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Contact: Prakhara Harter (404) 275-1612

World’s Longest Relay expresses Humanity’s Yearning for Peace

The Sri Chinmoy Oneness-Home Peace Run is an international torch relay that was founded by Sri Chinmoy in 1987. For more than 30 years the Peace Torch has traversed over 150 nations throughout the Americas, Europe, Asia, Africa and Australia as a symbol of humanity’s universal aspiration for a more peaceful world. The torch has been held by more than 7 million people.

Every other year an estimated 50,000 children in over 1,000 cities and towns on the North American route participate when the Peace Run ( ) visits schools, youth organizations and community events. Runners offer educational presentations that promote self-esteem and the oneness of humanity.

The North American relay begins from New York City mid-April passing the Torch along the over 11,000-mile route. The continuous relay links Mexico, Canada and the US during its 4-month journey before arriving back in New York mid-August. A European relay starting in February and finishing in October will cover some 16,000 miles.

Commendations have come from many world figures including Pope Francis, President Nelson Mandela, President Mikhail Gorbachev, Mother Teresa, state governors, city mayors and celebrities across the world.

Carl Lewis, 9-time Olympic Gold-medalist, said, "By carrying the Torch, you will be bridging cultural and social barriers, and all the boundaries that separate nation from nation. You will be the living proof of the ancient vision of having a beautiful and harmonious world."

The Peace Run was inspired by the visionary Sri Chinmoy as a way to give citizens a dynamic way to express their own hopes and dreams for a more harmonious world. An athlete, philosopher, artist, musician and poet, Sri Chinmoy dedicated his life to advancing the ideals of world harmony and said, "How can we have peace? Not by talking about peace, but by walking along the road of peace."

Contact: Prakhara Harter 404-275-1612

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Peace Run Founder Sri Chinmoy holds the Peace Torch. Photo taken by Bhashwar Hart in New York, April 2005



Peace Run spokesperson and 9-time Olympic gold medallist Carl Lewis by Thomas Lee at the opening ceremony in New York.



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