Finland 5 May: Paltamo - Nurmes

7 great schools in one day...

Our heartfelt gratitude to Paltamo for providing us with such a beautiful accommodation and for breakfast!

On the way to the first school of the day for Team A...

A short presentation...

The children are trying to guess which contries the runners come from. Here is Salil showing that in his country, there are animals that move like this...

One student guesses right...

The children could also guess which country Sanita comes from after she was speaking her own language...

Zuzana speaks her own language...

Time to guess where the next runner comes from...

We all tried to feel peace in our hearts...

The school representative received a certificate and a World-Harmony painting...

The peace torch was passed from hand to hand...

A run around the area...

We all sang the World Harmony Run song with accompanying gestures...

Time to move on. Thank you Kontinjoen koulu!

Meanwhile Team B are warmly welcomed by Korpitien koulu in Paltamo...

Thank you so much to the school!

A huge thank you to Anu Leinonen for organising such an amazing visit for the team in Paltamo...

It was a pleasure visiting Korpitien koulu...

Some students from the school run 5 km with us...

Afterwards they have to run 5 km back to school...

The next visit is to Vuokatin koulu...

The whole school has gathered by the roadside to run in with us...

The childeren have each made a country-flag for the occasion...

It is time to guess from which country the international runners come from...

Jan hands over a World-Harmony painting to the school representative...

This is the principal Jarmo Heikkinen...

The peace torch was passed from hand to hand...

A run around the area...

High-five!

The peace torch moves on. Thank you so much Vuokatin koulu for a really great time!

Salmelan koulu was happy to receive the peace torch...

The school said that the Peace Run fits in perfectly with their educational program...

They also said that they were happy that the program was not too short...

Running around the grounds...

Thank you so much!

The land of a thousand lakes offers many scenic roads...

The peace torch on the way to Leivolan koulu...

Anne talks about the Peace Run...

Terve! ("Hi" in finnish).

The school gets a Jharna-Kala...

...and a certificate...

The finnish Angry Birds are famous all over the world...

Chocolate is fast fuel for running...

Tenetin koulu welcomes the peace torch...

Salil speaks about the Peace Run...

Happy students pass the torch around...

Anne runs a longer distance...

Salil and Daniel whizz past the pines...

Iiris leads the troop...

Girls are driving the supporting van...

The boys parade into Hyvärilän Nuorisokeskus in Nurmes...

Kristiina leads the way...

Lauri...

Zuzana...

Chetana from New York...

Daniel holding the torch...

Andreas and Josef perform a skit...

The youth leaders were radiant and bursting with positivity!

Salil receives a ukulele from the music teacher...

...and gets a lesson how to play first chords of 'Imagine' by John Lennon...

Thank you so much for such a super enthusiastic greeting!

Ultra distance runner Pekka Aalto speaks about how he manages to run the 3100 mile races...

A big thank you to Hyvärilän Nuorisokeskus and to the city of Nurmes for accommodating the Peace Runners in their well-appointed summer camp facilities. It is a perfect place for sports and orienteering!