Samir Singh, a running coach and an Indian ultra-marathon runner from Madhya Pradesh took up the herculean task of completing 10,000 kilometers within the span of a hundred days. This sounds like a very random plan, and one which has no destination but it was a challenge that Singh took up and denied to back down from. This forty-four-year-old man made this an attempt to show the endurance of the human spirit, he was mocked by his friends but he stayed focused and continued on his journey of completing the challenge. Singh was coined the “Faith runner” due to his blind faith in God, who was also his motivation for this task. Singh believes that “according to Holy scriptures, the body has no limits. God has given us our bodies and our mental capabilities define its limitations”.
A challenge being this tough was not easy to complete, this task came with its own set of difficulties for Singh to face, starting from day one. Singh had to brave through physical injuries, a lack of equipment and financial support. The challenge began on April 29th, 2017 and Singh was aided by donated clothes, an emergency phone, a GPS watch and he survived on Rs. 200 per day. He would start in the wee hours of the morning in the dark from northern, slum area of Mumbai, and head towards the business district in the south.
Due to the severe physical injuries, Singh had to skip on some days, which amounted to a total of 150 kilometers having to be covered on the last day. Suffering from a swollen knee, blisters and fractures along with a viral fever but he managed to run through the monsoons, although skipping a few days due to severe body wreckage. Singh was supported via funds being collected through a Facebook page run by documentary-makers, Vandana and Vikram Bhatti, they also created awareness of Singh’s mission.
It was a failed challenge just by 36 kilometers as Singh’s body gave away and he finally decided to let it go and prepare for his next challenge a 40,000 km long run. He lost 16 kilos in this span of three months, leading to a final weight of 40 kgs by the end of it. Singh chose to leave the 36 kilometers for another run as he spent Monday in a temple, rejuvenating for the next challenge.
Staying put throughout this challenge was difficult, Singh could have backed out at any moment but it was sheer determination and perseverance that kept him going. He changed tactics when the weather changed or when his body decided to give in. This is what the human spirit is all about and pushing through was Singh’s way of showing the world that even the impossible is possible if you have the will to do so.