Sri Chinmoy had a love of running throughout his life. As a teenager in the Sri Aurobindo Ashram he stood first in the 100 metres event from 1944 – 1960. His fastest time for the 100 metres was 11.7 seconds, this time was also done in bare feet on a cinder track.
In America Sri Chinmoy took up long distance running in 1978, at the age of 46. He went onto complete 5 ultra marathons. His fastest time for a marathon was 3:55:07 at the Heartwatchers Marathon near Toledo, Ohio, on March 25, 1979.
As a spiritual teacher Sri Chinmoy also encouraged others to run and take part in sports, as he felt running provided many benefits both outer and inner. A fit body helps the mind tremendously; also when we are fit we feel more dynamic and less susceptible to lethargy and depression. To encourage and inspire the running community, Sri Chinmoy founded the Sri Chinmoy Marathon Team, which has since emerged as one of the world’s leading promoters of distance running. They stage the popular 6 and 10 day races in New York in May, and in July they organise the world’s longest footrace of 3100 miles.
These are a collection of articles about running and the Sri Chinmoy Marathon Team
Articles by members of the Sri Chinmoy Marathon Team
- Barry 40 Mile Race by Roger Chamberlain
Articles about Sri Chinmoy Marathon Team
- Foot Soldiers of the Soul article by Julie Walsh of Sunday Independent about “meditation and marathons”
- Allaboutrunning.net: Running tips from the Sri Chinmoy Marathon Team
Impressions from Sri Chinmoy Marathon Team Races
Originally posted on Sri Chinmoy Inspiration Group