April 26, 2018 Live from the road

Kannapolis, N.C. - Saratt, S.C.

Reported by Arpan DeAngelo 80.0 mi

The women's team shares the Peace Torch and offer their appreciation for the very comfortable rooms at the Wyndam Garden Inn in Charlotte.

The men's team was very grateful for the spacious and clean rooms offered by the Homewood Inn and Suites in Charlotte as well.

Just as we were about to start our morning run out of Charlotte we met with Andrew, a local long distance runner who stopped on his way to work when he recognized our Peace Run car. He is friends with some of the runners who have run with us in the past.

Our newest team member is Vrishaketu from Canada who just arrived last night has a moment of silence before starting his run in downtown Charlotte.

Happy to finally be on the Peace Run here in North Carolina.

Our course was quite hilly on the sidewalks and shoulders of Route 49 south.

After running out of Charlotte we finally reach South Carolina. Kaspars from Latvia is running his leg of the relay and stops to take a selfie as he enters the state of 'Smiling Faces, Beautiful Places'.

We were warmly welcomed to the Marie G. Davis Elementary School in Charlotte by Student Counselor Caz Mohammed.

Mr. Mohammed leads us into the school auditorium where many young children and their teachers greets us warmly.

We offer our presentation to the children and have them participate in our songs.

Finding peace in the heart, a very touching moment with the children.

They children love our funny skits as they judge our behaviour.

Thumbs down for not so peaceful behavior.

Thumbs up for good behavior.

One of the teachers and Principal Ann Marie Laszewski and some of the children accept our Certificate of Appreciation and a painting of 'World Harmony' by the Founder of the Peace Run, Sri Chinmoy.

Going outdoors the children finally have a chance to hold the Torch and make wishes for Peace.

Most of the children are quite eager and excited about sharing the Torch.

Looks like she may just want to keep the Torch.

Serious silent wishes for peace.

I'm next please.

The teachers were so helpful in assisting with the passing of the Peace Torch.

A proud and happy group of students and teachers show off their colorful gifts.

We are so grateful to the Davis School for their wonderful and inspiring partication and smiles for the Peace Run.

Harita takes advantage of the sunny morning as she prepares the schedule for the next day.

By the time the women's team got out to run in the afternoon the clouds and rain moved in.

Rupasi enjoys a break in the rain to share the Torch with some local residents.

Here comes Svetlana...

Here comes the rain

And more rain...

Santiva enjoys running after the rain as well.

At the end of the day we had a surprise visit from our good friend and ultrarunner Ray Krolewicz, otherwise know as Ray K. He drove 90 miles after work from another part of South Carolina just to visit us and share the Torch. Arpan and Ray have been friends and competitors together for over 30 years. Thank you Ray for your enthusiastic support.

Torch carried by
Akbota Jumabayeva (Kazakhstan), Arpan DeAngelo (United States), Grahak Cunningham (Australia), Harita Davies (New Zealand), Kaspars Rutkis (Latvia), Nikolaus Drekonja (Austria), Rupasi Young (United States), Santiva Morrison (United States), Svetlana Perevozchikova (Russia), Tanuja Konecna (Czech Republic), Vrishaketu Pelletier (Canada).  
Arpan DeAngelo, Harita Davies, Kaspars Rutkis, Rupasi Young, Tanuja Konecna
The torch has travelled 80.0 mi from Kannapolis, N.C. to Saratt, S.C..

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