New World Record at Sri Chinmoy 48 Hour Race in Canberra
During the Sri Chinmoy 48 Hour Track Festival, in Canberra, 24 – 26 March 2023, Camille Herron an American Ultra-distance runner, set a new women's world record for 48 hours. Herron ran almost continuously during the 48 hours to finish with a cumulative distance of 435.336 km, an impressive 24 km further than the previous record.
Video of Record and interview
It was a remarkable achievement and very inspiring for those who witnessed the event. Sri Chinmoy founded the Sri Chinmoy Marathon Team in 1977, with the intention to offer support for runners who wished to transcend their previous best effort and discover more about their inner and outer capacities through sport.
"These long distance races remind me of our Eternity’s race. Along Eternity’s Shore we are running, running, running. We are running and running with our birthless and deathless hopes. We are running and running with the ever-transcending Beyond."
– Sri Chinmoy
In this regard, Camille's achievement is a vivid example of the power of self-transcendence and how individual transcendence can collectively inspire the world at large.
Humanity at large."
To put her run into context, her times for different parts of the race include:
Marathon – 3:30:18
6 hours – 72.243 km
100 km – 8:49:41
12 hours – 131.807 km
100 miles – 14:41:04
200 km – 20:01:18
24 hours – 239.480 km
Speaking after the race, she said “I just have such a relentless joy when I run…I really thank everybody who got to be here and be part of it; making history for women. … It was an amazing moment; I hope everybody appreciates what I just did: it was ridiculous!”
It was the third furthest distance of any runner, male or female, being just 110 meters short of the mark set by Andril Tkachuk of Ukraine at the Sri Chinmoy 48 Hour race in Vinnitsa, Ukraine in 2021.
After the race, she was awarded a torch bearer award by the Sri Chinmoy Peace Run, for her inspirational athletic exploits. She is presented the award by Susan Marshall the winner of the women's 2022 Sri Chinmoy 3100 Mile Self-Transcendence Race.
A full race report can be viewed at
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