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Team

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Salil Wilson
Peace Run Executive Director
New York City, USA (Canberra, Australia)
I'm on the US run because I love it. I feel it is the most meaningful and significant thing I can do with my life. Life on the road, carrying a torch for peace, is a remarkably enriching and rewarding experience. Connecting with people around an ideal - a yearning for a more peaceful world - is beautiful and inspiring. It gives me life and I'm grateful.
Harita Davies
New Zealand
I am so grateful to have the opportunity to take part in the North American Peace Run! It is a wonderful opportunity for me to actively combine the aspects of life that I am most inspired about and love...running, the beauty and profundity of Creation, my hopes and dreams for Peace on Earth, and my love and belief in the inherent goodness and oneness of humanity as a whole.
Yatkara Aleksapolskyy
Vancouver, Canada
I'm originally from the Ukraine, and now living in Vancouver, BC. I had a dream to run with the Peace Run in many countries and my dream became a reality! I have been participating in Peace Run events for over 20 years. I ran in Europe, Asia, Central America and North America. I’m so happy and proud to join the Peace Run team and to run for peace and harmony.
Brahmata Caitlin Michael
Ottawa, Canada
I have been involved in The Peace Run for over a decade and I have always found it to be such a joyful and fulfilling adventure. What better way to meet countless new people and  together express our universal longing for peace in our world, in our communities and in ourselves? I look forward to meeting you on the road!
Arpan DeAngelo
New York City, USA
I am fortunate to have been involved in the World Peace Run since its inception in 1987.  Over the past 25 years I have kept participating becasue of the children who always offer us in many unique ways the joy and enthusiasm that is so needed for a harmonious world. I also look forward to joining international team members and to run with them throughout this vast and beautiful country, meeting the people and sharing the harmony that Sri Chinmoy promoted in creating this wonderful event.

Maria Manecke 
Munich, Germany
Maria Manecke serves as our chief media-liason between the U.S.A. and German Peace Run. Maria communicates all Peace Run information between the New York and Munich offices. We are happy to have her in this position since 2014

Atul
New Delhi, India
I have been a keen member of the Peace Run team since 2008. I have participated in the European, Australian and Indian sub-continent Peace Runs and travelled around 11 countries. I grew up in India and always volunteered in local of community event. I initially started running medium to long distances around 2000 in order to lose weight but it became my passion in no time. In early 2008 I also became a student of Sri Chinmoy. His inspiration behind the Peace Run (that "Peace begins with me") quickly attracted my attention and gave me an opportunity to serve the community while doing something that I love. With this inspiration I am now looking forward to be part of the Peace Run in the United Stated of America.
Saranyu
Australia
I'm very excited about participating in the 2016 US Peace Run and very much looking forward to meeting many people and seeing the cities of North America. I have been a Peace Run team member for ten years and I'm the Coordinator for the 2016 Australian Peace Run in September. It will be a big running year for me and I'm very happy to spend my time doing something so fulfilling.
Anastasiia Konova
Dnepr, Ukraine
I am from the Ukraine, my first participation in the Peace Run occurred when I was 6 years old. Since then, I was fortunate to join the Peace Run Team multiple times as I ran through many European countries. I like the Peace Run very much because it inspires and fulfills me. I enjoy running in different countries and meeting new people from all over the world. The more people and cultures I meet the more I feel that we all belong to one world family.
Nikolaus Drekonja
Salzburg, Austria
Getting together with Peace Runners to share the message of inner and outer peace and oneness is an unparalleled joy. I love it! Plus there is, of course, the adventure of traveling to and running across different countries and meeting many, many wonderful people. I feel very lucky to join the Peace Run in your country.
Akbota Jumabayeva
Astana, Kazakhstan
I am 28 years old. I have been participating in Peace Run Torch relays from the age of 12 in Russia, Kazakhstan, and Mongolia.
Sarankhuu Jargal
Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia
We all speak different languages but we have the same smiles. On the Peace Run I feel we are all one family. Meeting with school children and many, many good people inspires me to run more and more. I like to make videos about the Peace Run. When I am making videos I can see how happy people are when they hold the torch.
Banshidhar Madeiros
Hawaii, USA
I was fortunate to be a part of the very first Peace Run all around America in 1987. The experience changed my life in ways that I am still exploring. Now, 31 years later, I am eternally grateful to still be able to run in this magnificent event. The simple act of running down the highways and byways of this great land carrying the Peace Torch is a privilege that I shall value for the rest of my life!
Pavlo Mordik
Kyiv, Ukraine
I like running a lot because running gives me joy. I also enjoy traveling very much because it opens up new horizons for me. When I see new places and meet people from different corners of the globe I discover the beauty and variety I never knew before. Peace Run is a wonderful opportunity that offers both these experiences.
Anastasiya Lezhnina
Mykolaiv, Ukraine
I’m on the Peace Run because I feel it’s a privilege to serve humanity in this way. Plus it’s super fun! I enjoy meeting people form all walks of life and talk about fundamental concepts that could make our world a better place. I can’t think of a better way to spend my vacation!
Pranlobha Kalajian
Seattle, WA, USA
I have participated in the Peace Run across Asia and in the United States. I am a cook for a vegetarian restaurant. I am interested in fitness, music (piano and composition) photography, traveling and art.
Pujari Schaeffer
San Diego, USA
I started running the Peace Run in 1987 in California.  I get so much joy from the Peace Run and I have so many great memories of running through the beautiful USA.  It has helped me so much both inwardly and outwardly by keeping me active physically and also sharing, especially with children,  the message of oneness in our world family.  I am now 66 years old, but I still want to participate by joining the team and sharing the joy and dynamism that the Peace Run offers to all who participate.
Harashita Sunaoshi
Kyoto, Japan
I live in Kyoto, Japan, and have been participating in the Peace Run since 2005 and have visited Indonesia, Korea, Malaysia, Nepal, Singapore, Timor-Leste, USA, and Vietnam on the Peace Run. Now I coordinate the Asia-Pacific region. What I particularly like about the Peace Run is that we can make oneness-connections with people from all walks of life in so many cultures. As a team it is a learning experience to work together harmoniously and bring to the fore our best qualities. By visiting schools and other organisations and dignitaries, we runners find ourselves right in the heart of the country, or the community we are visiting, to experience peace and harmony together, which is extremely meaningful and fulfilling.
Kaspars Rutkis
Latvia
Peace Run means for me increasing my oneness with the world and learning how to love the world more. Previously I have run European part of Peace Run in Latvia and in some schools in New York.
Santiva Morrison
USA
My name is Santiva and I’m a yoga instructor. I’m from Lake Mary, FL and I have had the honor and privilege to be a part of the Peace Run since it’s beginning in 1987. As a teenager, I ran in my country, Mexico, and now I’m grateful to have the opportunity to serve coordinating in the USA and I’m thrilled to be able to be part of the team. I love sharing the message of peace and oneness since I feel it’s most needed around the world. If I can inspire a child in a school or a person during this journey I feel I did my job.
Nayaja Perugini
Italy
To me the Peace Run means "service-joy" and a great privilege. In the past, I couldn't take extra holidays to join the Peace Run for more than 2 or 3 days. My first opportunity to join the team for 10 days was in Portugal last year. It was a wonderful experience. Running always gives me joy.
Stacey Marsh
New Zealand
I have been part of the Peace Run for about 15 years now. Every year when I take those first few steps with the torch, I feel a renewed hope and promise for our world family. There is something so very special about the Peace Run, it is more than just running with a torch or talking to the children and people we meet along the way. It is a connecting of our shared hopes and dreams for a better world. This will be my first time running with the Peace Run in North America.
Virangini Afzal
USA
I experienced my first peace run in my home state Rhode Island 20 years ago. It's powerful message has touched many hearts. When I participated in the peace run across the globe - Mexico, Indonesia, Malta -I saw how the peace run unites people to bring forward the truth that we are one world family dreaming of peace, regardless of where we call home. Now at 66 yrs old, I am thrilled to be able to part of the US team this year.
Svetlana Perevozchikova
Russia
Peace Run is a great opportunity to feel oneness in my heart and to share the message of Peace. Since 2012 l have participated in the Peace Run in Russia. I join the team in Europe for a month in 2017. An unforgettable experience was the Peace Run in Turkey. During the meeting, one girl drew a rose and gave it to me and said that she loves me. That was such a beautiful moment.
Mananya Galante
USA
Running for peace has made an important difference in my life. There was a time when I would march on Washington to protest a war. I ended up feeling dis-empowered, like a beggar asking for a better future. What I have found in the peace run, has turned that around. With every enthusiastic step for peace and harmony, I feel I'm moving constantly, that much closer, toward the goal of personal and global peace. The peace run itself has brought me a lot of peace, joy and satisfaction and I hope it will bring the same to others along the way.