3100: Run and Become


3100: Run and Become

What would you do to transform your life? How far would you go for this metamorphosis? Would you drive, would you fly, or would you run? The longest multi-day foot race in the world, the Self-Transcendence 3100 Mile Race, takes place in Queens, New York City, each northern summer. It is run on the concrete sidewalk of a 0.56 mile (0.9012 km) square block and requires at least 59 miles a day for 52 straight days in order to complete the distance within the allotted time.

Created by Sri Chinmoy in 1997, the 3100 (4,989 km) mile race promises personal expansion and participants come from around the world to shatter their limitations and discover a deeper sense of self. At the same time, the act of running to transform oneself is as old as time. From time immemorial human beings have ran not just for survival, but to connect with nature and the Divine.

3100: Run and Become is a movie that documents the journeys of runners from three cultures whose own narratives parallel that of two 3100 mile runners – Ashprihanal Aalto, a diminutive paperboy from Finland and Shamita Achenbach-Koenig, a professional cellist from Austria. The other runners featured are Shaun Martin, a man of Navajo decent from Chinle, Arizona, in the United States; Gaolo-Saan Bushmen from southern Africa and the Tendai Buddist ‘Marathon Monks’ of Mt. Hiei in Japan. These heroic aspirant-athletes run not for glory, fame or financial reward, but for spiritual enlightenment, universal oneness, or simply because they feel an inner urge and responsibility to run.



Sanjay Rawal was recently interviewed by ultra runner and coach Lisa Tamati regarding 3100: Run and Become, transcending limitation and the relationship between spirituality, meditation and running. That podcast that can be heard here »


A one day workshop featuring American film maker Sanjay Rawal and champion New Zealand ultra trail runner Vajin Armstrong. More details here »