World’s longest race? 3,100 miles around a New York block
23 October 2021 | 1:30 pm
It's the world's longest certified foot race: a 3,100-mile run that takes participants not across America but around the same New York block 5,649 times. Runners complete more than two marathons a day for almost two months, on less than five hours sleep a night.
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