Earlier this year, Subarnamala Riedel from the Zurich Sri Chinmoy Marathon Team was interviewed, and she talked about how much joy she gets from organising ultra events for the public. In Switzerland, we have been putting on two big ultra events for over a quarter of a century - the Zurich Lake Swim and the 12- and 24-hour race in Basel. The lake swim, in which competitors swim the entire 26k distance of Lake Zurich from Rapperswil to Zurich city, has become a well known 'warm-up' event for those seeking to cross the English Channel.
Subarnamala has been practising meditation with Sri Chinmoy for almost 30 years, and sees organising these races as 'spiritual life in action'. Organising races like these offer the chance to work harmoniously as part of a large team, and there is tremendous satisfaction to be had in helping the participants achieve their best results. Seeing the determination and enthusiasm of the competitors - some of them in their 70's, 80's and 90's - also gives us tremendous inspiration to go forward with our own goals in life.