May 9, 2016 Live from the road

Lake Providence, Louisiana - Clarksdale, Mississippi

Reported by Tavishi Matthews 74.0 mi

The mens team started running at 7am today from Lake Providence. This photo shows Arpan from New York.

Our Mongolian volunteer, Sarankhuu.

Enormous corn fields could be seen from both sides of the road.

Puroga from Hungary.

Puroga with Salil, the Executive Director of the Peace Run.

At 9am a Peace Run ceremony was held at the GC Johns Elementary School in Eudora. The Principal, Mr James Maiden, graciously welcomed the team.

After the introductions, children at the school were invited to play a guessing game. If they correctly guessed the countries of all of the team members, then the team would sing them a song. Otherwise the children would have to sing the Peace Run team a song.

The children correctly guessed all of the countries.

The Peace Runners acted out peaceful and not-so-peaceful behaviour in a series of short skits.

The school was presented with a Certificate of Appreciation as well as artwork by Peace Run founder Sri Chinmoy.

Staff and students enthusiastically held the Peace Torch.

Thank you to everyone at GC Johns Elementary School.

Natabara preparing for the afternoon's running...

Thank you GC Johns Elementary School.

Saranyu from Australia.

Akbota from Kazakhstan.

Tavishi from Australia.

Zuzana from Czech Republic.

Homagni (left) from Australia with a local well-wisher.

Pierre from France (left) sharing the Torch with a passer-by.

More Peace Run supporters.

Jonathon Salter, fellow traveller, was particularly happy to have bumped into the Peace Run team and held the Peace Torch.

At lunch time the team was met by the Mayor of Greenville, Mr Errick Simmons, seen here running enthusiastically with the Peace Torch.

In front of City Hall, Mayor Simmons formally welcomed the team. He spoke about the non-discrimination initiatives that have come out of Greenville and went on to talk about the Peace Run. "It's amazing what this Run symbolizes to the world", he said. "You have people in your team from Hungary and Australia and Czech Repulic and so many other countries. When you look at a map of the world you see boundaries. What this Run is doing is eliminating, evaporating those boundaries. It's fantastic!".

The team thanked the Mayor for his kind words and presented him with a Certificate of Appreciation as well as artwork by Sri Chinmoy.

Angie Quezada from ABC 6 (WABG) interviewed Mayor Simmons as well as members of the Peace Run team.

Angie holding the Torch.

Denise Turner from WXVTFox15 also attended.

Denise holding the Torch.

Mary Alford covered the story for the Deltra Democratic Times, an online local newspaper.

Kenya Collins, the Mayor's Chief of Staff, holds the Torch.

Nikki Landrum, the Mayor's Assistant, (left) and Laterrica Johnson (right), local firefighter, pose for a photo.

The team arrives in Clarksdale.

The RV was given a much-needed wash.

Gratitude to everyone at the Hibachi Buffet at Clarksdale for generously providing the team with a most delicious evening meal.

Torch carried by
Akbota Jumabayeva (Kazakhstan), Arpan DeAngelo (United States), Natabara Rollosson (United States), Pierre Lantuas (France), Puroga Theobald (Hungary), Salil Wilson (Australia), Sarankhuu Jargal (Mongolia), Saranyu Pearson (Australia), Tavishi Matthews (Australia), Zuzana Klásková (Czech Republic).  
Akbota Jumabayeva, Pierre Lantuas, Puroga Theobald, Salil Wilson, Sarankhuu Jargal, Tavishi Matthews, Zuzana Klásková
The torch has travelled 74.0 mi from Lake Providence, Louisiana to Clarksdale, Mississippi.

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