Sri Chinmoy Ultras 2022 - 6 Hour Race
Come join us at the lush landscape of the Asticou Centre for the 6-Hour race!
About the event
After three long years, the Sri Chinmoy Ultras team is proud to be organizing an in-person race. We are thrilled to host a 6-hour race on Saturday July 23rd at Asticou.
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2020 was the 39th Annual 24 Hour Race, the 11th Annual 12 Hour Race, 12th Annual 6 Hour Race and the 5th Annual 50k, 50m, 100k and 100mi
- 9:00 AM
- $70 until July 13th
- $90 on or after July 14th
Who We Are
Sri Chinmoy Ultras Ottawa
Sri Chinmoy (https://www.srichinmoy.org founded the Sri Chinmoy Marathon Team in 1977 as a service to the running community and to help promote spiritual growth through sports. In 1980, one Ottawa runner was invited to participate in the first 24 Hour Race organized by the New York Marathon Team. Six runners were registered, three men and three women. After the Race, Sri Chinmoy asked him to start such a Race in Ottawa. In 1981, the Ottawa Self-Transcendence 24 Hour Race began. This Ultramarathon Race, organised by the Sri Chinmoy Marathon Team, has been going on every year since. It is the longest-running 24 Hour Race and oldest timed Ultra Race worldwide. On several occasions, it has hosted the Canadian National 24 Hour Championship.
Since 2009, it has included a 6 Hour and a 12 Hour Race as part of the Event now called Sri Chinmoy Ultras Ottawa.
The Race has been held on various 400 meter Tracks in Canada’s Capital City, Ottawa. Since 2017, it is presented at the Asticou Centre in Gatineau, Quebec, on a 1.8 km Loop.
The Race is part of the ACU (Association of Canadian Ultramarathoners) Series as well as the OUTRace (Ontario Ultra and Trail Race Series) and is IAU Bronze Certified.
For the past 35+ years, the oldest timed Ultra Race worldwide has witnessed many amazing performances. These include Sy Mah, Michel Careau and Hans Maier, three ultra-distance runners, who have given permanent Trophies to the Race for various outstanding performances.
The male Course Record of 242.919 km is held by Peter Holubar (1990) and the female Course Record of 214.487 km is held by Jamie Donaldson (2009).
The 24-Hour Race has witnessed amazing performances from renowned international ultra runners like Yiannis Kouros (2009) and Jamie Donaldson (2009) 214.487 km. Dipali Cunningham (Australia) set two Canadian Open Records by a non-Canadian for Women 50-55 for the 24 Hour (190.075 km) and the 12 Hour (110 km). Jon Olsen ran 100 miles (2013) in 11:59.28, setting a new American 100 mile Track Record and a new North American Record.
Amongst the 600+ runners who have registered for this Race many have impressive Records, including exemplary Jess Heroux, who completed 537 marathons and ultras since he started at age 45 after a major stroke; legendary Wally Herman, who retired at age 91 after forty years and more than 730 races in 99 countries (www.countrymarathonclub.com); Paul Smith who ran the Ottawa 24 Hour Race 28 times; Joe Cleary; Kimberley Van Delst and hundreds of others.
Amongst the family endeavours, we note: Ronald Gehl, a 25 time runner and family members Julie and Terry Gehl along with Laurie and Theresa McGrath; Hans Maier, now 80+ with 25 registrations for this Race along with his two grandsons. Erlinda Biondic 77, who started her interest in running by assisting her husband, took over the ultra distance flag in 2015 and established three IAU Records (see attached photo).
In the early years of the "running boom", Events like this established standards and levels of service to participants that have now become commonplace in the ultra-running community: regular drink stations, healthy food both during and post-race, as well as prizes to all age groups. Inspired by visionary Sri Chinmoy, the Sri Chinmoy Marathon Team with more than 500 races annually, has set the stage for ultra distance running for the past forty years.
- 2017: http://trekandrun.com/ or the direct link: http://bit.ly/tr-autumn2017 page 86
- 2016: Video by Jeff Rowthorn of Get Out There Magazine: https://getouttheremag.com/races/4444/sri-chimnoy-ottawa-6-12-24-hour-race-video
- 2015: Utpal’s blog: http://perfectionjourney.org/?s=24+hour+race+ottawa
ENTRY DEADLINE: Midnight on Wednesday, 20 July 2022
RACE KIT PICK-UP: Saturday July 23rd between 7:00 AM - 8:40 AM
START TIME: 9:00 a.m. July 23, 2022
ENTRY FEES -- must be at least 18yrs old
6 Hour: $70 CDN on or before July 13th; $90 CDN between July 14th to 20th. Fee includes: T-shirt, drinks, snacks and post-race meal. Cheques payable to: Sri Chinmoy Marathon Team
AWARDS & TROPHIES
6 Hour - women/men overall 1st, 2nd & 3rd
FOOD FOR FAMILY & FRIENDS
$10 each for the post-race meal paid on race day.
The following are suggested directions to Asticou from downtown Ottawa: