About the author:

Tejvan organises short-distance running and cycling races for the Sri Chinmoy Marathon Team in his home city of Oxford. He is also a very good cyclist, having won the National hill climb championships in 2013 and finished 3rd in the National 100 Mile Time Trials in 2014.

Sri Chinmoy was a pioneer of ultra-running and encouraged athletes to challenge their limitations through a philosophy of self-transcendence and going beyond the limits of mind and body. Sri Chinmoy taught that by challenging our limits, we could do something that we previously thought impossible.

To this end, ultra-running is an excellent vehicle for runners to transcend their previous limitations. Sri Chinmoy himself ran several marathons and ultra-marathons. In 1977, he founded the Sri Chinmoy Marathon Team which was a pioneer of multi-day running in the 1980s and today continues to organise The Sri Chinmoy 3100 Mile Self-Transcendence Race.

“I do not have any set goal; my goal is self-transcendence. I always try to transcend myself. I do not compete with the rest of the world. I compete only with myself, and I try to become a better human being. This is my ultimate goal.”

– Sri Chinmoy

This philosophy has inspired many athletes. Recently, Polish athlete Patryk Świętochowski won the Backyard Ultra in Malta with a final distance of  207.886 km, 31 laps. The backyard ultra is a race where competitors are to run a distance of 6,706 m (4.167 miles) in less than one hour and repeat this process until they are unable to keep it up any longer. After winning the race, the Polish runner stated that the quote of Sri Chinmoy “Determination and impossibility are never to be found together” was very apt to his experience of completing this physical challenge of the race.