Malé city and SAii Lagoon…
Maafushi island - a short visit…
Meeting with the minister and Malé school visits…
Running around Male with local irunners…
Video of our wonderful experiences in the Maldives.
We were really fortunate to spend a day in SAii Lagoon Maldives. We did not plan any run here and just wanted to enjoy sun and sea and relax a little. When we arrived the torch was spotted by Thiti Thongbenjamas, the COO of Crossroads Maldives. When we told him about the Peace Run he immediately suggested we do a run there, and he invited some of the staff to join us.
The Peace Run was founded in 1987 by Sri Chinmoy - an artist, philosopher, peace lover and athlete. He felt sports was a great means in uniting people. And thanks to his vision we get to meet all these great peace lovers around the whole world!
Brinda comes from India and she works in marketing. The hotel staff consist of over 40 nationalities!
Thank you to all the runners that joined us today on such short notice! It was really nice for us to get to know you!
Certificate of appreciation for your immediate and enthusiastic participation in the Sri Chinmoy Oneness-Home Peace Run. It was a pleasure to run with you!
Our first stop was at Marine Discovery Centre. The Centre introduces marine conservation dedicated to preserving the biodiversity of the Maldives' precious ecosystem.
Group of scientists works on coral propagation and also teaching everyone how important corals are for the whole world and how we can protect them.
Next stop was at Maldives discovery centre. Here we could learn in interactive way about Maldivian life, origin, history and nature. It is certainly a unique attraction worth visiting.
Clear turquoise water all around with rich underwater life very close to the shore. Apart from many fish, big and small, we also saw a turtle.
It was time to return to Male for our last event before the torch needs to leave for Bali, Indonesia, the final country on this year's Southern Hemisphere Peace Run.
On the boat ride back we saw a rainbow. It might be a bit difficult to spot on the photo but it was there.
Unfortunately the sidewalk was closed because of repairs going on so we ran along the coastline in the other direction.
Big thank you to Rif-ath, Irunners coach, who helped coordinating our meetings with local runners. He also very kindly came to the airport to say final good bye.
Our hearts are full of joy and gratitude and overwhelmed by all the good will and good people we have met during our visit to the Maldives. It was our first time here and we loved it!