About the author:

Rupantar has been the race director of the Sri Chinmoy Marathon Team since 1985, having been asked by Sri Chinmoy to serve in that capacity. As well as working on the big races the US Marathon Team organise each year - the 3100 Mile Race and the Six and 10 Day Race - he also spends a considerable amount of time archiving the Marathon Team's 40 year history on this website.

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Runners pass the Unisphere during the Sri Chinmoy Half-Marathonat Flushing Meadows Corona Park, 1980.

This is not meant to be a definitive history of the Sri Chinmoy Marathon Team, but just the start. Hopefully, as this project proceeds, friends and participants of our past races will fill in the details, offer their inspiring comments and bring these athletes and events to life.

The Sri Chinmoy Marathon Team has not been the only club involved in the development of running, particularly ultra running - distances beyond the marathon, in the New York area. Larger clubs then ours, such as the New York Road Runners Club, and smaller ones, like the Broadway Ultra Society under the indefatigable Rich Innamerato, have also played an important part. But the history of running outside of our club is far beyond the scope of this project.

Sri Chinmoy, who passed away in 2007, founded the club upon the ideal of serving the community thourgh our races. The Sri Chinmoy Marathon Team is non-profit and all of our members are volunteers; no one is salaried, and in the New York area, we accept no sponsorship. We donate our time because we feel that we are serving the community through these races. We keep our fees low and try to put on the best races we can. Since the late 1970s and through today, the Sri Chinmoy Marathon Team is noted worldwide for the quality of its races. This is amply reflected below by the many national and world records set in our ultra races.

The Sri Chinmoy Marathon Team has enjoyed a special relationship with Flushing Meadows Corona Park since the 1970s, and we continue to do so today with our 5k fundraiser for the NYC Parks and our internationally acclaimed 6-Day and 10-Day Races.

Much of the source material for the archives comes from newspaper clippings, press releases, original photos with captions, various running periodicals, newsletters and magazines, and, of course, Ultrarunning Magazine, which has been a pioneer in chronicling ultra races since the 1970s. The depth of coverage for each event is based on the material on hand. Any omissions, or errors are purely unintentional.


The History of the Sri Chinmoy Marathon Team: 1976- 1979

proclamation liberty torch.jpgPhoto: The Liberty Torch Relay (1976) received an official proclamation from the Office of the Mayor, City of New York.

Partial Race Schedule - 1976

Partial Race Schedule- 1977

Partial Race Schedule- 1978

Partial Race Schedule- 1979

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Over 400 runners crowd the start of the Sri Chinmoy 13-Mile Race at Flushing Meadows Corona Park on December 9, 1979.


The History of the Sri Chinmoy Marathon Team - 1980

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Photo: Marcy Schwam en route to  three world records in the Sri Chinmoy 24-Hour Run.

(All races held in Flushing Meadows Corona Park, Queens, NY, on a one mile loop unless otherwise noted)

Partial Race Schedule

Highlights


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Sue Medaglia sets a new world record in her first 24 hour race. Photo: Bhashwar

(All races held in Flushing Meadows Corona Park, Queens, NY, on a one mile loop unless otherwise noted)

Partial Race Schedule

Highlights


The History of the Sri Chinmoy Marathon Team - 1982

fourrunners.jpgThree of the world's top ultra marathoners - Cahit Yeter (r) , Sue Medaglia and Stu Mittleman (l) posing with ultra legend Ted Corbitt (second from r) before the start of the Sri Chinmoy 24-Hour Run, Francis Lewis High School, Queens, New York.

(All races held in Flushing Meadows Corona Park, Queens, NY, on a one mile loop unless otherwise noted)

Partial Race Schedule

Highlights


The History of the Sri Chinmoy Marathon Team - 1983

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Photo: RI Congresswoman Claudine Schneider (middle), voted one of the ten most fit members of Congress, took part in Washington, DC ceremonies honoring the RI Sri Chinmoy Triathlon.

(All races held in Flushing Meadows Corona Park, Queens, NY, on a one mile loop unless otherwise noted)

Partial Race Schedule

Highlights


The History of the Sri Chinmoy Marathon Team - 1984

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Competitors prepare for the start of the Sri Chinmoy Triathlon at Misquamicut Beach, RI, East Coast's first and longest running triathlon. (Bhashwar)

 

(All races held in Flushing Meadows Corona Park, Queens, NY, on a one mile loop unless otherwise noted)

Partial Race Schedule

Highlights


The History of the Sri Chinmoy Marathon Team - 1985

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Photo: Sri Chinmoy with the 1985 24 Hour Champion Yiannis Kouros

(All races held in Flushing Meadows Corona Park, Queens, NY, on a one mile loop unless otherwise noted)

Partial Race Schedule

Highlights


The History of the Sri Chinmoy Marathon Team - 1986

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Newly crowned 1,000 mile world record holder Stu Mittleman (l) receives congratulations from Sri Chinmoy (r).

 

(All races held in Flushing Meadows Corona Park, Queens, NY, on a one mile loop unless otherwise noted)

Partial Race Schedule

Highlights


The History of the Sri Chinmoy Marathon Team - 1987

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Photo: Cahit Yeter (no.44) takes an early lead in the 1987 Sri Chinmoy 24 Hour Race

(All races held in Flushing Meadows Corona Park, Queens, NY on one mile loop, unless otherwise noted)

 

Partial Race Schedule

Highlights


The History of the Sri Chinmoy Marathon Team - 1988

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Ultra legends Sandy Barwick (right) and Yiannis Kouros (center) compete in the 1988 Sri Chinmoy 1000 Mile IAU  (International Association of Ultrarunners) World Championship. Photo by Ranjit.

(All races held in Flushing Meadows Corona Park on a one mile loop, unless otherwise noted)

Partial Race Schedule

Highlights


The History of the Sri Chinmoy Marathon Team - 1989

AnnTom_0.jpgFocused concentration marks the running energy exhibited by ultrarunners Tom Possert and Ann Trason at the 1989 Sri Chinmoy USA/TAC 24 Hour Championship. Photo: Adarini Inkei

(All races held in Flushing Meadows Corona Park on a one mile loop, unless otherwise noted)

Partial Race Schedule

Highlights


The History of the Sri Chinmoy Marathon Team - 1990

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Essie Garrett (l) and Ronnie Wong circle the Unisphere in the Sri Chinmoy Ulra Trio. Wong went on the win the 1,300 Mile Race race.

(All races held in Flushing Meadows Corona Park, Queens, NY, on a one mile loop unless otherwise noted)

Partial Race Schedule

Highlights


The History of the Sri Chinmoy Marathon Team - 1991

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Photo: Our 1991 Schedule was full!

(All races held in Flushing Meadows Corona Park, Queens, NY, on a one mile loop unless otherwise noted)

Partial Race Schedule

 

Highlights