- Singh recorded 9,964 km before he collapsed
- He wanted to complete 10,000km in 100 days
- He ended up 36km short of his target
“Faith runner”Samir Singh from Mumbai fell arduously short of his target of 10,000km in 100 days as he collapsed only 36km short of his desired distance. Starting on August 29, Singh ran effortlessly until August 6, when owing to illnesses and extreme fatigue his feet gave up. Having challenged himself to run 10,000km in Mumbai in 100 days under extreme conditions of heat and rain, his final mark was recorded at 9,964km, agonizingly short of his aim.
An ultra marathon runner, Samir spent nearly three months running between Mumbai’s slums and business district using donated clothes and equipment. He had set out with the aim of running 10,000km in only 100 days, living off a meager Rs.200 per day. Running under severe conditions and not even skipping a day in the process had its toll on Samir’s body who suffered massive blisters, skin burns, and gastrointestinal infections. The magnitude of the task he had overtaken was so huge that at the end of his attempt Samir, who also suffered stomach problems and viral fever, weighed just 40 kilogram’s (88 pounds). Needing to complete 150km on the final day, Samir could manage 114km before he succumbed to illnesses.
Ahead of his final run, Mr. Singh had said: “My journey of running 100 kilometers per day is very challenging but I wanted to show the endurance limit of the human spirit.
“I survived without a job for the last nine months and people have come forward and supported me with donations, shoes, clothes, and equipment.”
Despite falling just short of his dream, Samir is already thinking of his next endeavor, one he claims could involve an even longer run or a continuous 300-400 km run.