Man Tries To Run 6,214 Miles In 100 Days, Collapses Just Before Finishing

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An ultra-marathon runner set a lofty goal of running 6,214 miles in 100 days, but fell just short of the necessary miles Sunday.

Samir Singh, from Mumbai, set out to run a total of 6,214 miles in 100 days, but collapsed a mere 70 miles short of his goal. The 44-year-old contracted severe stomach problems and a fever that prevented him from finishing.

“He was plagued by gastrointestinal infections and contracted viral fever but has run 9,964km [6,191 miles] in 100 days,” said Vikram Bhatti, manager of his campaign.

The Times of India noted that the distance he ran is still longer than the Great Wall of China or the length between Mumbai and London.

Singh is nicknamed “The Faith Runner,” due to his commitment to running, and began his journey April 29. The runner survived on only $1.30 per day, spending a majority of his time in the Mumbai slums. He lost 35 pounds in the process, currently weighing an astonishing 88 pounds.

“I have not met my mother for a while as she would be heartbroken looking at my sunken face,” Singh said.

He plans on running another 24,855 miles upon recovering.

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Gabrielle Okun