Poland 3 June: Zywiec - Trstená

Tatra mountains

We started in beautiful rolling hills in Beskid mountains.

Our first stop was Sucha Beskidzka.

We had no police escort, so we ran like ducks one behind each other. Quack quack.

No athletic event would do without proper cheerleading. Thanks for the colourful welcome!

After running through the school building in and out we were surprised how many children were waiting for us on the other side!

Showing how relay works.

Thank you Sucha Beskidzka for this kind and heartfelt reception of the Peace Run.

Our thanks also belong to the city council for supporting this joyful event.

New cheerleading captain. But shouldn't it be a girl?

Our sporty escort showing us the right way our of the town.

Doing a welcome round around the stadium in Rabka-Zdroj.

An athletic event for local schools was just taking place there. We were invited to be part of the program for kids.

These are waiting for the fastest ones.

But even slow or injured runners are not left behind, as we just demonstrate.

The kids were very dynamic and with good heart. That's what sport does to you.

Goodbye and thank you for the heart power you have shared with us!

Now it's time to cover some distance.

Is that the right way?

The churches in this area are quite different from the ones we're used to in other countries.

I have no idea of what's going on in this picture, but it looks funny.

Is that a big lollypop?

Careful: two runners ahead. If only they knew we are sixteen.

Oldschool travelling for fit people.

The rolling hills kept rolling...

...we also kept rolling...

...but soon enough the hills started to rise as we got closer and closer...

...to Tatra mountains.

That's the town to go when you're on a diet. The sign reads "hungry place".

Orange dream team joining us for a nice run in Zakopane.

I don't know what you see, but I can clearly see a baby dragon drinking water from a seashell. Kind of makes sense, right?

Mr. Mayor of Zakopane welcomed us with a tasty candy and a broad smile on his face.

We held the ceremony inside a lecture hall.

Mr. Mayor of Zakopane.

The runner-kids sang few local songs with such power and enthusiasm it blew our caps off. Almost blew off the torch, too.

Do you see the dragon in the mountains? I was right!

If your friends help you, you can win anything. Even if it's unfair.

Enough running for today. Let the torch rest as well.

We were happy to meet you, too.

It was supposed to rain but look at this!

Local people are really big. Or perhaps we are really small.

Icecream-joy-delight.

Others prefer something more filling.

We jump across the border from Poland. Do widzenia!

And we land in Slovakia. Dobrý deň!

Say goodbye and don't cry.

"Poland — Divinity’s patience and poise,
Endurance-choice and determination-voice.
Streaming tears and unending fears no more;
A promise-blossoming heart and a golden shore.
Compassion-ocean, Holy Father, your child;
Supreme transformer of the world’s ignorance wild."

- Sri Chinmoy