United States 27 June: Lennep, MT - Lavina, MT

Celebrating Montana

The team woke up to a beautiful sunrise at the Martinsdale Lake.

Some members used this opportunity to invoke the peace within before the daily run.

This is called the Table Top Yoga. It is highly recommended when you are camping in the wilderness.

The beauty of nature evokes a powerful feeling of peace.

Arpan diligently uses nature as his office to write the report from the day before.

We had some surprise visit by various friendly neighbors in the morning.

These two cows did not want us to leave.

Some team members went out early morning to cover some of the first miles of the day. Pujari invokes some peace before starting his morning run.

A wide open expanse of nature accompanies the runners today.

Salil and Pujari finish their morning run into Martinsdale where we stayed overnight.

All of the teams met later in the morning at the Crazy Mountain Inn for brunch.

Salil, our Executive Director, wanted to celebrate a special Anniversary of the Founder of the Peace Run, Sri Chinmoy. He treated us to some of the delicious cuisine here.

In honor of Sri Chinmoy's weightlifting Anniversary we all shared this nice meal together. Sri Chinmoy not only promoted many sports for self-improvement but also practiced many of those sports himself, including weightlifting, when he could not run long distance anymore.

Atul monkeys around with a cute little skillful game, trying to hook together as many monkeys as possible.

The cafe was a quaint and comfortable place to spend the morning before our long day of running.

The women's team had some time to enjoy the Charles M. Blair Family Museum in Martinsdale. We are grateful to Mr. Gunnars for showing them around this wonderful museum of historical artifacts including many Native American items from the general area.

Handmade Native American moccasins.

Salil takes time to start working on the next day's schedule.

Meanwhile some of the team members prepare lunch for all the runners.

We started our run from Martinsdale and ran to Harlowtown where we had a ceremony with the children and staff of the local summer camp there. They have daily activities at the local school all during the month of June and we were fortunate to meet them on one of their last days of their camp season.

The children were very happy to join in some of our activities which included meet the runners from different countries, joining in some of our songs with actions, and sharing the Peace Torch as they ran around the playground.

Some of the children were able to find our countries on a big map of the world.

Holding their 'torches' high during one of our songs.

These two runners were demonstrating some actions which the children had to judge were peaceful or not peaceful behaviors.

Sharing the Torch as they made wishes for Peace and running with the Peace Torch are usually the most enjoyable and popular activities for young children.

Two friends making a wish for peace together.

Back on the road to run more miles in the vast and attractive landscape towards eastern Montana.

A small lake reflects the beauty of the natural and sometime rugged landscape.

The runner is sometimes dwarfed by the vastness of this beautiful state.

In the evening we stayed in the town of Roundup where we had our dinner at one of our motels.

For an amusing end of a long day we were offered a little magic trick by our Mongolian runner, Sarankhuu.

We are extremely grateful to Moni, our local coordinator who worked for many weeks to create these events and meetings here in Montana. He even came out to help us run some of our daily miles.