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On this episode of Running Times, Gagz welcomes living legend Trishul Cherns to discuss his role as a pioneer in the sport of Ultrarunning. Trishul was an original member of the fabled Sri Chinmoy Marathon Team and a trusted confidant of the famed Guru himself, Sri Chinmoy, until 1986 – when he was abruptly and unceremoniously expelled from the monastic life after 11 devoted years. Trishul is joined in studio by his wife Käären Schilke-Cherns to complement The Seeker’s story.
Originally born Lorne Cherns, Sri Chinmoy named him “Trishul” in 1981, which in Sanskrit means “Trident” or “an ignorance piercing weapon which conquers all the wrong forces of the world for god.” Now, at age 64, Trishul is a multi-day race specialist who has become Canada’s most prolific Ultrarunner, having logged almost 45000 miles in nearly 290 ultras, including the 3100 Transcendental Marathon three times! Trishul served as the Statistician for Ultrarunning Magazine for 30 years and in his prime ran step for step with the best in the world, beginning in 1978 when he ran his first ultra. These days, however, his focus has shifted from competition to completion as his sights are set on breaking the 59-year longevity record.