Wolfgang Schwerk

Madhupran Wolfgang Schwerk is an ultra-marathon runner, born July 28, 1955[1] and now living in Solingen, Germany. He was a trained retail-salesman, baritone opera singer, farmer, carpenter, and poultry breeder before becoming a house-husband in 1984. He has been married to opera singer Cornelia Berger-Schwerk since 1981 and they have one daughter.

He is a highly respected multiday runner and was the 3100 mile World Record holder for nine years until Ashprihanal Aalto broke his record in 2015. Wolfgang also finished the Trans-Australia Race in 2001 (2,900 miles) and placed third in the Lisbon-Moscow race in 2003. In 2002 Schwerk impressed the running world with a tremendous victory in 42 days+13:24:03 (WR).This also established 74 new distance records, from 1400 miles up to 5000 km. His performance was so dominating, averaging 72.8 miles (117.2 km) per day, that he led the world, that year, with the fastest 1000 mile time - a split of 13 days, 5 hours 1.

In the summer of 2006, he broke his own time of 42 days 13:24:03 set in 2002 with a new record of 41 days 08:16:29, averaging 75.111 miles per day.

Schwerk is also ranked second all time at the 24-hour distance with 171.628 miles.


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External links

Athens International Ultramarathon Festival

The Athens International Ultramarathon Festival is a Multiday race which takes place at the former Ellinikon International Airport in Greece.

Multi-day race

Multiday races are ultramarathon running events which are typically either segmented into daily events of a specified distance or time, or staged so that runners can run as far as they want, at their own discretion, over a set course or over a set number of days. Multiday races can range from continuous 48-hour track events to staged transcontinental treks.

Self-Transcendence 3100 Mile Race

The Self-Transcendence 3100 mile race is the world's longest certified footrace. In 1996 Sri Chinmoy created this event as a 2,700-mile (4,345 km) race. At the award ceremony that year he declared that the 1997 edition would be extended to 3,100 miles (4,989 km).

This multi-day race is hosted by the Sri Chinmoy Marathon Team and takes place in Queens, New York in the United States from June–August every year. The course is 3,100 miles (4,989 km) long. Runners negotiate 5,649 laps of one extended city block in Jamaica, Queens - 164th Place to Abigail Adams (84th) Avenue to 168th Street to Grand Central Parkway

—a distance of 0.5488 mile (883 m), while the streets are in normal use. The runners have 52 days in which to complete the distance, running from 6a.m. to midnight, an average of 59.62 miles (95.95 km) every day. The prize is typically a T-shirt, a DVD, or a small trophy.


Solingen (German pronunciation: [ˈzoːlɪŋən] (listen)) is a city in North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany. It is located on the northern edge of the region called Bergisches Land, south of the Ruhr area, and, with a 2009 population of 161,366, is after Wuppertal the second largest city in the Bergisches Land. It is a member of the regional authority of the Rhineland.

Solingen is called the "City of Blades", since it has long been renowned for the manufacturing of fine swords, knives, scissors and razors made by famous firms such as Weyersberg, DOVO, Wüsthof, Zwilling J. A. Henckels, Böker, Clauberg, Eickhorn, Linder, Carl Schmidt Sohn, Dreiturm, and numerous other manufacturers.

In Medieval times, the swordsmiths of Solingen coined the town's image, which is preserved to this date. In the latter part of the 17th century, a group of swordsmiths from Solingen broke their guild oaths by taking their sword-making secrets with them to Shotley Bridge, County Durham in England.


An ultramarathon, also called ultra distance or ultra running, is any footrace longer than the traditional marathon length of 42.195 kilometres (26.219 mi).


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