Finland 26 July: Vaasa - Tuuri
Incredible art in the heart of Finland
It is always a special event for the Peace Run team to visit a statue of Peace Run founder Sri Chinmoy. There are several statues around the world, all positioned in magnificent settings. They offer people inspiration to reflect on peace and perhaps hold the bronze peace flame that Sri Chinmoy offers here in Vaasa.
An early morning visit to the statue in Vaasa. The runners always find energy from remembering the hopeful optimism and enthusiasm that Sri Chinmoy had for humanity and for world peace.
This flourishing tree was planted by the Peace Run team on their visit to Vaasa in 2010. It joins thousands of peace trees planted all over the world. They stand as a reminder that peace is a living reality, and with just a little input by us all, will bloom and blossom eventually.
Harita taking a moment before running to offer gratitude for the amazing opportunity to run throughout the world.
We were treated to some delicious ice cream and treats as well as coffee and tea at the Gallery Cafe.
The cafe was housed in a fascinating building that contained many antique artifacts from its previous use as country barn and farmhouse.
Our next stop was a HUGE shopping center in Tuuri. We were met by local TV and our team was lead by a young Finnish moto GP champion Patrik Pulkkinen!
Iiris's cousin, Göta, Patrik's younger brother, Alex and their mother, Pia joined the team for the afternoon.
Two awesome Peace Runners!!! We were so grateful they were able to join us and were impressed with their polite and humble manner.
Martina is a real asset to our Peace Run team with her enthusiasm for every aspect of the run! Believe it or not, it's her first time as a part of the team -we hope she joins us again (and again)!
Puruvaj making sure he knows EXACTLY where he's going! Losing a runner is not an option on our team!