"Sri Chinmoy Marathon in Plainsboro, NJ" (Press Release). September 29, 1981. Retrieved 2013-01-31. Archive copy at the Sri Chinmoy Marathon Team office, Queens, New York.
"A two-year search by the Sri Chinmoy Marathon Team for a perfect 'flat and fast' marathon course was realized this September 13 when the first annual Sri Chinmoy Marathon was held in Plainsboro, NJ.
Plainsboro, a bucolic community located next to Princeton and near Trenton and New Brunswick, offered to the duly appreciative runners well-paved, well-shaded country roads winding past fields of ripened corn. The marathon route - certified and sanctioned by the RRCA - consisted of two loops through this setting, the second loop slightly longer than the first.
The 144 participating runners were generous with their praise of the race, many having taken as much as twenty minutes off their usual time!
Larry Friedman, winner of the Sri Chinmoy Marathon, crosses the finish line at 2:31:41. Photo: Bhashwar Hart.
'Never have I been to a race that was organized and executed in such a professional manner,' stated overall winner Larry Friedman of the Sneaker Factory. 'Course management, traffic control, mile markers, split times, aid stations all surpassed a marathoner's dreams. You have spoiled me.' Larry clocked in at 2:31:41.
Women's winner Diana Berner, of Scarsdale, NY who has been training hard for a full year, was also well-pleased with her performance, taking more than twenty-five minutes off her previous marathon best and coming in at 3:05:26.
Among the large number of ultra marathoners participating in the event was New Jersey's great Bill Lawder, who ran 2:39:52.
Greiff, James. "Chinmoy fitness graces town." The Princeton Packet. September 16, 1981.
Runners in Sunday's Sri Chinmoy Marathon in Plainsboro were promised a unique experience and that's exactly what they got...