United States 13 July: Grand Forks, ND - Fargo, ND

Two States in a Day

North Dakota and Minnesota Oneness

The women's team had a wonderful stay at the Quality Inn of Grand Forks last night.

We are very grateful to the administration of the Quality Inn for their kindness and generosity in hosting our women's team.

The men's team was fortunate to have been hosted by the Rodeway Inn across from Quallity Inn. Helene and other employees were very kind and friendly for which we are very grateful.

Godfrey Chizengwe, the Operations Manager at Rodeway Inn, and Desk Manager, Nick ( blue shirt), were very kind and helpful in making us feel right at home.

The men's teams went running in the morning on a cloudy and windy day past flat and green fields of soy and corn as far as the eye can see.

Pierre finds an old railroad bridge to try out his balancing skills.

Jane Vignes, a local woman from Climax, Minnesota, the town where one team finished their run and the other team started, was happy to find out about the Peace Run and make a wish for peace with the torch.

Malijanga, originally from Bosnia, takes to the road on her first full day with the Peace Run.

Tavishi from Australia completed three months on the Peace Run and hopes to make it all the way back to New York in August.

Our Czech runner, Zuzanna, is back on the Peace Run for the second time this summer.

Sanaz from Iran and Germany, enjoys the cool day here along the North Dakota and Minnesota border.

Finshing in oneness.

Levi, from Climax, stopped to find out about the Peace Run from our second men's team today and kindly held the torch to offer his goodwill.

Running along Highway 75 as the farms and lush greenery seemed endless.

Arpan, from New York City, feels at home with this replica of the Statue of Liberty in Fargo, North Dakota.

In Fargo, North Dakota, an enthusiastic crowd of children were waiting to greet us at the Boys and Girls Club of the Red River Valley.

As we made our presentation to the children we had some good television news coverage.

Our ace photographer, Yatkara, tries to get the children to guess which country he is from. Someone correctly guessed Ukraine.

Yuyudhan has the children try to guess where he is from, Minneapolis, which is not too far from Fargo. We will be there soon and we are grateful to him for coming out and supporting the Peace Run in many ways.

The children played a guessing game with our Harmony cards as they try to discover the word behind the photos of children from all over the world also sharing peace torches.

Harmony says it all.

The children helped us sing the Peace Run song by Sri Chinmoy, Founder of the Peace Run.

Teaching the children one of our songs.

The children love to do the actions to the World Harmony Run song written by Sri Chinmoy.

Feeling Peace in the heart is always a rewarding exercise we do with the children.

It is certainly true that 'Great Futures Start Here' at the Boys and Girls Club.

Chetana from New York, who just arrived a few days ago, is very happy to be on the Peace Run as she offers her friendly smiles to everyone she meets along the way.

Offering our gratitude gifts to Marketing Director, Alicia, on left, and CEO Robin, with torch. We are grateful for the opportunity they gave us to share this event with the children. Their program with the kids is so important in helping to establish and maintain a peaceful community here in Fargo.

We finally went outside for a short Peace Run on the 'Peace Train', led by some of the counselors.

Finishing under the bridge as the peace train comes into the 'station'.

After the run the children get a chance to pass the torch and make a wish for peace.

Group oneness, as all hands try to reach the torch and smile for peace.

Local FOX news station KVRR did a great job in covering our event from beginning to end, including a number of interviews with some runners. The piece aired on the 9:00 pm news in the greater Fargo area.

Julie, Director of Operations at the Boys and Girls Club, with Arpan and a student who proudly holds three of our Peace Run cards. Her smile says it all, making our efforts worthwhile and very rewarding. We are so grateful to all those who made this event possible, including all the children who participated today.

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