Sri Chinmoy’s 47 Mile Race 2016

The footage is less than 2 minutes long.  A mere fragment of much greater event that probably could never be captured adequately by a super 8 film very well anyway.

Yet it shows Sri Chinmoy completing the 47 mile race in 1980 for the 2nd time.  A performance that took him 11:27:24  to complete and which surpassed his previous best by  74 minutes.

*photo by Bhashwar

Now there is a new generation following in those same footsteps as their late spiritual teacher 36 years later.

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Many who have never even had the opportunity to see Sri Chinmoy little alone remember how powerfully he once used to run

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Pratyaya the race director remembers those early days

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Petra gets ready for a long night

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There is a profound sense of calm as people register

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Most have a clear sense of why they do this most difficult thing of running 47 miles starting at midnight on August 27th.

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The time of quiet does not last long

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Know that as much as it is gift to their teacher it is also something that will offer much more in return.  A dedication.

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Even for those who do not run tonight but who instead help there is a sense of purpose and dedication.

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The race is an opportunity for all to feel part of something great and beautiful that lies both within and without.

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An opportunity that comes but once a year

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But one whose benefits can last a lifetime

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Instructions at the starting line by Nibir

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Some encouraging words by Sri Chinmoy read

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It begins

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The turn out to 168st.

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Poems on the fence

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Lights illumining the darkness

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Always enough light to find your way

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Pratyaya, Hladini, and Devaki just before the runs come through for the first time

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Getting the leader boar ready

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The counters watching and recording

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The girls

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Runners coming by in both directions

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Granatan is the early leader

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Things are happening with the board

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There are some like Boijayanti ran the marathon just 2 days ago

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The clock ticks on relentlessly

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Clifford

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Light of all kinds

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There is not a single problem
That cannot be illumined
With our aspiration-candle.

Garima the great

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Tarit and Garga working on the board

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The night is passing…..Palash

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The steep hills….Stutisheel

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Koojena taking water

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The food table

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Vinati behind the school

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It is a humid night and water is necessary

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Soon enough the morning draws near

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The awakening sun inspires us all

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Steps have slowed but not the inspiration

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A new shift of counters

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Energized in every way

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Garima never seems to tire

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Vasuprada and Tatiana

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The finish getting closer

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Smarana and Ushika

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Suhasini

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Getting brighter

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The first finisher approaches

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“I feel full of gratitude to Guru because I wanted to offer him something in a unique way.  Instead he gave me something more than I could ever expect.”

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“This is really a unique race.  This is the birthday of our Guru.  I am really really proud and honored and grateful to every time I can race on this night.”

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Styamurthi is the men’s champion with a time of 6:36:10

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“Here and now is the key to the real victory.”

“I just got the nicest present that we can offer Guru for his birthday.”

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“I kind of felt this the whole race.  Sometimes it was a little bit stronger.”

“I am actually a little bit injured.  I am very grateful that I gave everything to Guru and it ended up very well.”

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“I had just the feeling that I would finish.  And I did not care about the time at all because in my last race in the Swiss Alpines I had to shorten the distance.  I had pain the whole time.  The last 8 or 10 km were pretty intense.”

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“My belief is that everything is connected to the inner.  So I am trying to become a better disciple and solve these problems.”

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Pushkar came in 2nd place in a time of 6:50:20

“The last 400 meters with the flag was delightful.”

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“Last year I did my best time (7:03 4th place).”  This year he is in 3rd place with a time of 7:04:15

“Until the half way point I felt very well.  But there was no time that I was really struggling.  It went a little bit up and down but at no time was it really tough.”

“The whole way I chanted gratitude when I breathed out.  When I breathed in I chanted Supreme.”

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“I also do this when I am practicing.  It was like a whole mediation for 7 hours.  It was great.”

“I feel more and more that we do not 80 or 90 but 100% grace from above.    This I feel more and more when I am on this path.  In everything that we do.

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“It is my 2nd best time after running the 3100 mile race.  In the 12 years that I have taken part in the 3100 this is the 3rd time I have run this my favorite race.  It is a special present for Guru.”

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“Whenever I can I never miss this race.  This time in spite of a tougher than the toughest 3100 mile race.  I was recovered pretty good.  I was able to perform pretty smooth.  It was amazing even to me.”

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“My best time after doing the 3100 was 7:10.”

Stutisheel was 4th in a time of 7:12:38

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“Wonderful.  Amazing.  Happy Birthday Guru.  It is an amazing present from Guru actually.  He is the one who is giving the richest present on his birthday.  Therefore it is the most important day for me in the entire year, Guru’s birthday.

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“It is amazing.  I never dreamed that this would happen.”

Vinati is the women’s champion in a time of 8:36:57

“In my last few laps I felt as though I had garlanded Guru.  It was something really amazing for me.”

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“Inside my heart.  It was not just me.  I felt the support of everybody.  It was not just my victory, it was the victory of all.”

Vinati’s time was slower than her performance last year.

She has done the longer races in Flushing Meadow and says that although this race is different she feels as though ultimate, “we are giving everything to Guru.”

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“We can experience this only fully when we can feel gratitude all the way.  It really helps so much.  It pushed me amazingly.  I just wanted to feel gratitude.  It is nice to feel and this state of being is absolutely amazing.

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Harita has spent much of the summer being part of the American Peace Run and running the 47 mile race she feels as part of larger blessing of being part of Guru’s love of running.

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Harita is the 2nd women finisher in a time of 8:47:46

“I have done this race a few times but this is my personal best by 25 minutes.  I am really happy about that.”

Because she spent the summer on the Peace run she says she had few opportunities to do any long training runs.

“I did the marathon yesterday.  I was doing my absolute fastest.” (3:54)

“I think it is all just grace.”  She then recites

Enthusiasm
Knows
No tiredness.

Sri Chinmoy, Seventy-Seven Thousand Service-Trees, Part 24, Agni Press, 2002

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“If you have the enthusiasm to do it then you just find the capacity, but it is all grace.”

Describing her race, “It is so magical.  It is such a beautiful thing to do.  Guru said it was the best birthday present that you could give him.  Guru’s whole philosophy is self-transcendence.  Be the best that you can be. “

“The 47 mile race is a real opportunity to do that and Guru creates such a magical road out here.  With all the helpers and all the runners.  It was really beautiful and it was such a beautiful night. It was so peaceful.”

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“I am so grateful to have the opportunity to have to do it, and so grateful to be able to do it.”

“Guru gave so much importance to physical fitness.  The importance of your body being strong.  So that it can be like a temple for your soul.  So when you can do these kind of things you feel so strong but that it is also just a flow of grace.”

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“I have never been 3rd in anything.”

Bhauliya has just completed the 47 mile race in a time of 8:50:33

“Once I was 4th here.”

Comparing her time this year to other years she says it is her slowest time but it is the first time she has also run the marathon and this race.

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“I was kind of compelled to do both.  I never thought that I would be able to do it.  Then this year suddenly it was the thing that I was going to do, and that was it.”

“I registered for the 47 and the marathon on the same day.  (Marathon time 4:16)

“The first 47 mile race that I ever finished I was 47 years old.  I am 52 now.”

“The only that I can run is if I am in my heart.  It is the only way. Absolutely the only way.  If I am not then I can’t run.”

“After running about 26 miles then it is all joy.”

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Men’s Results

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Results women

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Ales finish

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Andreas finish

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Emily finish

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For others it was going as far as they could go.  Jadranka getting back up to run after a short break

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Mahasatya finish

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Drinking water becomes even more important

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Olaf finish

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Rasmivan finish

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Smarana

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Tatiana finish

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Jwalanta getting some encouragement from his sister Tirtha

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Running the race for the first time

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An offering of absolute gratitude.

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What else is magic
If not our gratitude-offering
To God?

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