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Team Suzy for the win!

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They should just put on ruby shoes, click their heels twice, three times in a row, while saying "world peace" ....they'll get the same results and save themselves a lot of time and effort.

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During the 1970s I worked with a Sri Chinmoy follower. He, and his family, lived in Jamaica near their guru.

Since we both lived in Queens we frequently gave each other rides home when we drove.

My friend had a beautiful vintage red Cadillac convertible. One night we jumped into his car for the ride home. I noticed a photo of Sri Chinmoy on the dash. After he prayed for a safe ride home, we entered the Midtown Tunnel at 80mph. That’s when I prayed to my god.

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"The disciple-runners come from the Czech Republic, Poland, Romania, Slovakia, New Zealand, Ukraine, Russia, and Italy. "

No Indians. Not one.

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Rats on treadmill. Running in circles to nowhere to “change oneself and the world” !?!?!

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I hope he is too busy running to vote!

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“The goal of this is to bring humanity together, and stop having these borders,” he explains. “There’s no way that we’re gonna be one in any of our issues that we have until we take those walls down.” Yep, he's going to bring us together with sex traffickers, purveyers of fentanyl, drug traffickers, terrorists, criminals and the like, all by running in circles.

You've got to wonder.

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"When I ask Lester why he thinks he’s the lone U.S. citizen he retorts, “I don’t see myself as an American. We’re all one.” Uh huh. What a rude surprise this dude may be in for when another nation that does not consider us all one invades.

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I’m always impressed w/ how Suzy’s more anthropological articles seem to come from a genuine curiosity about people and not a desire to make easy jokes about them - tempting as that may be.

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Oct 21, 2023·edited Oct 21, 2023

I'd say the comments so far are equally divided between readers who get it--this is a fun story about a small, quirky subculture of committed, spiritually-inclined, but entirely harmless ultra runners--and those who, like Clint Eastwood in "Gran Torino," would prefer to snarl "Get off my lawn!" (or "Too many chickpea dishes in their d**ned restaurant!") Will somebody please tell the latter cohort that they, too, are loved. Grrrrrrrrrrrrr!!

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Reminds me of the time I thought I saw God, while in a cathouse in Billings Montana.

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Good reporting on a unique subject. 60 miles per day is more than two marathons. These folks are dedicated and perhaps a bit crazy. I disagree with the runner who said, “I don’t see myself as an American. We’re all one.” It is apparent that we are not all one even in America, where I am disheartened by large rallies of my fellow citizens to support terrorist Jew-hating baby killers.

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Always enjoy your writing, Suzy.

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Suzy Weiss, please write more for TFP. Your unadulterated reporting dotted with innocent humor and harmless sarcasm is refreshing and pure pleasure to read.

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When I see nonsense like this, I quickly skim it and move on.

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Oct 21, 2023·edited Oct 21, 2023

Fun piece Suzy! As a long time runner who has spent a lot of time with everyone from Olympic sprinters to neighborhood joggers, this is an accurate depiction of ultra marathoners. These distances tend to attract a very woo-woo set, and they tend to be highly addictive personalities or are straight up recovering from various substance abuse issues. More power to them, there are worse ways to spend your time for sure. But I wouldn't look to them for a higher truth.

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