May 20, 2016 Live from the road

Stroud, Oklahoma - Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

Reported by Tavishi Matthews 63.0 mi

The day began with us presenting a Certificate of Appreciation to the Oklahoma City Hilton Garden Inn. We are extremely grateful to the hotel for so kindly hosting the womens running team for the previous night.

The first morning ceremony was in the City of Stroud.

Mayor Debbie Garrett and City Manager Jim Schook both held the Peace Torch. Mayor Garrett warmly wecomed the team. She said that she appreciated the Peace Run passing through Stroud and wished us all the best for the remainder of the Run.

Rick Craig, Stroud local, with Jim Schook.

Rick's shirt.

Kim Wheeler held the Torch in front of the team RV. Kim works at the Stroud Bank, and said that he had been looking forward to the team's arrival.

Bryan Dervin, Stroud local, said: "What you guys are doing is really unique. It's a neat thing and I really appreciate it."

Mike Brown, who publishes the "Stroud American" newspaper, attended the Ceremony and wished the team well.

It was this particular cafe in Stroud that inspired the movie "Cars"!

Team members are happy to be running on America's famous Route 66.

Some of the friends that we made along the way.

Carmen Clay holds the Torch and wishes the team well.

Ellie Guzzy and Hannah Jacobs, 9th graders, hold the Torch.

In the afternoon, the team met with the Oklahoma City Boys and Girls Club.

Club members presented a special running warm-up routine to music.

Mr A Jaye Johnson, Community Relations and Facilities Director, accepted a Certificate of Appreciation from the team.

The Club was also given a print of artwork by Peace Run founder, Sri Chinmoy.

The Team and students ran with the Peace Torch on the grounds of the Club.

Passing the Peace Torch.

A group photo.

Thank you Oklahoma City Boys and Girls Club.

For dinner, the team was served an outstanding meal by the Picasso Cafe in the Paseo art district of Oklahoma City. We presented the Manager, Rebecca Daley, with a Certificate of Appreciation. Thank you to all of the staff at Picasso Cafe.

Following the meal, Bob Neff, a Picasso Cafe guest, kindly and sincerely thanked us for the Peace Run.

Farewell to Salil and Arpan who are leaving the team tomorrow but will return at a later date. They both hold their gift Route 66 mugs.

At the end of the day, the womens team were generously accommodated by the Hampton Inn in Oklahoma City.

A Certificate of Appreciation was presented to the Hotel General Manager, LaDonna Woodmansee.

Torch carried by
Akbota Jumabayeva (Kazakhstan), Arpan DeAngelo (United States), Atul Arora (India), Homagni Baptista (Australia), Pierre Lantuas (France), Puroga Theobald (Hungary), Salil Wilson (Australia), Sarankhuu Jargal (Mongolia), Saranyu Pearson (Australia), Tavishi Matthews (Australia), Zuzana Klásková (Czech Republic).  
Akbota Jumabayeva, Arpan DeAngelo, Atul Arora, Pierre Lantuas, Sarankhuu Jargal, Saranyu Pearson, Zuzana Klásková
The torch has travelled 63.0 mi from Stroud, Oklahoma to Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.

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