May 4, 2018 Live from the road

New Albany, AL - Memphis, TN

Reported by Rupasi Young, Tanuja Konečná 78.0 mi

What a great day to begin running with two long time dedicated runners, Willie Sue and her dear friend Dorothy from New Albany. Thanks so much for joining us.

Harita and Willie Sue are joined by a local reporter.

And enthusiastic and creative Michael greets Harita before the day of running begins.

Thank you to Willie Sue and Dorothy for the great T-shirts! Now we really feel right at home.

Chief Jim White from Myrtle, MS stopped to greet Harita.

More fuel please...

New Albany is all beauty

Coffee all around at the Bottomless Cup in Holly Springs, MS.

Thanks Marie, it was great to meet you.

Our next stop was the Maria Montessori School in Memphis, TN. Many of the students knew of the Peace Run and greeted us warmly with a song.

Peace Run song shared with students.

One of the big highlights of our visit to Maria Montessori was bestowing the Torch Bearer Award on Maria Cole. She brought the ideals of Montessori to Memphis in 1986. Her tireless dedication to her students is changing countless lives.

Including hers.

Part Two- Let the outside festivities begin!

Thank you Maria Montessori School!

And thank you again Maria for all you do!

New friends are made.

All come together to hold the Peace Torch today.

It was a day for meeting police chiefs! Pictured here is Police Chief of Hickory Flats.

Welcome from the Governor of Tennessee is so welcome by the Peace Runners here in the United States. Thank you!

And thank you Senator Alexander for the warm welcome. We are so glad to be here.

The team is joined by the Olive Branch Police Department. The new recruits prepare for the run.

Welcome to the Peace Run Team Captain Kevin MacKenzie and Police Team!

All teams are ready including the very important escorts.

Ready, set...




The run finished up at the Olive Branch City Hall, the team was welcomed by the Olive Branch High School Band.

Arpan and Captain Kevin MacKenzie are welcomed to Olive Branch by Mayor Scott Phillips.

Welcome to the City of Olive Branch.

Mayor Phillips reads a Proclamation naming May 5th as Sri Chinmoy Oneness Home Peace Run Day.

The Band plays the Peace Run song for us.

All the officers had a chance to hold the torch.

Including some firemen who had a particular interest in the flame.

A special thank you to Media Director Jay Nicolls for arranging the run with the Olive Branch new recruits and for the excellent reception from from Mayor Phillips and the City of Olive Branch. We look forward to seeing you again.

Heading out to Memphis

Thank you to the Olive Branch Police Department for your escort through your fine city and a head start into Memphis. Home of ...

the 'King'. We look forward to running with you again.

Team A makes it the Graceland after many excellent adventures.

This couple are fron New Jersey, where we began our relay 3 weeks ago!!

Long live the King of Rock and Roll, Elvis Presley.

Making new friends at Graceland

Torch carried by
Arpan DeAngelo (United States), Banshidhar Medeiros (United States), Harita Davies (New Zealand), Kaspars Rutkis (Latvia), Nikolaus Drekonja (Austria), Rupasi Young (United States), Svetlana Perevozchikova (Russia), Tanuja Konečná (Czech Republic), Virangini Afzal (United States), Vrishaketu Pelletier (Canada), Zuzana Klásková (Czech Republic).  
Arpan DeAngelo, Banshidhar Medeiros, Harita Davies
The torch has travelled 78.0 mi from New Albany, AL to Memphis, TN.

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