Canada 29 June: Keremeos, BC - Vernon, BC

Three amigos

We started running after a wonderful night at the Grist Mill and Gardens campground in Keremeos. Many thanks for having us!

It is a historical site valued in the community and the little brook running by the tents provided the runners with a long awaited swim.

The boys started the journey northward toward Kaleden.

We met a local journalist.

Josef, a great running instructor, is experimenting with barefoot running.

We felt like stars for a moment.

The local school of Kalenden had gathered to meet the runners on their way.

In Kalenden we met Pastor Les Clark and presented him the Torch Bearer Award. He is doing a wonderful service in the community and also helps farmers in Mexico where he is building homes for farm worker families.

Don Diego came with his delightful songs for this occasion. He spoke of Canada, United States and Mexico as three amigos; three friends.

The gratitude expressed by the community members toward Pastor Les Clark for his work was really heartfelt.

We spent the day running along the many lakes in the area. Needless to say we had a few swims too.

Harita gave her first Canadian interview.

Yatkara, our local organizer, photgrapher, and runner is really doing a great job.

Later we reached the city of Penticton where Mayor Jakubeit made a peace proclamation.

It's one of the two cities in the world bordered by two lakes.

The Mayor is handing the torch to a local runner.

And she proved to be more than fit for the challenge.

The sun was backing in Canada today like nowhere else since the beginning in New York.

The RV always attracts a lot of attention and it's a great way to start a conversation.

We then stopped by the Peace Tree in Okanagan Falls where Janet Black showed us the artwork and messenges of local children on the theme of peace.

Here is the plaque installed in 2014 at the base of the peace tree.

Either Josef is missing work at home or he is exibiting his childlike qualities.

Probably the second...

Councillor Doug Holmes welcomed us in Summerland by actually running with us with other local runners.

Mike Braid

Pujari proved a stunning spokesman for the Peace Run and mesmerized his captive audience.