Austria 31 May: Neumarkt/Steiermark - Stein an der Enns

crossing the Alps

A beautiful morning as we started our run in Styria...

...we reached the primary school in St. Marein/ Neumarkt...

...a musical welcome...

...traditional instruments...

...the mayor received the torch...

...the children built a special peace bridge without any screws or nails. Thank you Neumarkt for welcoming the Peace Run!

...not only our runners are hungry...

...we reached Teufenbach...

...the children from the primary school and the kindergarten gathered in the sport hall...

Thank you Teufenbach for the fun!

...and we reached Niederwölz...

...another lovely, small school on the country side...

...the kids showed their dynamism...

Thank you Niederwölz for the heartfelt meeting!

...scenic nature...

...Oberwölz was next...

...the students from the primary school awaited us...

Thank you Oberwölz for the friendship!

...Winklern, here we are! The kids from the primary school welcomed our runners...

...a cute improvised performance...

...shoes off for the running...

Thank you Winklern for the joy!

..welcome to St. Peter am Kammersberg!

...the students were nicely dressed in their local traditional costumes...

Thank you St. Peter am Kammersberg!

Students from the school in St. Peter am Kammersberg carried the torch all the way to the "Fachschule Schloss Feistritz"...

...the passing of the torch...

...we presented the Peace Run in the courtyard of the old castle...

Thank you "Fachschule Schloss Feistritz"!

...laundry time...

...we started our climb up the "Sölkpass", a crossing over the Alps...

...up and up...

...the last steps...

The goal is won! We crossed the Alps...

...exhausted, but happy....

...on our way down we reached "St. Nikolai im Sölktal". Although it was late in the afternoon kids from the local primary school awaited us eagerly for a run!

...we reached their school building...

Thank you "St. Nikolai im Sölktal" for this great ending of an intense day!