Press Release Ireland 2020
Virtual Peace Run 2020
The World Joins Ireland Running for Peace!
On Thursday, 16th of July the Virtual Peace Run arrives in Ireland. Over four days the International Peace Run Team will collectively cover the distance equivalent to our original route from Belfast to Dublin. A team of more than 12 runners from every corner of the globe will be running the Virtual Peace Run from their respective countires.
Everyone is welcome to participate and make a wish for peace!
In the spirit of Peace and Friendship we invite all, young and old, to join the Peace Run in running few kilometers. To do so we are a hosting 5km Virtual Peace Run that can be run anytime from the 16th - 19th of July. All details on the following link.
The Sri Chinmoy Oneness-Home Peace Run was founded in 1987 and visited Ireland many times. Over the past three decades it has been carrying a flaming torch as a symbol of Peace around the globe, connecting people from all nations and vocations.
On March 1st this year, the President of Portugal, the honourable Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa, opened the 2020 European Peace Run at the Presidential Palace in Lisbon. He lit the Peace torch, handed it to a team of international runners, and sent them on a seven-month journey to run through 36 countries in Europe. After two weeks of running through Portugal and Spain, the run came to a halt due to the current worldwide pandemic.
On 27th April, the Peace Run began again in Sarajevo. But now it is a Virtual Peace Run. Each week, a new team of runners, each runner from a different country, run in their local neighbourhood observing government regulations and guidelines on safety and social distancing. The combined kilometres of each runner propel the virtual Peace torch forward along a route through Europe. The virtual Peace Run will pass through all European countries, finishing in Prague on Sunday October 4th, 2020.
The international team are joined by runners from the country they are virtually running through. Everybody is invited to run a few metres or kilometres with the Peace torch virtually.
The simple aim of this non-profit event is to foster goodwill among people of all nations. It is organised and financed entirely by local volunteers. By running with the torch, physically or virtually, runners express their hopes and dreams for a world of peace.
The torch has been held by many prominent people such as Pope Francis, Pope John Paul II, Mother Teresa, Nelson Mandela, Archbishop Desmond Tutu, Bill Clinton, Mikhail Gorbachev and sports personalities such as Muhammad Ali and Carl Lewis. In Ireland, Sonia O’Sullivan, Catriona McKiernan and Bernard Dunne have held the Peace Torch. Presidents Mary McAleese and Mary Robinson have also welcomed previous Peace Run teams.
Sri Chinmoy, the founder of the Peace Run wrote:
Peace does not mean the absence of war.
Peace means the presence of harmony,
Love, oneness and satisfaction.
Peace means a flood of love
In the world-family.
Previous print Coverage
The Run has also received extensive print coverage:
- Transcript of Gerry Ryan interview.....
- Transcript of Newstalk interview with Sean Moncreiff...
- The Run was given extensive coverage by the regional press over the years - for example, from the 2005 Run we have a downloadable pdf compilation of press cuttings...