day with 517 miles.

Elvira Janosi and Dipali Cunningham won respectively for the women.

In 2000   Rimas Jakelaitis set a new course record of 745 miles in the Ten day, David Luljak from Chevy Chase, MD took top honors in the Six day with 502 miles, and ultra pioneer and legend Ted Corbitt, 81, set a new world age group(80-84) best completing 240 miles in the six day event.

Janosi and Cunningham again repeated as ladies’ winners. 2001’s races produced amazing results.

Rimas Jakelaitis won the Ten Day in an astounding 901 miles, including a remarkable split of 600 miles for six days, only the fifth man this century to reach that plateau.

Jakelaitis’ total of 901 miles is the second best total for ten days alltime. Dipali Cunningham broke her own world road best and prevailed in the Six Day Race overall, with 510 miles.

Lastly Ted Corbitt shattered the octegenarian record with 303 miles in six days(80-84 age group), a mark that may not be broken for another generation or two.

The two multidays moved back to Flushing Meadows Corona Park in 2002.

Rimas Jakelaitis repeated again with 701 miles, Ashprihanal Aalto emerged victorious in the Six Day with 422 miles, and Dipali Cunningham won for the fifth straight time with 415 miles.

In 2003, Hubert Muckenhumer of Austria prevailed with 631 miles in the Ten Day, as well as   Dorothea Voegeli of Switxerland leading the women with 577 miles.

Ashprihanal Aalto of Finland won the Six Day race for the second straight year with 457 miles, while Dipali Cunningham remained undefeated in the Six Day race with 442 miles.

In 2004, Dipali Cunningham took the overall victory   in the Six Day with 479 miles, her seventh straight.

Ashprihanal Aalto repeated for the men with 433 miles.

Rimas Jakelaitis won for the fourth time with 653 miles, holding off the charging Lenka Svecova from Czech republic, who garnered 631 miles.

In 2005, Miroslav Pospisek from the Czech Republic won the Ten day with 564 miles, followed by Nataliya Hluschek with 515 miles for the women.

Danny Ripka from Naples,Florida, USA won the Six Day with a new US age group best(45-49) of 478 miles.

Dipali Cunningham finished victorious for the eighth staight time with 474 miles.
The world’s best distances for 10 days on the road are 964 miles (in 1988)   by Yiannis Kouros of Australia who was then a Greek national, and 807 miles (in 1991) by Sandy Barwick of New Zealand. Yiannis Kouros holds the road best for six days at 643 miles, set in 2005; Dipali Cunningham ran 510 miles for six days in a stunning performance in 2001,winning the race overall.
The runners eat, sleep and rest at trackside and receive care around the clock in their efforts to bring forward their best physical capacities.

They circle the one mile loop course and often run 20 hours in any given 24 hour period.

They are truly pioneers in a sport still obscure to the perceptions of the public. But their stories are told by their feet and their hearts.
The Sri Chinmoy Marathon Team offers its gratitude to the New York City Department. of Parks and Recreation and the staff of Flushing Meadows Corona Park,(Adrian Benepe, Parks Commissioner; Estelle Cooper, Flushing Meadows Park Director; head of Borough of Queens Parks) for allowing this event to happen; to City Councilman James Genarro   for his support and assistance; to the courageous runners who are embarking on this journey of self-exploration, to the many SCMT volunteers who give so lovingly of their time, and   to the leader and inspiration of all of the SCMT events, Sri Chinmoy himself, who has so strikingly nurtured multiday racing here in New York the past twenty-one years.

May all athletes transcend their previous achievements.