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These are just a few of the highlights we have been fortunate to experience over the years....

2020

At the beginning of the year, the President of Portugal, Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa, very graciously and kindly hosted the team at the Presidential Palace to launch the European Peace Run on what was supposed to be a seven month, 18,000 km journey. (We had to stop the Run after a couple of weeks, due to the pandemic)

2019

Southern Hemisphere Peace Run - A remarkable journey encircling the globe in one continuous route. We visited all 44 countries with capitals in the Southern Hemisphere. More...

Sri Chinmoy Peace Week: A week-long cornucopia of events in Palermo, Sicily dedicated to peace: art exhibits, concerts, poetry, lectures - and of course the Peace Run linking it all together. More...

Colours of Peace: For the second time, children's drawings from around the world were exhibited in front of the Colosseum in Rome. This time, the ceremony was shared with the world through more than 700 articles in the international media. More...

2017

Colours of Peace: Peace Drawings collected by children around the world and exhibited for the public in a ring around the Colosseum in Rome. This event was organised by the Peace Run, in association with and supported by numerous Italian government agencies.

The event took place on September 21st, to coincide with United Nations International Day of Peace. In total, 7,000 peace drawings from children from 39 countries were exhibited at the Colosseum.

2016

Pope Francis blesses the Peace Torch in Rome in St. Peter's Square.

 

2014

Peace Torch presented at European Parliament, and to the President of European Parliament.

2013

On February 8 we were received by the entire leadership of Timor‐Leste, to hold the torch and dedicate a statue of Sri Chinmoy on the grounds of the national parliament.

2012

A Moment's Peace ceremony is held in London to mark the 2012 Olympics

Dr. Nebojsa Stefanovic, the Speaker of the Serbian House of Parliament, officially welcomes the European Team to National Parliament in Belgrade.

2011

President of the General Conference of UNESCO Dr. Davidson Hepburn offered a message for 25th Anniversary of the Run and a vision for the next decade 2012 to 2022 and beyond.

2010

Africa has hosted many Peace Run events over the years. Enjoy this sampling of events from Zambia in 2010.

2008

The first Torch-Bearer award was presented to nine time Olympic Gold Medalist and Peace Run spokesperson Carl Lewis. Since award has been presented to Heads of State, humanitarians, musicians and athletes - but also countless members of the community who have dedicated their lives in the service of others. Find out more about the Torch-Bearer Award ›

For the first time the Peace Torch was carried around the entire continent of Australia. The Peace Torch also visited the North Pole.

2007

Finish of seven-month European Peace Run at European Parliament in Brussels with President of European Parliament.

2006

Peace Run in Caribbean visits 11 nations, meeting 4 heads of state

2005

After a four-year hiatus Sri Chinmoy began Peace Run events, this time under the banner of the World Harmony Run. He also composed the World Harmony Run song, which we still use in our events today.

We used the World Harmony Run name up until 2013, and from then on used the original name: Sri Chinmoy Oneness-Home Peace Run.

1999

In 1999 a year long continuous relay linked 42 European countries. The core team comprised 90 runners, some of whom ran the entire year.

1998

Nelson Mandela, President of South Africa, holds the Peace Torch with founder Sri Chinmoy. To date over 55 heads of state and government have held the torch.

1996

Cosmonaut Gennady Strekalov takes the Peace Torch into space! He brought it aboard the Space Station Mir (which means peace in Russian) and presents the Peace Torch to US astronauts.

1995

Pope John Paul II received the torch from Peace Run founder Sri Chinmoy at the Vatican in Rome.

Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II used the Peace Run Torch to light the first of 1800 Beacons of Peace across Great Britain as part of the 50th V.E. Day Celebrations.

1994

Mother Teresa meets with Sri Chinmoy in Rome on October 1st and holds the Peace Torch.

1991

First ever relays linked Egypt and Isreal (1991), Egypt with Jordan and Israel (1993), Egypt with Jordan and Palestine (1995). An historic relay linked all four countries in 1999.

1989

The Peace Run visits Antarctica, which means that the Peace Torch has now been on all seven continents.

1987

On April 27th 1987 the inaugural Peace Run launch was televised live across the US and internationally on the Today Show. Clarence Clemons, Carly Simon, Narada Michael Walden joined Peace Run Founder Sri Chinmoy and hundreds of excited spectators to take the first steps for peace at the World Trade Center in downtown New York. Enjoy this video which traces the development of the Run over the years.

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