3100: Run and Become, a new documentary about endurance, enlightenment, why we run, and the world’s longest ultramarathon.
What would you do to transform your life? How far would you go to change yourself? Would you drive, would you fly, would you run? These are the themes of a new documentary about why we run, 3100: Run and Become.
This uplifting, intimate portrait of endurance runners and what motivates them will be premiering in Boulder at the Muenzinger Auditorium on the University of Colorado campus from September 11-13. There are three dates and various show times and advance tickets can be purchased for $8 on EventBrite.
Each night will also feature a panel discussion of runners to share in their experiences.
3100: Run and Become follows Ashprihanal Aalto, an unassuming Finnish paperboy, and Shamita, an Austrian cellist, in their attempts to complete the Self-Transcendence 3100 Mile Race, the world’s longest certified footrace, which takes place each summer June through August in New York City. The 3100 encourages runners to discover the limits of their capacities — and to try to go beyond them. And go beyond, they must: the small group of competitors come from all over the world to run a distance that approximates a US cross-country run — a total of 3,100 miles in 52 days – 5,649 laps around one city block in Jamaica, Queens.
Ashprihanal and Shamita’s 3100 quest takes viewers from the heart of this astonishing event in New York to places around the world where ancient cultures have held running sacred for millennia: the Kalahari Desert, Arizona’s Navajo Reservation, and to the mountain temples of Japan. Through the heroic stories of three other runners (Shaun Martin, a Navajo runner and board member of Wings of America; Gaolo of the San Bushmen of the Kalahari; and Gyoman-san of the monks of Mount Hiei, Japan).
3100: Run and Become presents a portrait of endurance and transformation. Beyond competitiveness and athletic prowess, they run not for glory but for spiritual enlightenment, universal oneness — or because they simply have the responsibility to run.
3100: Run and Become is directed by Sanjay Rawal. The film’s soundtrack, composed by Michael A. Levine, features an original song recorded by Roberta Flack, her first after suffering a stroke in 2016.
More information about the Sri Chinmoy Self-Transcendence 3100 Mile Race in Queens, NY.: https://3100.srichinmoyraces.org