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America's Least Likely Ultramarathoner Is Also One Of Its Best

Suprabha Beckjord, on Day 43 of 2003's 3100-mile race. (Photo: Sri Chinmoy Marathon Team) Sure, she looks patient enough, smiling over the cash register. Maybe she's got an extra bounce in her step as she helps someone pick out a greeting card. But customers at the Transcendence-Perfection-Bliss of the Beyond gift shop in Washington, D.C. likely don't realize that Suprabha Beckjord, the 60-year-old woman standing behind the counter, isn't just the store's helpful proprietor—she's one of the greatest endurance athletes the world has ever seen.
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