Tip Of The Day

Build a Foundation

Add some variety to your exercise routine. Run one day and strength train the next. This will not only hold your interest in the workouts longer, but it will give your body the time it needs for recovery. Additionally, you are covering more muscle groups throughout the body and keeping the workouts motivating and different.

To build up endurance for your 5K race include some interval training as part of your regimen. Use hill sessions and up-tempo to your runs to do this. Hold a steady running pace where you do not feel like you are just about to die, but that you can keep going.

Head to the track for shorter interval runs while learning to pace yourself. Learn to conserve your energy during the first part of the race and then to let go in the second half so you can make it to the finish line of you 5K race.

Sri Chinmoy 1 & 4-Mile Race "Around the World"

Ready to run around "The World"? Then this event is for you!

Both races take place in Flushing Meadows Park on a scenic and relatively flat course that includes a gentle curve around "The World" - the iconic 140-ft tall World’s Fair Unisphere.  USATF certified course

Event details and schedule

Choose one of the following three options:

1-Mile Race: 9:30 a.m. start. An out-and-back course, the "turnaround" is a gentle 250-meter curve around the Unisphere. Course includes a small hill.  Sprinters, runners and joggers welcome! Participants must complete the mile in under 20 minutes.  View course map

4-Mile Race: 10:00 a.m. start. Two laps around a 2-mile loop, which includes the 1-mile section described above (you get to run around the Unisphere twice!), and an additonal section that touches the shores of Meadow Lake.

1+4 CHALLENGE: Run the 1-Mile Race at 9:30 am, catch your breath and rest up, then set off on the 4-Mile Race at 10am!  Competitors are eligible for awards in both the 1-mile and 4-mile races, and those with the fastest combined 1-mile and 4-mile times will receive "1+4 CHALLENGE" awards.


Free parking, bag check, aid stations every mile, medals for all finishers, free “I Ran Around the World” T-shirt, and post-race pancake breakfast!


Men’s and Women’s awards categories, for all races:

Under 50: Top 3
50-59: First place
60 and over: First place

Medals for all finishers

Awards ceremonies at 10:45 AM

Free "I Ran Around the World!" race T-Shirts for all participants registered by November 23 (Early Registration).
For participants registered after November 23, remaining T-Shirts will be available after the race on a first-come first-serve basis.
T-Shirt sizes are Unisex: X-Small, Small, Medium, Large, X-Large, 2XL


Hot pancakes are even more enjoyable when they’re earned, and we’re cooking them up fresh for everyone on race day! And yes, friends and family are welcome to dig in, too.


1-Mile: 20 minutes
4-Mile: 1 hour (minimum 15 minute/mile pace)


1-Mile: Open to ages 10 & up
4-Mile & 1+4 CHALLENGE: Open to ages 15 & up


Register Online here on this website (Processing fee applies).

1-mile: Early $20, Late $25, Race-day (IF available) $35
4-mile: Early $25, Late $30, Race-day (IF available) $40
1+4 CHALLENGE: Early $30, Late $35, Race-day (IF available) $45

Early registration: Through Friday, November 23 (online or by mail)
Late registration: Through December 7, 5PM (online only)
Race-day registration, IF AVAILABLE: 8:30 - 9:15 am on race day, except for 4-mile registration which ends at 9:30 a.m. Cash, check, money order ONLY. (Sorry, no credit cards). Please check our website on Dec 1 to see if race day registration will be offered.

Remember: Register early and save yourself a few bucks, guarantee yourself a T-shirt, and make things easier for us!

Entries cannot be transferred to another person.


Number pickup for all races will be on race day only:

1-Mile Race and 1+4 CHALLENGE: 8:30-9:15 a.m.
4-Mile Race only: 8:30-9:30 a.m..

At 1.4 square miles, Flushing Meadows is a huge park (larger than Central Park), please familiarize yourself with the map and directions before race day - whether you’re driving or taking the subway, we don’t want you to get lost! There is free parking next to the race staging area.

Will be posted on the race webpage within 24 hours.

From race directors to course monitors, all Sri Chinmoy Marathon Team races are staffed by its own volunteers since the Team’s inauguration in 1977 by its founder and fitness advocate, Sri Chinmoy.

Today, the SCMT puts on over 500 races a year in 20 countries across 5 continents, ranging from short kids fun-runs, to marathons to the world’s longest certified road race – the annual Self-Transcendence 3100 mile race (yes, 3,100 miles, it’s not a typo). We love running and putting on races – we hope you enjoy the friendly atmosphere we provide, free of commercial sponsors. Read more >>

This event is sponsored by the Sri Chinmoy Marathon Team in cooperation with the NYC Parks Dept.

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