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International Team to Pass Peace Torch
Students to Welcome Runners at Schools

For over 30 years the Peace Run has traversed over 160 nations on all 7 continents as a symbol of humanity’s universal aspiration for a more peaceful world.  Since the inaugural Run in 1987, more than 7 million people have participated. Commendations have come from many world figures including Pope Francis, President Nelson Mandela, Queen Elizabeth II, Saint Mother Teresa, Muhammad Ali, state governors, city mayors and celebrities around the world.

Our run is based on a simple idea - an international team of runners carries a peace torch and invites  everyone they meet to hold the torch and offer their sincere wish for a better world. The runners visit schools, youth groups and local communities and partner with them to create meaningful and memorable initiatives, that give everyone involved a feeling of hope for a better world.

Among our many initiatives, the Peace Run will plant and dedicate trees for peace in many of the cities along the route, and offering the Torch-Bearer Award to local citizens who have contributed to the well-being of their community. 

The Peace Run was inspired by visionary Sri Chinmoy to give citizens a dynamic way to express their own hopes and dreams for a more harmonious world.  An athlete, philosopher, artist, musician and poet, Sri Chinmoy dedicated his life to inspiring people to find peace within themselves.  He said, "Lasting peace must begin within the depths of the individual, and from there spread in ever-widening circles as a dynamic force for world change.”

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Peace Run Founder Sri Chinmoy holds the Peace Torch. Photo taken by Bhashwar Hart in New York, April 2005

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Peace Run spokesperson and 9-time Olympic gold medallist Carl Lewis by Thomas Lee at the opening ceremony in New York.

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Peace Run Logo (vertical)

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Peace Run Logo (horizontal)

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