"The World Harmony Run is all about carrying a flaming torch and passing it from hand to hand and heart to heart. By carrying the torch, you will be bridging cultural and social barriers, and all the boundaries that separate nation from nation. You will be the living proof of the ancient vision of having a beautiful and harmonious world.
"When I carried the Olympic flame to the Acropolis in 2004, I felt so much oneness with all the people of the world. Each participant in the World Harmony Run will show that the hopes and dreams of man are more enduring than his fears. And the trials on the road to world-harmony are no greater than the courage of those who accept the challenge.
"I will be enthusiastically supporting the World Harmony Run. I accept my role as a spokesperson to help encourage wide public participation and to inspire the thousands who will share in this great adventure."
-Carl Lewis, Los Angeles, 16th March 2005