United States 2 July: Hettinger, ND - McLaughlin, SD

Finding New Friends

Thank you to the Tip Top Motel for kindly and self-givingly hosting the Peace Run Team!

This morning, Sidra and her mother, Melissa, from Hettinger ran with the women's team.

A moment of silence before the start.

Sidra is an excellent runner. She covered eight miles with the torch. Thanks so much for running and sharing your joy with us.

Melissa came in her car to support the runners.

We were delighted to present Sidra with the Torch-Bearer Award! Thank you for your openess, eagerness and enthusiasm. You made our day and it was a real joy!

Putu gives out a brochure of the US Peace Run.

In the town of Lemmon, South Dakota, reporter LaQuita Shockley from the Dakota Herald met with the runners.

The ever youthful Arpan Francesco Stefano DeAngelo.

The United States is a very big and beautiful country. And we love it!

There's nothing like starting your day with a run!

This is Jacob from Chicago who is riding his bike from Portland, Maine to Astoria, Oregon. He rides about 80 miles a day on this monumentous journey. Thanks for stopping and holding the Peace Torch.

Our three running teams had a Selfie-Competition. They had to be creative and take a selfie that had all the runners in that team in it. Here are the results: Team A.

Team B

Team C. Please let us know which one is your favorite!!

This little guy, chilling on a fence post, cheered us on!

Lois and her daughter MacKenzie from the Corson/Sioux News-Messenger gave us a tour of the McLaughlin fire station.

MacKenzie is the youngest fire fighter in the county and co-editor of the News-Messenger.

Tonight we stayed at the Moo Dairy Ranch. The owners Charlotte and Donny were so nice to talk to and their 800 acres a piece of paradise on earth.

The runners have a lot of international culinary talent. This evening the women's outdid themselves!

We also had an authentic South Dakota experience with a tornado that was gusting through the area. Up at 4 am and ready to go to the cellar for shelter, fortunately the storm blew away from the Moo Dairy Ranch. The black sky, gusting winds and lightning were kind of cool to watch though, and gave a sense of nature's enormous power.

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