United States 15 July: Minneapolis, Minnesota

A magical day.

The Peace Run motor home attracts a lot of attention wherever it goes, and the morning began with a number of locals expressing their support for the Run.

The team was joined today for the second time by Suhashini from Bali.

The first morning presentation was to children at the Minneapolis Parks and Recreation Center at Nokomis.

The team explained that the North American Peace Run is just one of many Peace Runs that are occurring all over the world.

The children enthusiastically listened to the Peace Run song and learned the words and actions to the World Harmony Run song.

Everyone tried being silent and focusing on the peace that we can find inside our own hearts. We imagined that this peace was spreading to everyone in the world.

Children correctly guessed the countries of all of the Peace runners.

We acted out peaceful and not-so-peaceful behaviours in some fun skits.

The children gave a thumbs up for peaceful behaviour.

The children had a lot of questions about the Peace Run.

The Parks and Rec. Center was presented with a Certificate of Appreciation.

A print of a painting by Sri Chinmoy entitled "Self-Transcendence" was also presented to the Center.

Everyone had an opportunity to hold the Peace Torch.

Children and counsellors ran with the team around the beautiful grounds of the Center.

The male runners created a special bridge that everyone ran under.

A final photo with eveyone from the Parks and Rec. Center.

Our special thanks to all of the Counsellors present, including Elise, Rosemary, Maggie and Annie.

Later in the morning, the team ran through parklands alongside the famous Mississipi River. We met many supportive locals along the route.

In the afternoon, the team met with the Minneapolis American Indian Center.

The Center was presented with a Certificate of Appreciation. Brian Joyce, the Program Director, accepted the Certificate.

Kelly and Suzanne.

Valerie and Howasta. Howasta manages the Cafe inside the Center caled "Gatherings" that serves delicious and nutritious indigenous foods.

There were many inspiring and beautiful wall hangings in the Center.

The whole team was given beautiful T-shirts which were gratefully received.

In the afternoon there was time to cool off at Lake Calhoun.

Fortunately there was also time for a quick ice-cream break.

We were impressed by the compelling evidence that the consumption of ice cream leads to a better life.