About our members
Suprabha is the first woman ever to have completed the world's longest race, the 3100 Mile Self-Transcendence Race, and one of only two to have finished the race 13 times. Between the years of running the race, and the 2700 mile race that served as its precursor, she has clocked up a total of over forty thousand miles. She is also the former world 1000 Mile women's record holder.
The 'Flying Finn' from Helsinki has won the epic 3100 Mile Self-Transcendence Race eight times - more than any other person. His best time of 40 days and 9 hours set in 2015 is the fastest in the history of the race. Asprihanal works as a courier in his home city of Helsinki, which he manages to combine with his training, running all over the city in the early hours of the morning!
Ashrita started breaking Guinness world records in 1978 and currently holds over 100 records - the only person in history to achieve this feat. Many of his records are in unusual disciplines, but nonetheless are great feats of concentration and dexterity - his records include running the fastest mile whilst bouncing three balls on the ground, the fastest five miles on stilts, and the most deep knee bends performed on top of a Swiss balancing ball!
From Melbourne, Australia, Dipali Cunningham is one of the outstanding women's ultrarunners of all time. She has won every edition of the women's Six-Day Self-Transcendence Race in New York, and in 2009 she set a new women's world road record of 513 miles at the age of 53.
Tejvan Pettinger is a UK amateur cyclist, who rides for Sri Chinmoy Cycling Team. He won the UK national hill climb championship in 2013, and is known as a hill climb specialist after winning over 60 hill climb events within five years. He has also finished 2nd in the UK national 12 hour time trial championship (284 miles), and 3rd place in 2014 National 100 mile TT.
Vajin has represented New Zealand in the 2011 Mountain & Ultra-Distance Commonwealth Championships. He finished 8th in the 55 Km trail race. In 2010, he won New Zealand's 60km Kepler Challenge Mountain Run at his first attempt. In 2016, he won the Swiss Alpine Challenge (see: article)
Vasanti Niemz was the first member of the Sri Chinmoy Marathon Team to swim the English Channel in 1985; 25 years later in 2010, she completed a 'channel triathlon', swimming, biking and running from Dover to her home town of Heidelberg, Germany.
Founder and organisers
More member stories
Sri Chinmoy, Marathon Team founder
Sri Chinmoy founded the Sri Chinmoy Marathon Team in 1977 and oversaw its growth into the world's largest organiser of endurance events. In the beginning years Sri Chinmoy was a frequent participant in the marathons and ultraraces organised by the Marathon Team.
Rupantar La Russo, race director
Rupantar began serving the Sri Chinmoy Marathon Team (SCMT) in 1985 at the inaugural 1000 mile Race. In 1991 Sri Chinmoy appointed Rupantar to oversee the global Marathon team’s activities as well as directing all races and other sporting events in the New York area.