64 year old William Sichel faces his toughest ever challenge

William SichelWilliam Sichel (64), one of our sponsored athletes, faces his toughest challenge in a 26-year running career when he attempts the 22nd edition of the Sri Chinmoy Self-Transcendence 3,100 mile race (yes 3100 miles – it’s not a misprint!), starting in New York on June 17th.

Described by the New York Times as the “Mount Everest of ultramarathons” this unique event is run around a 0.55 mile loop in Queens, New York with runners required to run 5,649 laps in order to complete the distance within the 52 day time limit.

Only 9 runners – 6 men and 3 women – will be on the start line this time. William completed the event, for the first time, in 2014 finishing the 3,100 miles in 50 days, 15 hours, 6 minutes and 4 seconds becoming the oldest ever finisher at the age of 60.

“I know that four years is a long break before trying again, especially at my age, but I’ll have a good shot at it.”

What can we say other than the very best of luck William!