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2016 Press Release

 

Running for Peace and Harmony

   

For Immediate Release
Contact: Prakhara Harter (404) 275-1612

Team Embarks on 10,000-Mile Torch Relay

Runners to Visit Over 100 Countries Worldwide

The Sri Chinmoy Oneness-Home Peace Run, an international torch relay, will be coming to your area soon. Traveling the world to encourage goodwill, harmony and friendship at the local level relay runs have occurred in over 140 nations throughout North and South America, Europe, Asia, Africa and Australia.

An estimated 30,000 children in over 1,000 cities and towns on the North American route are expected to participate when the Peace Run (peacerun.org) visits schools and youth organizations. Runners will offer educational presentations that promote self-esteem and friendship. The team will leave from New York City mid-April passing the Torch along the over 10,000-mile route. The continuous relay will link Mexico, Canada and the US during its 4-month journey covering over 10,000 miles before arriving back in New York mid-August. The European relay started in Portugal in February and will end in Rome in October after running some 16,000 miles. Runners will also visit the South Pacific in May.

Since the inaugural Run in 1987, more than 5-million people have participated. Endorsements have come from many world figures including Pope Francis, President Nelson Mandela, President Mikhail Gorbachev, Mother Teresa, state governors and city mayors.

Carl Lewis, 9-time Olympic Gold-medalist, said, "By carrying the Torch, you will be bridging cultural and social barriers, and all the boundaries that separate nation from nation.  You will be the living proof of the ancient vision of having a beautiful and harmonious world."

The Peace Run was inspired by the visionary Sri Chinmoy as a way to give citizens a dynamic way to express their own hopes and dreams for a more peaceful and harmonious world.  An athlete, philosopher, artist, musician and poet, Sri Chinmoy dedicated his life to advancing the ideals of world harmony and said, "If we have perseverance, then that is our first step towards world harmony."

Contact: Prakhara Harter (404) 275-1612