About the author:

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.

This video commemorates Sri Chinmoy's first marathon by interspersing actual footage of both the 1979 Chico Marathon and the 2009 Marathon held in New York in honor of that event.

Sri Chinmoy often gave as much significance to the outer life as he did to the inner. As a lifelong athlete he found numerous ways to inspire his students to transcend their perceived limitations in athletics. In so doing he knew that if they set challenging goals for themselves it would also inspire them to make inner progress as well.

In the late 70s he took up the sport of distance running with intense dedication. The running boom was just taking off in America and Sri Chinmoy, at age 47, when most would think of retiring, trained himself to run the most difficult distance of all, the marathon.

On March 3 1979, he completed his first Marathon in Chico California. His time was 4:31 and just 3 weeks later he would run one again. On the 30th anniversary of that event, his students honor him by running the 26 mile distance not just in Queens, New Yorkwhere he lived, but in cities around the world.