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‘Faith Runner’ Samir Singh falters on the final straight
Tormented by blisters, illness and injuries, ultra-marathoner Samir Singh was just 36km short of completing his goal of running 10,000km in 100 days as pain and exhaustion beat him. In images
Tue, Aug 08 2017. 01 38 PM IST
Ultra marathon runner Samir Singh was just 36km short of completing 10,000km that he wanted to cover in the 100-day challenge as pain and exhaustion beat him. Photos: AFP
Singh stretches before the start of a run in Mumbai. His routine starts at 4.30am, and he runs around 60-70km until 1pm.
Singh, who was inevitably compared to Forrest Gump, spent nearly 3 months running between Mumbai’s slums and business district using donated clothes and equipment, and living on just $3 a day.
Singh waves to other runners in Mumbai. At the end of his attempt on Sunday, the running coach, who also suffered stomach problems and viral fever, weighed just 40kg.
Singh winces in pain as a masseur stretches his feet during a break in his routine. He lost 16kg during the challenge.
The five-time ultra-marathon’s run was longer than the Great Wall of China (5,500km) and further than the distance from Mumbai to London (7,200km).
Singh covers himself from a sudden downpour. Singh, who started on 29 April in Mumbai’s scorching heat, has been running through the monsoon rains without skipping a day.
Singh, who is seen chatting with other runners, was christened as ‘The Faith Runner’ by Mumbai documentary-makers Vandana and Vikram Bhatti.