April 24th…..Changed My Life

“My main goal in coming here is to get inspiration.” This is Arun Bardwaj’s 3rd appearance here at the Self Transcendence race in New York.

“On my first time here, from the very beginning I was feeling happy.  I had nothing in my mind.  No worries.  I am feeling in my best physical condition this time.”  Currently Arun is tied for 5 th place with 81 miles after 24 hours.

“No Fear.”  Arun is appears confident in what he is doing.  He says that in Indian scriptures it is written that we should not have fear.  “When God says don’t be afraid.  Why should we be afraid?”

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“Definitely these kind of events inspire me.  I am inspired by the great runners in the race.  Ultra running has totally changed my life.  My way of thinking and everything.”

“I feel lucky and privileged that God has put me into this field of ultra running.  I must say that everyone should at least do once in their lifetimes  a 6 day race.”

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Take up the challenge
To change your life
Once and for all.

Sri Chinmoy, Seventy-Seven Thousand Service-Trees, Part 28, Agni Press, 2002

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Half marathon put on by the Sri Chinmoy marathon team in 1980

The 10 day board after 5 days

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Kobi is leading the 10 day race with 427 miles.  Dr. Mitch Proffman has brought him some Matzo in honor of Passover

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Ed has 386 miles for 2nd place

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The Enthusiasm Awakeners come out to sing to the runners

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Achim is still in 3rd with 363 miles

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His wife Gabby has been a great help to him.

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Bikes in the park

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Sarah leads the 10 day women with 347.  Wai is in the 6 day race and has 88 miles, and is in 3rd place.  He says he has no distractions this year.

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Manoshri is in 2nd place with 339.  She has run quite a few laps with Sarah.

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Gautami her sister is in 3rd with 327

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The 6 day board

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A little extra

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John Geesler is in 2nd place in the 6 day race with 96

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Vikena is leading the women’s 6 day race with 85 miles.

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It is Sunday in Flushing meadow.  With the great Spring weather many have come out to picnic and to play.

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Albena

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Giribhu

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All kinds of transportation devices

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Water table is busy.

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Ales and Karteek

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Ushika

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Sunny day

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Anna

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working the board

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Andrey

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Kumar

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Tatianna and Kalpa

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It is time

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Vasuprada

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Checking the board

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Avanayaha

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Having lunch

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Soren

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Georgs

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Cooks having lunch….. Along with a guest runner Albena

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Budjargal

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Sergey

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Taking a break

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Sarah Marshall

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Supplying the kitchen

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Sandro

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Top speed

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David Luljak

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Patanga

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Ratuja

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Feet

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Enthusiasm Awakeners

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Erlinda

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Roger

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It must be rabbit season.

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Hoskuldur has 81 miles and is in 5th place

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Pedrag and Milan

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Janos

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Standing out and up

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Olexsandr

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Nataliya and Mattali

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Misha

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A meadow of wild flowers

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Michel

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Mark Dorion and Galya

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Joe Cleary had his 76th birthday yesterday and he gave himself 62 miles for his first day of the 6 day race.

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Lyalya has 57 miles for her first day.

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The trees

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Kalpa

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Karteek

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Pockets of purple

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Karnayat

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Sergey

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At last
My inner world is changed.

At last
My outer world is changed.

My inner world is changed
Into the cry of God-Beauty.

My outer world is changed
Into the smile of God-Duty.

Sri Chinmoy, Europe-Blossoms, Agni Press, 1974

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One Comments to “April 24th…..Changed My Life”

  1. sarita says:

    Thank you Utpal! Thank you great runners and walker Yolanda! Inspiring, joyful, uplifting.

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