July 10, 2016 Live from the road

Portage La Prairie, MB - St François Xavier, MB

Reported by Pavaka Ritchot, Pierre Lantuas 65.0 km

This morning we woke up at the Riding Mountain National Park which sponsored us for the campsites right next to wonderful Clear Lake. Many Thanks!

We first met the Mayor of Portage La Prairie Irvine Ferris.

Irvine surprised us he actually knew a lot about the Peace Run, and was also very knowledgable about his city.

We got some new caps.

SIc Itur Ad Astra is the moto of the city and it means "to the stars".

A few local runners joined us on our first miles of the day.

Even the Mayor set up the pace as we departed from the city hall.

And then the road beckoned! Time to work on our running style!

We had some unexpected meetings.

Pavaka's parents, Norbert and Suzanne Ritchot, followed us and provided us with some great food and assistance today.

For a moment we thought we could switch vehicles.

And since the road was so appealing Puroga our Hungarian runner decided to go for a 20 miles run through Manitoba.

Even Pavaka's father ran for a leg with the team.

Kylie drove up to the running team on her ATV to find out about the Peace Run.

Arpan and Pavaka tried out Kylie's ride.

And another local resident's cool ride (and lawn mower).

Pavaka also ran his personal longest run this year, 11 miles! Chapeau!

We ended the run today in St François Xavier where the Reeve Dwayne Clark welcomed us with his daughter Hilary who happens to be a very promissing sprinter.

Kylie (from the ATV earlier) and her mother Donna came to see our ceremony with the Reeve.

Arpan presents a certificate of appreciation to Dwayne and Hilary.

Everyone proceeded to do a short peace walk around the park.

We had to stop at the famous White Horse statue. According to the first nation's legend this white horse is said to be roaming in the prairies in rememberance of unsuccessful romance.

And to conclude the day we decided to look nice before reaching the great Winnipeg.

Torch carried by
Arpan DeAngelo (United States), Brahmata Michael (Canada), Pavaka Ritchot (Canada), Pierre Lantuas (France), Purnakama Rajna (Canada), Puroga Theobald (Hungary), Sanaz Datubar (Iran), Tavishi Matthews (Australia), Yatkara Aleksapolskyy (Canada), Zuzana Klásková (Czech Republic).  
Yatkara Aleksapolskyy
The torch has travelled 65.0 km from Portage La Prairie, MB to St François Xavier, MB.

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