United States 26 June: Helena,MT - Lenep, MT

Friendships in Helena and Townsend

We are very happy and grateful that we were offered two very nice rooms for the men's team last night at the Holiday Inn Express in Helena.

We were on the road caryying the Peace Torch early today as we had a 90 mile day of running to cover.

The scenic hilss and pastures offered an inspiring landscape which energized us to run all of our miles.

The train lines out here in the wide open spaces also offered some entertainment as the engines would pull over 100 train cars at a time.

In the morning the teams that were not running yet were able to visit the Central-Linc School Montessori Camp in Helena.

Moni, our events coordinator herer in Montana, has scheduled some very nice meetings for us this week, including this wonderful school.

Our team made our presentation as usual with the children guessing our countries and finding them on the large map of the world.

The children always love to sing along with us with the actions to one of our songs composed by Sri Chinmoy, Founder of the Peace Run.

Finding peace and joy in the heart in silence is always a good way to start the day.

The children always get a chance to pass the Torch among themselves and think of peace or some other kic quality to pass along to others.

Tony Napoletano, one of the teachers here was also quite willing and happy to pass the Torch and offer his goodwill.

The final event is usually the most fun for the children as they run around the playground following and carrying the Peace Torch.

'We are the world, we are the children, we are the ones to make a better day so let's start giving' as the famous song says. We are grateful to Tiffany Lyden. Libby Kenney and Tony Napoletano for organizing the children to help us spread a little more peace in this beautiful state of Montana.

The local NBC affiliate came to cover the story and interview our Executive Director, Salil Wilson, who just flew into town last night. We are happy to have him out here with us on the road again as this is where his heart is. He is the 'main man' who helps make all of our experiences here possible, with 'a little help from his friends.'

We always meet locals who just happen to pass by and offer their enthusiasm and goodwill.A local peace lover and her peace loving dog share the Torch.

Pujari ran into some a very nice family to share the Torch with as well.

Further down the road our morning running team met up with a group of high school runners and their coach, Brook Dolan.

They carried the Peace Torch with us for almost four miles into their town of Townsend, Montana.

Most of the run was along a trail going into town along the main highway.

Stoppinig along the way for some water and a Torch refill.

All the runners and a chance to carry the Torch and did so happily and enthusiastically.

We finally made it into town where we had a small ceremony in front of the local county Courthouse.

The Townsend High School cross-country running team with Coach Brooke Dolan and some of our team members.

After the exciting run into Townsend we had to keep running out of town towrda our accommodations in the wildreness. Salil and his team carry the Torch to our final destination.

It was a scenic and hilly course with wide open spaces, pastures and farms.

Kshema, from the women's team also puts in her miles towrds our goal of the day.

Nayaja from Italy enjoys her surroundings during her scenic run in central Montana.

Mananya from Boston does her miles on a long and lonely road dotted with green fields and rolling hills.

Shopping for dinner for eleven hungry runners can be a tiresome chore.

Atul from India looks relaxed and content even in this so called 'primitive' campground.

Our local coordinator, Moni, is a happy camper today.

On a chilly and windy evening a little indoor entertainment in the RV is fitting.

A warm campfire is also appropriate in this chilly, open countryside.

The near full moon and the sunset sky opposite it was a spectacular sight among the beautiful panorama here in Martinsdale.

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