United States 18 March: Los Angeles

Rotary 5K Run for Peace

We are very grateful to Wendy and other organizers of the Rotary Club 5K Run in Griffith Park, Los Angeles, California. Many Rotary Club members, including Rotary Peace Fellows, took part in today's events. The Rotary Peace Fellows are social change leaders who are chosen for their ability to have a significant positive impact on world peace.

The 5K Fun Run starts as we carried the Peace Torch with clean shirts.

This young man enjoys sharing the Peace Torch after his fun run around the park.

The Sri Chinmoy Marathon Team members get together after the colorful run. Notice the rainbow colored shirts. During the fun run some of the race helpers sprayed our shirts with colorful powder, an ancient tradition originating in India and Nepal celebrating the unique and colorful diversity of society necessary for peace and positive change.

Many groups connected to the local Rotary Clubs enjoyed the scenic course and enthusiasically shared the Peace Torch after the race.

Husbands and wives, children and parents all took part in the spirit of service and peace, two important aspects of the Rotary Club ideology.

The ethnic diversity of the participants added a wonderful sense of world-oneness to this special event.

Some shirts were quite colorful as most of the runners were the targets of the enthusiasitic helpers who offered their sponteous artwork to this event.

Someof the various Rotary Club leaders came from different localities in the Los Angeles area.

A happy family all join in on celebrating Peace today. Even the very youngest participants seemed to understand enjoy the significance of today's events.

People of all ages took part in this healthy and fun event.

Everyone wanted to have their photos taken with the Peace Torch after finishing this interesting and colorful 5K.

Another happy Rotary member who sees everything through her heart, or hearts in this case.

One of our team members from the Los Angeles area, Utpara, is happy that this event took place relatively close to home.

Salil, our Executive Director, holds the Peace Torch with the rest of our team.

Colorful customary dress from Maylasia.

Some of the post-race entertainment was quite colorful in it's own traditional ways.

Our team makes a short presentattion to the post-race crowd.

We end our presentation by singing the World Harmony Run song composed by the Founder of the Peace Run, Sri Chinmoy. We are extremely grateful to the Rotary Club for inviting us to participate in this wonderful event. Their philosophy of 'service above self' is very admirable and fits in with our efforts as well. They have been supporting research for Polio eradication for decades and their Peace Centers program develops leaders who become catalysts for peace and conflict prevention and resolution in their communities and around the globe.