Shamita's 23-hour run around Lake Constance
A cellist by profession, Shamita Achenbach-König has been a pioneer ultra-runner for the last 25 years, competing for the Sri Chinmoy Marathon Team in distances from the marathon right up to the 3100 Mile Race.
This summer, she took some time out to return to the Austrian town of Bergenz, where she was born, and run the entire circumference of Lake Constance (called the Bodensee in German), a 167-kilometer journey that took her 23 hours and 35 minutes. Her father was inspired to tell the local media about it and as a result, a very nice article appeared in Vorarlberger Nachrichten, the local newspaper and one of the leading regional papers in Austria.
In the article, Shamita talks about how, through running, she is able to connect to a deeper state of being. "When we run, we connect with a higher world, with a divine consciousness that is the same as meditation. For me, running is meditation, or a long prayer in which thoughts become still…one gains access to levels of consciousness that bring light, joy, peace, and happiness."