26 years ago on June 12th, 1997
Sri Chinmoy creates the world's longest certified footrace, the Self-Transcendence 3100 Mile Race, in Jamaica, Queens
The first year of the race was 2,700 miles, but every race since then has been increased to 3,100 miles, with the fastest runner completing the race with a time of 44 days, 16 hours. To complete the race within the allotted 52 days, runners need to cover a minimum of 59.6 miles each day, a distance greater than two typical marathons! The course is open from 6am to midnight each day, and the ultra-marathoners repeatedly circle Edison High School and Joseph Austin Playground in Jamaica to rack up their miles.