In Flushing Meadows, New York the Sri Chinmoy Marathon Team are promoting the twenty-second annual Sri Chinmoy Ten Day Race. The event also encompasses a six-day race. The event was founded by Sri Chinmoy as a means to promote the ideal of self-transcendence – giving runners the opportunity to stretch their capacities – physical, mental and spiritual.
The Sri Chinmoy Marathon Team promote many ultra distance races, including the 24 hour race in London. In the latest edition of “The Week”, a popular British news magazine, a featured article was about the efforts of self-transcendence by the various competitors who take on this challenge.
New world records were set at recent 24 hour racesÂ organised by the Sri Chinmoy Marathon Team in both London and Ottawa.
At the London self-transcendence 24 hour race, veteran Geoff Oliver set new no fewer than 7 world records for the 80+ category. These records included 50 miles in 10:20:31 and distance marks at 12 hours of 89.732 kms and 24 hours of 152.295 kms.
Geoff has been a regular participant at the London Sri Chinmoy A.C. races in the past 20 years, and after the event thanked the organisers for the great organisation and atmosphere of the race. (Geoff rewrites Ultra records)
In early June the Sri Chinmoy Centre in Bristol, England hosted its second triathlon event in the seaside town of Portishead. Somerset.
Billed as the “Self-Transcendence Somerset Try-a-Tri”, the race was aimed at first time triathletes and was sold out months in advance and took place onÂ June 9th 2013.
“For us, it’s not just a race” said organiser Garga Chamberlain of the Sri Chinmoy Triathlon Club, “It’s a chance to introduce beginners to a new and exciting sport, and to the philosophy of Self-Transcendence that Sri Chinmoy put at the heart of all his sporting endeavours. Sri Chinmoy himself came up with the idea of our club putting on triathlon events here in the UK, and that makes it a very special race for us – we see it as a tribute to our club’s founder.”
The event was blessed with warm, sunny weather (by no means assured in the English summer months!) and was thoroughly enjoyed by the hundred new triathletes who took part. The winner, Joe Gillett, completed the 264m swim, 17k cycle and 4k run in 1 hour and 9 seconds. All 100 entrants successfully completed the course, the last finisher coming over the line in just under 2 hours.
For full race results and a photo gallery of the event:
Two Sri Chinmoy Marathon Team members are currently high up on the honors board for Aucklandâ€™s iconic Hillary Trailâ€™s fastest completion times. The Hillary Trail is Â normally a self-guided four day tramp through 77km of native forest and along the wild coast of the Waitakere Ranges Regional Park. It connects various park tracks and basic backcountry campgrounds. The trail captures Sir Edmund Hillary’s sense of adventure and introduces the hardy to the joys of overnight camping and remote trails.
In recent years the trail has become a popular one-day challenge, with trail runners competing for fastest times. In April, 2013 Vajin Armstrong completed the fastest ever unsupported solo run in 8 hrs 47 minutes. Fellow SCMT runner Nelson Myers-Daly, a 20 year old Aucklander, set the third fastest time just weeks ago with a great time of 9 hours, 33 minutes.
The Hillary Trail website notes:â€œThe Trail epitomises the sense of adventure and personal achievement that Ed Hillary himself championed and was renowned for. It is not a walk in the park – but a chance for well-prepared trampers to experience the diverse, and often challenging west coast. The ARC hopes that creating an opportunity like this, in close proximity to urban Auckland, will inspire Aucklanders to get outdoors and experience the wilderness that exists on their own doorstep.â€
All your insurmountable obstacles.
You are bound to succeed.
– Sri Chinmoy 
Vajin has won the famed Kepler Challenge race in New Zealandâ€™s Fiordland National Park three consecutive times as well as many international trail races. An inspiring video of his races can be seen at: You tube
In 1984, the Australian Sri Chinmoy Marathon Team staged the first triathlon ever held in the Canberra region. Recently the 30th such triathlon event staged by the Team took place, with 4 races over a weekend.
There was a Junior and Open Joyathlon for youth competitors, followed by a Sprint and Classic Triathlon.
The Australian Sri Chinmoy Marathon Team has gained a reputation as one of the country’s best organisers of race events.
On 9th October,Â a two mile race was organised to celebrate the 5th anniversary of the dedication of the Sri Chinmoy Heart-Garden in Flushing Meadows Park, Queens, New York.
Sri Chinmoy Heart Garden
The Sri Chinmoy Heart-Garden was dedicated by the New York City Department of Parks and Recreation to Sri Chinmoy, on October 11, 2006. Exactly one year later Sri Chinmoy passed away, leaving a vibrant legacy of world service and creativity in many fields.
The Heart-Garden Two-Mile Race, first held in October 2009, is an annual event organised by Sri Chinmoy Marathon Team to celebrate the legacy and vision for world peace offered by Sri Chinmoy.
Everything that is beautiful,
Inspiring and aspiring
Can easily be found
Inside our heart-garden.
The Self-Transcendence 6 and 10 day race, organised by the Sri Chinmoy Marathon Team is well under way withÂ many runners clocking up big mileages.
Photo by Jowan. The sleepless action of the race.
The race was initiated by founder Sri Chinmoy, who himself ran several marathons and ultra-marathons. These ultra day races offer competitors and helpers an opportunity to transcend their own limitations – both physical, mental and spiritual.
“Self-transcendence gives us joy in boundless measure. When we transcend ourselves, we do not compete with others. We do not compete with the rest of the world, but at every moment we compete with ourselves. “
“Try to be a runner, and try all the time to surpass and go beyond all that is bothering you and standing in your way. Be a real runner so that ignorance, limitation and imperfection will all drop far behind you in the race.”
On October 10th 2009, a Two Mile Race was held in Flushing Meadows, Queens, New York to celebrate the anniversary of the Sri Chinmoy Heart Garden.
Participants were joined by several Olympians, including track and field legend Carl Lewis, Russian runner Olesya Zykina and New York Athletic Club founder Bill Lumpp. Local Councilman James Gennaro (D-Fresh Meadows) was also present saying of the event:
â€œThis race and this day are yet another example of the boundless inspiration that Sri Chinmoy has always provided to those who are young at heart,â€