By Bilal Kuchay
A marathon man has outrun the earth’s radius to complete his dream of 100 km in 100 days and is just short of setting a world record of running 10,000 km in 100 days.
Samir Singh, 44, has been running 100 km for 11 hours every day through the busy streets of Mumbai since April 29.
In the 87 days of his running, the ultra-marathoner has already outrun the radius of earth, 6371 km and has also surpassed the flight distance of 7197 km between Mumbai to London.
He is ready to cross the finish-line on August 26 when his challenge would end.
“It feels amazing to see the goal is about to be achieved,” grinned the runner.
Hailing from a small village in Mandsaur in the central Indian state of Madhya Pradesh, Samir was a swift runner in his childhood days.
“As a kid, I would hit someone everyday and start running. Even two-three kids together could not catch me.
“Back then, I would think that I could easily run marathons but did nothing about it for many years,” he said.
However, Samir’s love for running was rekindled when he moved to Mumbai in 2008.
He joined a market research company, where he was asked to conduct a survey on the public response to city marathons.
“It was during that survey that I again fell in love with running,” he said.
As Samir ran his first Mumbai Marathon in 2009 at the age of 35, the passion for running started taking over his profession.
He quit his job and became a running coach for aspiring marathon runners and fitness freaks in the city.
“I didn’t quit my job to work as a running trainer for making a living. I quit my job as I wanted to take India to the top in ultra-marathon. I thought why not attempt something that has never been done before,” he said.
After years of training, finally in April this year Samir decided to create a record for running 100 kilometers in 100 days, inspired from The Self-Transcendence 3100 Mile Race, the longest certified footrace in world that is held in New York.
“I wake-up at 4 am and after a quick bath and breakfast, begin my running. Everyday, I run for almost 11 hours to complete my 100 km distance,” said the runner.
Samir’s extraordinary story of determination and passion has even drawn filmmakers to run a campaign for him.
Filmmaker Vandana Bhatti and her brother, Vikram Bhatti, who run a campaign for Samir on Facebook have crowned him with the title “The Faith Runner”.
“We are Inspired by his story. We started a Facebook campaign called The Faith Runner to help his story reach out to more and more people.
“We want everybody to celebrate, salute and applaud this unsung athlete as he makes history,” said Vandana Bhatti.