Sri Chinmoy founded the international Sri Chinmoy Marathon Team
(SCMT) in 1976 to promote sporting events as a practical path
to personal improvement through self-transcendence. The SCMT
holds over 1,000 athletic events worldwide annually, including
fun runs, marathons, ultra-marathons, triathlons, masters
track and field competitions, cycle races and endurance
swims. Members of the Team are keen sports participants
as well as respected race organisers.
Innovation From its inception, the SCMT has been instrumental in setting new standards in fun runs, triathlons and ultra-marathons. In 1980 the first invitational triathlon in Australia was held on the Gold Coast and in 1981 the first public triathlon in Australia was held in Adelaide.
Self-Transcendence The spirit of self-transcendence is predominant in the ultra-marathons that the Team is famous for, including Australia's 24-Hour Championships held each year in Adelaide; and the world's longest foot-races annual 700, 1000, 1300 and 3100 mile races in New York. Numerous world records, particularly in ultra-distance running, have been set in SCMT events. The Team also stages one of the Southern Hemisphere's largest participation triathlons – the Sri Chinmoy Triathlon Festival in Canberra.
Contributions to Sport The SCMT has served the running community in Australia since 1978. In 1982, the Team was invited to add their expertise to the staging of the Commonwealth Games Marathon and Road Walk in Brisbane.
The SCMT is internationally recognised for the high standard of organisation of each event, and particularly for the support for athletes. On average, there is at least one major SCMT event held every month around Australia. SCMT is based in Adelaide, Brisbane, Canberra, Geelong, Melbourne, Perth and Sydney.