Swim-Run Biathlon in New York
- Last Sunday, Sept. 13, there was a Biathlon put on by the Sri Chinmoy Marathon Team in New York. Organized mainly by Boijayanti and Suchitra, the race consisted of a 1 KM swim (.62 miles) and a 10 KM run (6.2 miles).
It took place at Harriman State Park about 50 miles north of NYC.
The swim was a triangular route in Lake Welch and the run was three loops around the surrounding park area which is part of the Bear Mountain State Park region of New York State. It is not too far from the area where we have the Self-Transcendence Marathon in August at Rockland Lake.
This was our first swim-run combination in New York although we have administered a few triathlons in Rhode Island in the early 80's which were much longer and included a long bicycle race after the swim and before the run. It was a very beautiful day with many disciples coming up to help with the race and the picnic/mini-joy day that followed.
There were 53 finishers in the race including about 20 disciples. For full results of the race go to:
Many Centres all over the world are administering races of all lengths and types. It would be nice to see some of those reports here on the Inspiration Site. Even though you could find most of the results on the Sri Chinmoy Marathon Team site it would be helpful to some of us if the link was posted here. Also any first hand accounts of the races are welcome and inspiring and not usually including on the race sites.
This type of shorter race which is of manageable length for most athletes brings many people together within the Centre and from outside as well. It is this sense of cooperation and oneness that really offers to the public a very dynamic and joyful experience of our Centre. The new disciples as well derive much benefit from this type of activity as they mix with the older disciples in a very dynamic and inspiring setting.
I would like to write more about the experience myself from a competitor's point of view as I completed the race also. But I was more happy about the event as a whole than I was about myself completing it. Although I felt I could have done much better, especially in the swim portion, I really enjoyed just being there and sharing in the Oneness and Joy of the day. Some of us even got to play about 6 games of volleyball afterwards. That's the upside of a race which only takes a little over an hour.