May 10, 2015 Live from the road

Border of Helsinki - Centre of Helsinki

Reported by Jan Klaile, Lauri Tervo 20.0 km

This is our final day in Finland. Here we are planning the route...

Here we have a silent moment before starting to run...

And the running starts...

We met these nice people who held the torch...

Another torchholder...

A short break infront of the rapids..

Sakura in bloom...

Salil leading the troops...

We meet Pekka's father and his cute dogs...

Pekka hands over the torch to the former President of Finland Tarja Halonen, who is also the patron of Peace Run Finland...

President Tarja Halonen hands over the torch to her husband Pentti Arajärvi...

The team has a joyful moment with the President...

Anne Leinonen, one of the main organizers, and the President Tarja Halonen...

Ultra distance runner Pekka Aalto presents the Torch Bearer Award to President Tarja Halonen...

A warm presidential hug...

One of the main organizers, Iiris Nuuja, is presenting special editions of Jharna Kala paintings to the presidential couple. These paintings have been exhibited for example at the United Nations headquarters in New York and in the Carrousel du Louvre in Paris. The paintings have been painted by the founder of the Peace Run, Sri Chinmoy...

Pentti Arajärvi observes the Torch-Bearer award...

The professor Pentti Arajärvi was the patron of the Finnish Peace Run in 2005...

Pentti Arajärvi is also himself an excellent runner,

The presidential couple with the Peace Run team...

What about running with the torch?

And here we go!

Heartfelt gratitude to President Tarja Halonen and her husband Pentti Arajärvi for participating and giving our team a presidential support...

The team on its way to the centre of Helsinki...

Helsinki Cathedral at the Senate's Square...

These tourists from New York wanted to make a wish for Peace...

Another joyful torch-holder...

Prakash and Sital from India...

Peace wishes from Korea...

We also met people from Japan, Russia, France and many other countries...

We sing the Peace Run song to the public one final time in Finland. Gratitude to all our team-members: Salil from Australia, Chetana from USA, Josef, Daniel, Zuzana and Tanuja from the Czech Republic, Sanita from Latvia, Kamaniya from Sweden, Mukul from Israel, and Iiris, Anne, Kristiina, Jan, Andreas, Pekka and Lauri from Finland...

Time to celebrate with a delicious raw Peace Run cake made by Sanita. Looking forward to the next peace run...

Torch carried by
Andreas Riska (Finland), Anne L Leinonen (Finland), Chetana Hein (United States), Daniel Novak (Czech Republic), Iiris Nuuja (Finland), Jan Klaile (Finland), Josef Sverma (Czech Republic), Lauri Tervo (Finland), Lilu Lähdesmäki (Finland), Mukul Fishman (Israel), Pekka Aalto (Finland), Salil Wilson (Australia), Sanita Slare (Latvia), Zuzana Klaskova (Czech Republic).  
Photographers
Andreas Riska, Lilu Lähdesmäki
The torch has travelled 20.0 km from Border of Helsinki to Centre of Helsinki.

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