The Sri Chinmoy Marathon

Rockland Lake State Park, Congers New York

Join an international field of runners from over 30 countries in this flat, fast, and scenic race!

Race can be used as a Boston qualifier
Aid stations every mile, plus main food station with all kinds of nice treats
All runners' laps counted
Medals for all finishers
Vegetarian meal served to all competitors after the race
Medical tent and post-race massage available
Free parking near race site (vehicles must enter before 8:00am)
Bag check

About the event

Welcome to the Eighteenth Annual Sri Chinmoy Marathon (previously called the Self-Transcendence Marathon) which takes place around Rockland Lake in Valley Cottage, New York - just 45 minutes from New York City. The event will take place on Monday, August 24, 2020.

Sponsored by the Sri Chinmoy Marathon Team in cooperation with the New York State Parks System.

Race start: 7AM SHARP.

Shuttle bus from Manhattan available!  (See details further down)

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26.2 miles
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Start time

  • 7.00 AM


  • $50 through Jul. 31
  • $60 through Aug. 18
  • No race-day registration


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Award categories

  • Male and Female:
  • Top 7: Under 50
  • Top 3: 50-59
  • Top 2: 60-69
  • First Place: 70 and over


  • USATF Certified Course #NY11051JG, Sanctioned Event

Race Details

How to Enter

Pre-registration is required to participate in this race, there will be no race-day registration.

Early registration: $50, through July 31
Late registration:  $60, through August 18
Shuttle bus from Manhattan:  $30, through August 18

Register by mail: Download mail-in entry form.  We must RECEIVE your entry with payment no later than Aug. 18.  Entries received after Aug. 18 will NOT be accepted.
Register Online through RedPodium or Active.  Processing fee applies; RedPodium has lower fee.

No race-day registration.

Entries cannot be transferred to another person.

Shuttle Bus from Manhattan

Sit back, relax, and let someone else do the driving!

Our dedicated shuttle bus service from Grand Central Station, Manhattan direct to Rockland Lake is available for an additional fee of $30 roundtrip per person. The option is available on both Redpodium and Active during the registration process.

5:30 AM departure, return by 2:30 PM. You must purchase shuttle seats in advance (no race-day walk-ups, sorry). The shuttle is open to non-participants as well - you can purchase additional seats for friends / relatives. Shuttle seats only (without race registration) can be purchased anytime on our RedPodium Registration page.  Please note that you must finish the Marathon in less than 6 hours in order to sign up for the shuttle.

Number Pickup

On race day only, starting at 6:00 AM

The Course

A beautifully scenic, "Pancake Flat", USATF certified 2.96 loop around Rockland Lake.  Race can be used as a Boston Qualifier.

Marathon = 8 full laps + 2.72 miles.  All runners' laps counted.

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Men and Women's awards categories:

Under 50: Top 7, 50-59: Top 3, 60-69: Top 2, 70 & over: First Place.

Medals for all finishers

Awards ceremony at 12:15 PM


T-shirts guaranteed for all participants that register by Jul 31.  T-shirt sizes are X-Small, Small, Medium, Large, X-Large, 2XL.

Time Limit

7-hour cutoff (2:00 PM), strictly enforced.  No early starts.

Age Restrictions

Runners must be 18 or older to compete.

Directions & Accommodation

Getting There

Rockland Lake State Park is about 45 min North of NYC, off the NY State Thruway (Rt I-87).  There is no public transportation to the park.

Please read through these directions completely before starting your drive:

Rockland Lake State Park is a big park, by far the easiest way to navigate to Race-Day Central is to start out by using this google map link which will take you to the northern park entrance off of Route 9W (at Lake Road).  Alternatively, you can enter the following address into any GPS, which will take you to the same park entrance:

972 Route 9W, Congers, NY 10920

Then, immediately after turning into the park, make your first right turn towards Parking Field 5.  follow the road down for 1 mile (pass Parking Field 6), Parking Field 5 will be on your left.    Race-Day Central will be between on the grass between the parking lot and the lake loop pathway.

Please note that the southern entrance off of Route 9W is also at "Lake Road" (we know... it's totally confusing), that's why we recommend using the link or address above, then follow the written directions the last mile.

You can also click this link for the exact location of the race staging area in Google maps, however if you are driving from points south of Rockland Lake, most GPSs will try to take you through the southern park entrance off of Route 9W, and the road leading to Parking Field 5 from this entrance is CLOSED.  That's why we recommend using the first link (or address), then follow the written directions.

DO NOT type "Rockland Lake State Park" into your GPS, you'll end up in the wrong part of the park at the north end of the lake, 1-1/2 miles away from the race!

IMPORTANT: you must enter any parking lot inside the park BEFORE 8AM to avoid being charged the $8 NYS Parks imposed vehicle fee.

If Parking Field 5 is full, backtrack (go North) 3/4 mile to Parking Field 6.

Nearby hotels

Super 8 Motel
(845) 353-3880
47 Route 59
Nyack, NY 10960

Best Western Nyack on Hudson
(845) 358-8100
40 Route 59
Nyack, NY 10960

Click here for more hotels in the Nyack area.

Race Credit / Refund Policy

No refunds, no race credit 10 days (or less) prior to the event.  50% race credit 10 days (or more) prior to the event.  Please read our full Race Credit / Refund Policy before submitting a request.