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History of the Sri Chinmoy Marathon Team in Australia

FUN RUNS
• Races from 3km to marathon have been held since 1978 in Adelaide, Brisbane, Canberra, Geelong, Melbourne, Perth, Sydney and Wollongong.

RUNNING & FITNESS FESTIVALS
• Comprised of multiple events such as 5km run & walk, half-marathon and marathon the Running & Fitness Festivals have been held in Sydney & Melbourne.

MARATHONS
• Marathons have been held in Brisbane, Melbourne & Sydney.

ULTRA-MARATHONS
• Annual 24-hour track race in Adelaide (1981 to present)
• Occasional 24-hour & 100km events in Sydney & Canberra.

TRIATHLONS
• First ever triathlon staged in Australia, held on April 5, 1980 at Tallebudgera, Queensland (1 mile swim, 27 mile cycle, 10 mile run).
• Triathlons and Biathlons have been held Adelaide (SA), Canberra (ACT), Queenscliff (Vic), Tallebudgera (Qld), Sydney & Wollongong (NSW).

RELAYS
• United Nation Day Run from Canberra to Sydney, October 1977.
• Bicycle Relay from Melbourne and Brisbane to Canberra, 1979.
• Worldwide relay runs in '87, '89, '91, '93, '95, '97 and '99.

CONTRIBUTIONS TO THE RUNNING COMMUNITY
• Two national running magazines inaugurated in 1985.
• 10km Sri Chinmoy Running Trail around Lake Burley Griffin, Canberra, established in 1984.
• Sri Chinmoy Marathon Team members on the organising committee for the Commonwealth Games Marathon and 30km road walk, Brisbane 1984.
• Sri Chinmoy Marathon Team members were on the Sunstate Fun Run Advisory Committee, Queensland.
• Running and meditation symposia around Australia.

RECOGNITION FROM THE RUNNING COMMUNITY
• Australian Runner magazine presented a special award to Sri Chinmoy for his contribution to the growth of running in Australia and the conduct of races, September 11, 1984.
• Sri Chinmoy opened the VII World Veterans' Games in Melbourne with a meditation. His song was accepted as the official anthem of the Games and was performed at the opening ceremony on November 29, 1987.