On April 29, 2017 Samir Singh set out from his home in the Mumbai suburbs. Since then, he ran every day till August 6 through rain, injuries and fever. All of this while living on less than ₹ 200 (3 dollars) a day.
His goal was to complete 10,000km in 100 days. As the injuries piled up for the running coach, he continued to run through first scorching heat and then freezing showers. Even contracting viral fever, a swollen knee and suffering from a gastro-intestinal infection were not enough to stop him.
This Guy Samir Singh Was Running 62 Miles A Day For 100 Straight Days? Wow I Knew Nothing Of This— Raja (@GeauxRaja) 7 August 2017
However, these setbacks took their toll and he fell behind on his target. On the final day, the 44-year-old had to run 150km but was only able to make it to the 114km-mark, 36km short of his goal. At the end, his GPS watch showed that he had run 9,964.19km, almost a quarter of the Earth’s circumference over the course of nearly three months.
Samir Singh ran 9,964 km in 100 days. That's incredible. That's definitely further than I've ran in my entire life. What an accomplishment.— Shawn Marlin Weddle (@Weddle_of_Honor) 7 August 2017
Samir, hailing from a village in Madhya Pradesh, was initially mocked by his friends but he was transformed by this run, christened 'The Faith Runner' as his unbelievable task captured the imagination of many.
'Faith Runner' Samir Singh collapses 36km short of 10,000km goal. Indian runner spent 3 months on the road. pic.twitter.com/swrElpJArD— @Georgebakhos1 (@GeorgeBakhos1) 7 August 2017
He became a familiar figure on the streets of Mumbai with many runners inspired to join him for parts of his lengthy daily route. Despite falling short of his goal, Samir’s spirit is undimmed as he now plans another staggering running challenge.