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Torch-Bearer Award

As we journey across the country and around the world invariably we come into contact with some remarkable people who have inspired their communities, their cities and nations through their own lives and deeds. The presence of the Peace Run and torch creates an opportunity to recognise these remarkable people.

International recipients...

Sudhahota Carl Lewis

We were honoured that international Spokesman for the Sri Chinmoy Oneness-Home Peace Run, Sudhahota Carl Lewis, was the first recipient of the Peace Run Torch-Bearer Award.

Elana Meyer

Elana Meyer is an Olympic medallist and a repeat world record holder, Elana is one of South Africa’s most loved and celebrated sporting personalities. In the highly competitive world of long-distance running, she competed at the very highest level for more than 20 years, achieving multiple national and international titles.

Meb Keflezighi

Meb Keflezighi is one of the most decorated and popular distance runners in American history.To date, he is the only athlete to have won the New York City Marathon, the Boston Marathon, and an Olympic medal.

Dr. Davidson Hepburn

Hon. Dr. Davidson Hepburn serving as the President of the 35th General Conference of UNESCO met with us in his home country of the Bahamas.

Billie Jean King

Billie Jean King is a woman whose sincerity and goodness are immediately felt by all those who have the good fortune to come into contact with her.

Archbishop Desmond Tutu

Archbishop Tutu, the Nobel Peace Laureate for 1984, sent this powerful message to the runners: "I am happy to support your Peace Run for justice, peace and reconciliation. The world must know that God wants us to live amicably as brothers and sisters, members of one family, the human family, God's family."

Hon. Xanana Gusmao, Prime Minister, Timor-Leste

His Excellency Prime Minister Xanana Gusmão was the great leader of the people of Timor Leste during their quest for independence. As military head of FALANTIL he led the resistance with boundless courage and charisma. Now as Prime Minister his all-inclusive leadership is guiding Timor Leste to new and unimaginable heights.

Hon. Mari Alkitiri, First Prime Minister, Timor-Leste

His Excellency Dr.Mari Alkatiri was the first Prime Minister Alkitiri of Timor Leste. He and a few other great national leaders started the independence movement for Timor Leste and founded FRETILIN. Through his tireless dedication, the world began to hear about the Timorese Leste people’s devastating sufferings and to take action.

Linda Tellington Jones

As an internationally respected teacher in the field of interspecies communication, with twenty books in fifteen languages about the Tellington TTouch® Method, Linda has been enhancing the lives of humans and animals globally for three decades.

Wasfia Nazreen, Bangladesh

Wasfia is an extremely dynamic and inspirational woman. From an early age she has been passionate about working for humanitarian causes. In 2011, to celebrate 40 years of Bangladeshi independence, Wasfia launched the “Bangladesh on Seven Summits” Campaign.