On 3rd August 2010 Aucklander, Dharbhasana Lynn 34, became the first New Zealander to finish the world's longest certified race - the Self-Transcendence 3,100 Mile Race (5,000 km) in New York City.

Running up to 18 hours a day for 52 consecutive days and supported by family, friends and well-wishers, Dharbhasana 34, battled blistering 40+ degree celcius mid-summer heat and humidity, along with strained leg muscles, dehydration and fatigue, yet still averaged a remarkable 96 kilometres a day, to finish the world's toughest and most grueling ultra with just 4 hours remaining before the 52 day cut-off.

Organised by the Sri Chinmoy Marathon Team, the race comprises 5,649 laps around a 883 metre city block in Jamaica, Queens New York City.

An annual event since 1997, the Self-Transcendence 3,100 Mile ultra attracts top endurance runners from around the globe.

Over the years the extraordinary accomplishments by many of the participants have raised the bar of what is possible ... setting new levels for all humanity to aspire to

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'There is only one dream

That will always be perfect

In your lifetime

And that is the dream

Of self-transcendence."

Sri Chinmoy