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.