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5K global series aims to inspire 'Oneness and Peace'

The current coronavirus situation and the postponement and cancellation of spring running events has led to the emergence of numerous virtual race options. One interesting format is Sri Chinmoy Oneness-World virtual 5K series.

The series was launched after the postponement of Sri Chinmoy Marathon Team's regular summer race series. It has a global theme and is attracting global attention.

The first virtual race was staged on Monday (20 April) and started a 6-week programme. On the next five Mondays until the end of May, you can run a virtual 5k with each race dedicated to the health and prosperity of a different continent.

Instead of their usual UK venues, which include London’s Battersea Park, Bristol’s Eastville Park or Edinburgh’s Meadows, you can take part in a virtual event in your own locality and link in with runners from around the world.

Monday's series opener saw participants signing up from Australia, New Zealand, USA, Canada, Japan, Mongolia, Brazil, and several European countries highlighting the global reach of the Sri Chinmoy Marathon Team, who organise events in many countries.

Run your own race, on a route of your own choosing adhering to local guidelines on social distancing and safety. Measure your 5K run on your own device. Participants then submit their time on Eventrac between 5pm and midnight (GMT) each Monday. You must pre-register for each race before 5pm on race day.

Monday's event was the Africa 5K. Future events are:

  • 27 April – The Americas 5K
  • 4 May – The Antarctica 5K
  • 11 May – The Asia 5K
  • 18 May – The Australia and Oceania 5K
  • 25 May – The Europe 5K

Devashishu Torpy from the London Sri Chinmoy Marathon team, who was instrumental in setting the series up commented: “This challenging period has affected the whole world and we offer these races to inspire and strengthen Oneness and Peace for all humanity.”

To enter or to find out more about the Sri Chinmoy Oneness-World virtual 5K series go to the event website.

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