128 runners celebrated a return to racing in the Sri Chinmoy cross-country run, which has been a regular feature at Centennial Park since 2008.
Runners of all ages and fitness levels enjoyed the half-marathon, 14km, 7km or 4km races on the custom-designed 7km running route on dirt tracks and grass, through beautiful groves, alongside ponds and across the fields of Centennial Park.
Founder of the race, Sri Chinmoy is a spiritual Master and teacher of meditation – an avid sprinter, decathlete and soccer player, he took up long distance running and then moved onto weightlifting when injuries curtailed his running.
For Sri Chinmoy, life is a creative expression and he and disciples established the Sri Chinmoy Marathon Team to promote physical fitness and self-transcendence as a path to integral wellbeing.
In this first event at Centennial Park since Covid-19 hit, it was wonderful to welcome runners to the Sri Chinmoy race which has always highlighted how physical fitness can bring about wellbeing, personal fulfilment and resilience, especially in times of change.
The race was held under strict Covid safety regulations which included staggered starts which enabled no more than 20 runners at each start, runners using timing chips, no drink stations and awards presented online.
Events provide important benefits for physical and mental health, promoting social engagement and community. Centennial Parklands is working with event organisers to plan for further events delivered within strict Covid-safe guidelines.
The run takes place every April and October, to enter the next one go to https://au.srichinmoyraces.org/sydneyraces