03/28/2008 02:45 am ET Updated Nov 17, 2011

The 3,100 Mile Race To Self-Transcendence

When Suprabha Beckjord crossed the finish line, there were no medals, no multi-million dollar athletic contracts to sign. There were only her fellow runners and a handful of race volunteers cheering her on. Suprabha completed the Self-Transcendence 3100 Mile Race. Her time: 58 days, 7 hours, 54 minutes and 27 seconds.

The Self-Transcendence 3100 Mile race is the world's longest certified footrace. The route covers the perimeter of just one city block in Queens, New York (about a half-mile long). It was the vision of Sri Chinmoy, an Indian philosopher and teacher who teaches meditation and spiritual philosophy at his center in Queens, New York. His goal was to create an opportunity for runners to discover the limits of their capacities, and to try and go beyond them. Suprabha Beckjord has done just that. The only woman in this year's race, the 51-year-old Washington, D.C. resident completed the race every year since its inception in 1997. She holds the ladies' record, completing 3100 miles in 49 days 14:30:54 in 1998.

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