Toy, Atala. "Sri Chinmoy Half-Marathon". Runner Gazette December 1980.
"The Sri Chinmoy Half-Marathon was held in Flushing Meadow Park, Queens, NY on Sunday, November 16,1980.
Despite the chilly weather it was a Caribbean weekend for the Sri Chinmoy Marathon Team. While leader Sri Chinmoy was in Puerto Rico, being honored by the San Juan government for his contributions to running, the Sri Chinmoy Half-Marathon was being won by Jesus Figueroa (1:07:51) who had recently moved from Puerto Rico to the Bronx. Figueroa also headed the winning NY Track and Field Circuit combine that won the Team Trophy Division with a low 10 points (first, second and seventh place winners).
One of those who traveled farthest just to attend the run was 67-year old Canadian Ray Deschambault, winner of the oldest runner award. Ray divides his time between Montreal and DeWitt, NY; and won in his age division just the week before at the Montreal Sri Chinmoy 13K. He traveled to New York to run the Half-Marathon because, he said, Sri Chinmoy makes him happy.
Winner in the 55-60 division was sportswriter Mort Kail of the Westchester Rockland Newspapers. Mort began running two years ago - to keep up with the running column he had begun writing."
Runners pass the Unisphere during the Sri Chinmoy Half-Marathon on November 16 at Flushing Meadow Park, Queens, New York. Photo: Bhashwar Hart