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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.

As well as an extraordinary runner and race organiser in his own right, Cahit Yeter was a true friend of the Sri Chinmoy Marathon Team for many years. This bio is excerpted from the 1987 24 Hour Race brochure:

"...The champion athlete has endured many hardships in his long career and has come through each testing to now stand as one of the premier ultra athletes in the country. In the past several years he has been honored with several prestigious awards given by the running community to its own. At last year's race he received the Ultrarunner of the Year Award from the New York Road Runners Club (offered jointly to Cahit and to Stu Mittleman, who set a world record at the Sri Chinmoy 1,000 mile race); and also for the past two years has received the Special  Achievement Award from TAC (the US governing athletic body for running). The TAC award is offered to only one runner a year, in all distances from 50 meters to 24 hours, for their athletic achievements.

Cahit was born in Istanbul, Turkey. During his youth he was his country's top runner in the 5,000 meter, 10,000 meter and marathon events. He was preparing for the Olympics when, at age 23, he was in an auto accident so severe the doctors told him his goal should be simply to walk again. For the next sixteen years Cahit forgot running. He immigrated to America and set to work building a new life for himself. Then, one day, he was mugged by 6-7 New York hoodlums. What frustrated him most was that he now did not have the athletic capacity to even run away from his attackers.

The next day Cahit went to the park and began running. A mere three weeks later he ran his first marathon in over sixteen years - the difficult and hilly Yonkers event. He finished in 4:35. His next race was the 1976 NY Marathon, which he completed in 3:03; and then the Philadelphia Marathon, 2:55. In 1977 he organized his first race, a 3 mile event in the Bronx attended by 450 runners. His Cahit's Pacers running team now holds a number of popular Bronx races each year. Within two years Cahit ran his first ultra -a 50 miler in Central Park - and from there entered solidly into this sport. He has set a number of records for the 100 mile race (13:35, set at the 1986 Sri Chinmoy 100 Mile/70 Mile race); the North American 200 k track record (17:44) and the North American 45-49 year old record for the 24 hour event (155 miles 1182 yards).

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