Monks Runs 900 Marathons Over Seven Years

by Ed Lau on December 7, 2006

So you think your hardcore? Do you put cigarettes out on your palm? Have you pulled a firetruck using only your testicles? Is your name Chuck Norris?

When I heard in his interview on BBC’s Top Gear that Englishman Sir Ranulph Fiennes ran seven marathons on seven continents in seven days, I said to myself that guy has to be the toughest dude on earth. Granted he looked like any other old white guy but his experiences are so of the craziest things I’ve ever heard from any human being. The guy is former S.A.S. demolitions expert, which would normally be enough badass for anyone but not for him. He amputated his own fingers using an electric saw after suffering severe frostbite from walking to the north pole (he walked across Antarctica in 90 days previously). He also ran those marathons after suffering a heart attack and double bypass surgery. So yes, it was safe to say that Ranulph Fiennes is the hardest bastard on the face of the planet.

Or rather…was. Apparently there are at least 46 guys that are tougher than Fiennes. How much tougher? How’s 900 marathons over seven years? Including stretches of 100 marathons on 100 consecutive days…and 100 double marathons on 100 consecutive days? Oh, did I mention the 7 days of sitting upright without sleep, food, or water? How about the six days sitting in front of freakin’ blazing fire?

When he finishes the 100 days, Kakudo can petition Hiei Headquarters to be allowed to undertake the 1000-day spiritual challenge (sennichi kaihogyo). If his petition is accepted, he must free himself from all family ties and observe a seven-year retreat on Mount Hiei. Kakudo will then commit himself to 900 more marathons over a seven-year period. The first 300 are 18- to 25-mile runs undertaken 100 days in a row, from the end of March to mid-October over three years. Starting in the fourth year, Kakudo will be allowed to wear socks with the sandals. During the fourth and fifth years, he will run 200 consecutive marathons each year and will be allowed to carry a walking stick. At the completion of the 700th marathon, Kakudo will face the greatest trial of all, called doiri — seven and half days without food, water or sleep, sitting in an upright position and chanting mantras day and night. If he lives through this trial, which brings him to the brink of death and therefore to the ultimate appreciation of life, he will have attained the Buddhist level of Saintly Master of the Severe Practice (ogyoman jari).

I couldn’t believe it either but according to this there are people that can do this. I know it’s hard to believe but some of those monks are absolutely nuts. I mean, I feel pretty tough when I bench 200, put out a candle with my fingers or not yelp when I stub my toe. Thanks for making me feel like a girly man, you crazy monks.

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Kiltak December 7, 2006 at 1:37 pm

Hmm, thanks for posting this dude. I suddently feel like a useless parasite now.

And I thought staying up all night cleaning up puke and diareah from my sick son was making me some kind of super-human. I guess I was wrong…




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