Samir Singh, 44, also known as “the Faith Runner” aimed to run 10,000km within 100 days. But he suffered a heartbreaking fail after running in Mumbai heat and collapsed from exhaustion only 36km from his goal. He had spent almost three months running between Mumbai slums and its business district, all while using donated clothes, equipment and on a £2.30 a day budget.
COLLAPSES IN EXHAUSTION, WEIGHING ONLY 88 POUNDS
After his collapse, the 5ft 7in Singh weighed only 88lbs after suffering stomach issues and a viral fever (runners are crazy). He had begun his challenge on April 29th and rain thru the monsoon season without a single missed day. After falling behind schedule, he needed to run 150km (93 miles) on the last day.
COLLAPSED AFTER RUNNING 70 MILES ON FINAL DAY
He needed to run 150km (93 miles) on the final day to reach his target after falling behind schedule through illness. But the end was just out of reach as Singh was forced to stop after only (only!) running 114kn (70 miles) on his last day. (Runners are crazy)
Vikram Bhatti, who ran his campaign, said: “He was plagued by gastro-intestinal infections and contracted viral fever but has run 9,964km in 100 days.” Ahead of his final run, Mr Singh had said: “My journey of running 100 kilometres per day is very challenging but I wanted to show the endurance limit of human spirit.
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“I survived without a job for the last nine months and people have come forward and supported me with donations, shoes, clothes and equipment.”The five-time ultra-marathon winner lost 35lbs during his challenge and his ordeal captured the imagination of documentary makers who christened him “The Faith Runner”.
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Fans also joined him for several stretches of his run every day, similar to Tom Hanks’ character in the Oscar-winning Forrest Gump. But Mr Singh plans to hit the road again after he has recovered, this time running 40,000km.
He said: “I have not met my mother for a while as she would be heartbroken looking at my sunken face. “But I am happy so many people are invested in my story right now.”