The first official Sri Chinmoy Marathon was held June 3 in Menlo Park and Atherton on California’s San Francisco peninsula. 

Some 180 participants completed the 26.2-mile event, which sought to raise money for UNICEF. Winner was Steven Slawson, with a time of 2:25:03. 

Indian Consul General L. L. Mehrotra, who gave Sri Chinmoy a post at the Indian consulate when the Master first arrived in America in 1964, handed out the awards. Several of Sri Chinmoy’s running songs were also performed at the awards ceremony. 

A second Sri Chinmoy Marathon is planned for the New York area in November.

Published in Anahata Nada, Volume 5, Number 5, May 1979