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Grahak Cunningham Travels from Perth, WA

Grahak Cunningham


  • Achievements
  • Goal Setting
  • Health
  • Inspirational
  • Leadership
  • Motivational
  • Performance
  • Personal Development
  • Resilience
  • Sport

Founded in 1997 to exemplify the endless possibilities of the human spirit, the Self-Transcendence 3100 Mile Race (5000km) is held every year on a concrete footpath around an 883 metre block in Queens, New York. It is the world’s longest and most gruelling foot race.

Running 18 hours a day, from 6:00am to midnight, for 51 days, runners must average 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. First prize is a plastic trophy and a t-shirt but competitors make a lifetime of progress.

West Australian, Grahak Cunningham, is a four time finisher and current champion of this event with a best time of 43 days (averaging 114km a day). 

The four races are undoubtedly the most difficult things he has done yet are the most rewarding. It is possible to go beyond our perceived limits—if we dare to try. His first race as a rookie took him 50 days. His 2012 victory saw him take a week off his initial time finishing in 43 days and averaging 115 kilometres a day.

In his keynote presentations Grahak, who has over 14 years' experience in medical sales and marketing, shares his techniques to help you perform under pressure, be your best and maintain positivity. He will inspire and teach you to achieve your goals in life, business or sport, gain leadership confidence and hurdle difficulties, improve productivity and fulfilment and push yourself beyond your limits to become number one in your business, fitness and personal environments.

Keynote Titles

  • Transcending Your Best - Get to your goals and go beyond them
  • Maintaining Positivity in the Workplace - How to win in today's busy world
  • Mental Toughness - Stay on top of your game
  • Leadership - Driving cultural change
  • Mental Health - Wellbeing in the workplace


Grahak's talk on long distance running gave our staff an insight into the way that people drive themselves to achieve difficult goals and push themselves well beyond what they may perceive as limitations. He also made it obvious that a real sense of humour is a necessary aspect of the process. Our staff particularly enjoyed the opportunity to gain such an insight, to be entertained in the way it was presented and to understand how they could apply such dedication to their own lives.

Lavan Legal

Grahak presented his story in a very constructive form and with a clear sense of inspiration. Everyone appreciated his well received presentation answering many questions from the audience. I have no hesitation in recommending him as a motivational speaker as he can inspire runners and non-runners equally with his sense of dedication and focus that we can adapt for our own goals.

Department Of Environment And Conservation WA

Grahak's talk was inspiring, funny and in many ways life changing. I don't think I have ever met anyone with so much courage, determination and focus. Nowadays, we all seem to live in a state of distraction. It's hard to focus on any one thing for a long time. But Grahak just kept on running until he conquered that enormous distance of 5,000km - further than the distance from Perth to Sydney. Everyone who listened to his story was in awe of his achievement and came away with renewed energy to take on life's challenges.

Bennett And Co Commercial Law


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