United States 13 July: Grand Forks, ND - Fargo, ND
Two States in a Day
North Dakota and Minnesota Oneness
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.
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.
Tavishi from Australia completed three months on the Peace Run and hopes to make it all the way back to New York in August.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.