July 26, 2016 Live from the road

Southgate, Michigan - Toledo, Ohio

Reported by Tavishi Matthews 55.0 mi

The team thanked the Hampton Inn at Southgate for a great night's rest.

First thing in the morning we ran to the Southgate Downriver Family YMCA to meet the summmer camp children there.

Mayor Joseph Kuspa gave the Peace Run team a warm welcome and presented a signed Letter of Support. The letter reads - "The City of Southgate proudly supports the Oneness-Home Peace Run and their aspirations for a culture of friendship, oneness and peace."

Mayor Kuspa was wearing a T shirt that the team had given him two years ago.

Kanala from Slovakia taught the children the World Harmony Run song with actions.

Sanaz lead an exercise in focusing on the peace inside our hearts and imagining it spreading to everyone in the world.

Arpan presented Mayor Kuspa with a Certificate of Appreciation.

A print of artwork by Sri Chinmoy was also presented to the City of Southgate.

The Mayor lead the children in a short run around the YMCA track.

Suhasini and one of the children posed for a fun photo. Thanks to everyone from the YMCA Southgate Downriver Family including Lisa and Stephanie, two of the Counsellors.

A new Peace Run T shirt was presented to Mayor Kuspa.

The Mayor then joined the team until the Southgate City border.

Mayor Joseph Kuspa and his wife Kim posed for a photo before saying farewell.

The team then ran to the Monroe Family YMCA and were greeted by Summer Camp children who had prepared many beautiful peace artworks.

Salil spoke about the North American Peace Run, which has now been underway for three months and one week. In three weeks time the Run with conclude in New York.

Everyone participated in the World Harmony Run song.

Jen Hay, the Director, accepted the Certificate of Appreciation.

Some children accepted a print of artwork by Sri Chinmoy.

We had fun running with the children around the grounds.

Everyone had a chance to hold the Peace Torch.

The team then made its way to the Common Space Day Camp in Toledo.

The Day Camp had organised a series of presentations, including a rivetting live theatre performance which we really appreciated. Each runner was greeted by a different masked child who said "peace" in other languages and they collectively formed the word "peace" with their bodies. The children were all very talented.

We also appreciated the beautiful singing performances. Tallula performed "Imagine". One of the lines was "Imagine all the people living life in peace."

Mckenzie performed her own wonderful compositions.

Some of the beautiful artworks that were prepared by the children.

The children had even worked together to make a Peace Declaration.

The team spoke about the Peace Run. Suhasini demonstrated some Balinese dancing.

Puroga gave clues about his country - including the recitation of a Hungarian tongue twister.

We practised focusing on the peace inside our own hearts.

As we sometimes do with young audiences, the team acted out peaceful and non-peaceful behaviours in playful skits.

Melinda, Ruxandra and Martin accepted a print of peaceful artwork by Sri Chinmoy as well as a Certificate of Appreciation as tokens of our gratitude.

We ran through the playground together.

We were extremely grateful to the Common Space Day Camp for a really great visit!

The team then met with the Toledo Mayor's representative Carrie Hartman, outside the Government Centre building.

Carrie presented a Proclamation signed by The Mayor, Paula Hicks-Hudson, celebrating the 29th Anniversay of the Peace Run and encouraging all citizens of Toledo to participate in the Run in some way.

The media attended.

The Peace Torch was passed to everyone.

The musica group called The Gathering peformed very moving songs about peace. Group members included Sierra, Wes, Bernie, Susan, Claudia, Olivia and Carson.

Making new friends.

Nathan, Jackson and Sierra held the Torch.

A final group photo outside the Tolendo Government Centre.

The Team then ran with locals through the streets of Toledo.

Friends Jermone and Mary were part of the group that ran through the city with us. They have both participated in an impressive number of running races over the years, and continue to do so. It was very inspiring chatting to them!

Running our final miles for the day. The temperatures continued to increase.

The womens team met up with local runner Jessica who joined us for the last sweltering mile and a half leading up to our hotel.

We enjoyed meeting Jessica and her daughter.

It had been a very long day, and we were all grateful to sit down for a moment in the air-conditioned hotel foyer.

In the evening, Perrysberg locals Medhyata (front, second from right) and Steve (back row second from the left) Kramer, treated the team to a super-delicious Indian meal. For many years now, Steve and Medhyata have most generously provided us with an evening meal whenever the Peace Run has passed through Perrysberg.

We were extremely grateful for their company. Our gratitude also goes out to our hardworking coordinator Pam (on the right) who coordinated our all of our Toledo activities.

Torch carried by
Arpan DeAngelo (United States), Chetana Hein (United States), Homagni Baptista (Australia), Kanala Bolvanska (Slovakia), Nikolaus Drekonja (United States), Pierre Lantuas (France), Puroga Theobald (Hungary), Sanaz Datubar (Iran), Suhasini Septiarini (Indonesia), Tavishi Matthews (Australia), Yatkara Aleksapolskyy (Canada), Zuzana Klásková (Czech Republic).  
Yatkara Aleksapolskyy
The torch has travelled 55.0 mi from Southgate, Michigan to Toledo, Ohio.

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