Running and Spirituality

August 14, 2016

Suprabha Beckjord runs as a spiritual practice. She's a follower of Sri Chinmoy, who believed athletics could enhance spiritual enlightenment. So he set up various weightlifting, swimming, and distance running events. His most famous - and most grueling - is the annual Sri Chinmoy Self-Transcendence 3100 Mile Race. The race, which exceeds the distance from Boston to Los Angeles, takes place around a half- mile loop in Queens, New York. Suprabha Beckjord ran those 3100 miles for 13 years in a row. Her fastest race was 49 days and 14 hours, an average or more than 63 miles a day. Rehman Tungekar talks with her.


A wonderful coincidence listening to WPR as we traveled from Door County to our winter home in Omaha, NE, and be able to hear my second cousin Suprabha tell her story of running 3100 miles every summer. I had only heard about this from her parents. Thanks to WPR.