"Sri Chinmoy Marathon." (Press Release). October 8, 1983. Retrieved 2013-1-15. Archive copy at the Sri Chinmoy Marathon Team office, New York.
"New York runners would be hard pressed to find a more relaxed, congenial marathon than the Sri Chinmoy Flushing Meadow Marathon, held Saturday, October 8 in sight of the World's Fair Unisphere. In the spirit of a fun run, many of the 200 starters took advantage of the weather, flat course, water, ERG and time splits to tune up for the NY Marathon or to run the course as an alternative to the highly selective October 23 event.
First over the finish line in his 52nd marathon was Hector Vargas of the West Side Y leading teammate Curtis Washington by 48 seconds with his time of 2:37:10. Vargas held first place for mile fourteen, after he successfully challenged the early pace-setter, Kevin Malley of the FDNY. Malley then guarded the number two position until the last four mile stretch when, tiring, he gave way first to Washington and then to Brian Adler from Haverstraw, NY. Washington clocked 2:38:03, Adler and Malley finished 2:43:48 and 2:45:41 respectively.
Thirty-two year old Kathy Culla had the women's race wrapped up from the start, bring home a strong 3:08:11. Not so with Susan Kearns, a Millrose teammate of Kathy's. Out for only a 20-mile tune-up, Susan had to reconsider at mile 19 when, trailing in third but feeling strong, she pulled alongside second place Wen-Shi Yu of Kew Gardens. Digging in, Susan surged ahead, finishing second women in 3:28:34. Wen-Shi Yu happy to be racing after a summer-long bout of bronchitis, finished 3rd overall woman, first woman vet in 3:35:37.
Charlie Merritt, age 43 of the Flushing Meadow TC, won over an exceptionally strong field of 40 and over, while John Sullivan, 55, edged out Walter Brown, 58, 'again', (complained a laughing Brown: 'That's the third race this year he has won over me by seconds.') Willie Rios, back one week from the World Masters Games in Puerto Rico in which he competed with Sri Chinmoy, won for the over 60 in 3:34:56.
West Side Y sported the best overall times, taking the Team Trophy with the combined times of first place Vargas, second place Washington and 14th place Ed Sandoval (2:56:39).
This race was one of two held back to back that weekend by the Sri Chinmoy Marathon Team. On Sunday, the Team traveled to Breezy Point, L.I. to sponsor the Sri Chinmoy Breezy Point 4-Miler Run."
(r to l) Eddie Coyle and Susan Kearns.
Wen-Shi Yu, third women overall.