Canada 10 July: Gull Lake, SK - Fort Qu'Appelle, SK

Saskatchewan Hospitality

Girls' team started really early today - we left at 6:20am to take part in a lovely yoga class at 7am in Swift Current, organized by Christine Ciona's Kiva Centre: "sacred space for personal growth and wellness"

Closing with sitting in the "energy circle" and imagining a current carrying peace, love and energy.

Then we all moved towards the Peace Pole in the Kinsmen Skate Park in Swift Current to meet more members of local community and media.

Peace Pole features word 'Peace' in many languages

Prapti's turn to introduce us

Singing Peace Run theme song...:)Don't we look like flower fairies and elves in these gorgeous flower beds?

Christine Ciona, very enthusiastic, charismatic, sincere and straightforward person, dedicates most of her life to the community service. In her words, she is a "joy guru and abundant living guide". Joy, abundance, love and light are her passion. She was surprised and deeply moved to be a recipient of The Torch-Bearer Award.

"This really means a lot to me"

Our today's yoga teacher Amanda deeply moved reflecting on the meaning of peace

The Kiva Centre for Wellbeing receiving a Certificate of Appreciation.

Prapti, our Canadian on the team is being interviewed by Carol Andrews of Southwest TVNews.

Cristine took off with us for a 4km run to the Riverside Park

to meet the children

who were really attentive

Kanala explaning the 'actions' for our World Harmony Run song

Passing the torch and wishes

Swift Current's Deputy Mayor Ron Toles's big smiles

and our appreciation

Children started to run with the torch

but then were inspired to join in the tag relay race, sprinting to win.

'All together now'

What a beautiful morning! Thank you, Swift Current.

Off to Moosejaw

we ran to take part in the Kids Day at Wakamow Park

Local cyclist ...spontaneously guided us through the town to make sure we find the park

Thanks for taking a ride for peace:)

Absolutely charming Hutterite family - they emanated so much purity, clarity, goodness and simply inner beauty. So inspiring to spend some time with them.

The torch attracted children from their multifarious activities

Running well complemented the creative face paintings

"Today is awsome" - we all agree

Queen of our hearts

Mayor Deb Higgins introduced the Peace Run

and Salil spoke to children about our team's journey

Some moms were helping little ones to guess were we were from

...aaaand Action!

One of the sound crew offers her sincere and heartfelt peace wishes.

In Regina, the Capital of Saskatchewan, Deputy Leader of the NDP Legislature, Trent Witherspoon with City Councillor Shawn Fraser and our host Jeremy MacDonald, Head of Fitness at the downtown YMCA, welcoming us to the Capital.

Shawn Fraser, Regina City Councillor offered us words of welcome and inspiration

Deputy Leader of the NDP Legislature, Trent Witherspoon shared his own words of encouragement

Trent then lead us on a 4km run through the Wascana Park, amazing but true...the biggest city park in North America.

A view from the Provincial Legislature building look out

Renae Grubb of Regina's Track and Trail Running Club organized a meeting with her team of athletes in training

The runners took a short break from their speedworkout to hold the Peace Torch

All with Saskatchewan flag

Yatkara from Ukraine and photographer extraordinaire.. finally on the other side of the camera lense!

Here's where I come from

Salil attentively listening to the sound produced by Echo tube in the science park

Mahasatya getting dizzy voluntarily

Aaaaah, I didn't know it was alive! Luckily there's a fence!!!

Arpan and The World

I am not from the zoo, I am from here

We are from all around the world, but now all in Canada

We enjoyed Rene's super enthusiastic company and then she even guided us to our dinner. Gratitude! Oh, and Rene is Regina's 'Peace Runner Ambassador' she welcomed our team of runners back in 2007

Our best meal in weeks (and we have some real good cooks on our team) was offered to us by Ethiopian family and owners of Selam Restaurant. 'Selam' means peace and we were basking in the generous hospitality of Alex, Leya and Ayni(holding torch with Alex). The vegetarian platter opened for all of us a new dimension of international feasting. Delicious, prepared and served with love, care and attention. Many many thanks for a perfect end of a perfect day!