One of the world’s best ultra-runners, and certainly the leading Indian long-distance runner, Great India Run icon Arun Bhardwaj is currently running the Sri Chinmoy Self-Transcendence Six Day Race in the US. Bhardwaj, who has run this race in the past, is one of the leading runners in the 15-strong field in the six-day race.
Having completed 3.5 of the 6 days, Arun has finished over 200 laps covering over 355 km, and is currently in the 7th position on the leaderboard, as he looks to secure yet another ultra run win. He is the only Indian competing in this gruelling race.
The 21st annual Sri Chinmoy Ten-Day race started on April 19, 2016. This race is held concurrently with the Nineteenth Annual Sri Chinmoy Six-Day Race which started on April 23. Both races end on April 29, 2016. The races were previously called The Self-Transcendence Six and Ten-Day Races. This is Arun’s third appearance at the event.
These multi-day races feature an international field of runners, with the competitors run with minimal sleep, all the while trying to accumulate as many miles as possible. The course is known to be very flat, scenic, and a 1 mile loop in a park setting near the famous areas of the World’s Fair of 1964, in New York.
“On my first time here, from the very beginning I was feeling happy. I had nothing on my mind. No worries. I am feeling in my best physical condition this time,” Arun said after his first day out.
“Definitely these kind of events inspire me. I am inspired by the great runners in the race. Ultra running has totally changed my life. My way of thinking and everything,” he is quoted as saying in this blog.