Sponsored by the Sri Chinmoy Marathon Team, the Self-Transcendence Swim-Run was introduced last year. It differs markedly from the non-profit team’s current repertoire of ultra-distance races, in that it offers non-extreme athletes an opportunity to challenge and transcend themselves as well.

The Sri Chinmoy Marathon Team has been organising races in the New York area since 1977, and are specialists in endurance races such as the Self-Transcendence Six and Ten Day Race, and the Self-Transcendence 3100 Mile Race, the world’s longest road race. “It’s exciting because the event is something new in our menu,” says Race Director Rupantar LaRusso. “It’s a unique event in that there is a lot of volunteer support…and good food afterwards.”

The driving force behind the event, however–Sri Chinmoy’s message of oneness, peace, and self-transcendence—remains unchanged. The inspirational quotation from Sri Chinmoy’s writings at this year’s race was as follows:

When I swim in the silence-sea,
I see the blossoming of my heart’s illumination-sun.

Next year the race is scheduled to be held on Sunday, September 11, once again at Lake Welch Beach, Harriman State Park. For upcoming information please visit us.srichinmoyraces.org. It promises to be another inspiring end-of-season opportunity at an idyllic venue!

Video & Editing: Salil Wilson
Music: Parichayaka Hammerl
Acknowledgements: Sri Chinmoy
Copyright: © 2010 Sri Chinmoy Maraathon Team