अक्टुवर 7, 2023 Live from the road

Varaždin - Mursko Središće

Reported by Gordana Petrovčić 27.0 km

The beginning of the day welcomed us with a beautiful sunny wether!

Thank you for joining us AK VAraždin! Our dear friend Josip Lacković, President of AK Varaždin.

Additional Croatian Peace Run forces, Dubravka and Mirela joined the team with a big smiles.

It's important to be called Dražen! :) Croatian Peace Run veteran Dražen Vassung greets Dražen Cesar, Head of the Department for Sports and Recreation in Varaždin, who helped organize our first meeting today.

Krunoslav Borovec longtime friend of Peace Run holds the torch.

Dejan(first from the left side) wears T-shirt from first Europian Peace Run 1987.

It was the last and easy day on the Peace Run, with not so many meetings so we had time to enjoy friendship and running at an easy pace with our friends from the Athletic Club Varaždin and the Running Club SRD 315 SJEVEROZAPAD.

Deputy Mayor of Varaždin, Miroslav Marković led us to Peace Bloossom plague...

Sun was following us all day...

A short presentation of The Peace Run.

We are happy and grateful that Varaždin is dedicated as a Sri Chinmoy Peace City! In so doing, Varaždin joins the international family of Sri Chinmoy Peace-Blossoms, significant and inspiring lanmarks, cities and countries, whose purpose is to inspire the citizens of the world with the ideal of peace.

Country guessing game is always funny!

Thank you all for a beautiful meeting!

It was time to continue running.

Our friends, local athletes took us for run trough the city

The fort called the Old Town is the most important Gothic-Renaissance complex of monuments in Varaždin, builted between 14th and 17th century.

Boys got some presents from local athlets. :)

We presented them with country cards.

It was time to say goodbye to our friends. Thank you for running with us! We really enjoyed your friendship and hospitality! We hope to see you again soon!

...back in the countryside...

Today we didn't have to cover a long distance, so we could enjoy running together as a team.

We had a brief stop and small and sweet meeting with local kids!

We picked up country cards to see what is our fate! Seems that we will travel Europe. :)

Special Thanks to our executive director of Sri Chinmoy Oneness-Home Peace Run for many years of suport of Croatian Peace Run.

Our team arrived to the border with Slovenia

The Mayor of Mursko Središće Dražen Srpak with local kids waited us near Croatian-Slovenian border.

The Mayor is a sportman himself. We continue running together towards bridge which connects two countries, Croatia and Slovenia.

Mayor of Lendava Janez Magyar holding the Torch and leading group of our Slovenian friends.

Today this bridge is officially dedicated to the goals of peace and goodwill amongst people and nations. It became a part of Sri Chinmoy International Peace-Blossoms family. This Sri Chinmoy Peace Bridge joins over 900 such sites dedicated to peace worldwide, including bridges, gardens, trees and trails.

Mayors together...

Three friends together.

World friends together! It was difficult to get everyone on the group picture. Luckily they all fit in our heart!

Salil Wilson, executive director of Sri Chinmoy Oneness-Home Peace Run introdused Peace Run!

The Mayor of Lendava welcomed our team and sharing kind words.

The Mayor of Mursko Središće gave the speach about history of this bridge! Bridge was destroyed a few times. But not for a long time. Goodness winns!

Time for everyone to hold the torch!

The Torch went from hand to hand...

...from group to group...

...and from heart to heart...

Our final group photo of Croatian Peace Run 2023. Many thanks to everyone for wonderful time, friendship and all joy! Hope we see you next year again!

"Our heart's oneness is indeed a peace-bridge-builder!"- Sri Chinmoy :)

Torch carried by
Angikar Djordjevic (Serbia), Dejan Šišić (Croatia), Dimitar Petrovski (North Macedonia), Drazen Vassung (Croatia), Dubravka Radić (Croatia), Edgars Ancans (Latvia), Emanuels Putans (Latvia), Eniko Soron (Hungary), Gianluca Marangon (Croatia), Gordana Petrovčić (Croatia), Ilija Djordjevic Arsic (Serbia), Mirela Vassung (Croatia), Narmadyuti Ridzi (Slovenia), Purupriya Dolinar (Slovenia), Rachel Pina (Portugal), Raktima Takacs (Hungary), Salil Wilson (Australia), Sumeru Scheucher (Austria).  
Photographers
Gianluca Marangon, Gordana Petrovčić, Salil Wilson
The torch has travelled 27.0 km from Varaždin to Mursko Središće.

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