May 23, 2024 Live from the road

Santa Fe, NM - Cebolla, NM

Reported by Erdenetsetseg Gankhuu 58.0 mi

We would like to express our heartfelt gratitude for the incredible support and hospitality provided by The Lodge at Santa Fe. Our dear friend Jamini also sponsored two of our rooms- thank you Jamini! The iconic features of the hotel, reflecting Native American history and lifestyle, made our stay uniquely memorable and culturally enriching.

Jack from Santa Fe kindly offered us the most delicious Mexican-styled breakfast, making everyone happy to the fullest. We are sincerely grateful to you.

Since Jack resides in Santa Fe, he guided us through the fascinating sites around the city before our ceremony.

Mexicans use the chili as decor because it reflects their cultural heritage and love for spicy food. Additionally, chili peppers add vibrant colors and a lively atmosphere to various settings, making them a popular choice for decorations in Mexican homes, restaurants, and festivals.

Everywhere chili!

The oldest house in Santa Fe, NM

Our team visited the Upaya Zen Center. Roshi Joan Halifax, Founder & Abbot, warmly welcomed us in to their Zendo Hall.

The Upaya Zen Centre is a Buddhist practice and retreat center located in Santa Fe, New Mexico, USA. The centre is known for its commitment to integrating Buddhist practice with social action and compassionate service in the world.

Harita introduced The Peace Run, explaining its message and our common values to each other.

Roshi explained that compassion and mindfulness help us find peace within ourselves and spread peace in the world.

We honored Roshi with the Torchbearer Award in recognition of her decades of compassionate service to communities around the world.

Our local Peace Run coordinator, Sunamita, expressed her deep gratitude and unveiled the plaque as Roshi dedicated the Upaya Center as the 7th Sri Chinmoy Peace Blossom in New Mexico.

The Peace Run team performed two songs composed by Sri Chinmoy: "Peace Run" and "A New World of Peace".

We are deeply grateful for your warm hospitality and willingness to collaborate with open arms. Thank you for embracing us and supporting our mission of spreading peace and harmony.

Harita was thrilled to meet a fellow New Zealander- Shannon Ryan, who also now lives in the United States. There are not so many New Zealanders in America, so this was a special connection!

The Peace Run team at Santa Fe Plaza.

Sunamita kindly wanted to share with us the Proclamation of New Mexico as a Sri Chinmoy Peace State in 2000.

Thank you so much for all your hard work, Dear Sunamita!

As well as offering our gratitude to Sunamita, we had to say goodbye to our dear friends, Mananya, and Santiva, who left the team today. We will always cherish the beautiful memories we have created together during this magnificent journey. Each of you played significant roles on the team. We eagerly await the opportunity to reunite, share more laughter, and create new memories together.

It was a great pleasure to have this family reunion with Santiva, her son Jack, and husband, David today. Thank you all for your dedicated service and support of the Peace Run.

Even though David spent only three hours with the team, it felt as if he had been with us the whole time.

Friendly local people, expressing their wishes for peace.

Pransukh led the way as the first runner out of Santa Fe!

Some of us wanted to visit Natural Grocers Store to extend our sincere gratitude for their generous offerings of fruit, supplements and healthy snacks.

Morgan, the nutritionist at Natural Grocers store, was deeply moved by the activities of our Peace Run and expressed that she shares precisely the same feelings for peace.

Hillary, an ultra runner and artist living near Abiquiu, graciously volunteered to join our women's team today! We met her outside Mamacita's Pizza!

She joined Harita, Marina and Egi's team and ran with each of us, barely taking breaks- she is a great runner!

Harita met a kind truck driver on the road who offered her a bottle of water.

On our journey from Santa Fe, NM to Cebolla, NM, we were fortunate to come across the breathtaking beauty of Talus Natural Arch.

Talus Natural Arch is a stunning geological feature located in New Mexico, known for its natural beauty and unique formation. It is characterized by a large rock arch formed by the erosion of surrounding rock layers over time.

We were delighted to meet some backpackers who started hiking a month ago. They are on the Continental Divide Trail, a seven-month journey from Mexico to Canada. Because of the near by forest fires, they had to hike this section on the road. That meant we got to meet them!

A big welcome to the newest member of our team, Jagadhata!

The scenic run of our new members, Roxana and Anna!

The famous Echo Amphitheater in Abiquiu, New Mexico.

Thank you, our dear new friend Hillary, for enthusiastically running with us from Abiquiu, alongside Talus Natural Arch, all the way to the Echo Amphitheatre and cheering on our team. We would be delighted to have you join us again next time!

It was a great team work!

Torch carried by
Anna Stepanova (Ukraine), David Morrison (United States), Erdenetsetseg Gankhuu (Mongolia), Harita Davies (New Zealand), Homagni Baptista (Australia), Jack Morrison (United States), Jagadhata Amrhien (United States), Jozsef Dicso (Hungary), Mananya Galante (United States), Marina Pak (Russia), Pransukh Marks (United States), Puroga Theobald (Hungary), Roxana Magdici (Romania), Santiva Morrison (United States), Sunamita Lim (United States).  
Accompanied by  
Erdenetsetseg Gankhuu, Harita Davies, Homagni Baptista, Jagadhata Amrhien, Marina Pak, Santiva Morrison
The torch has travelled 58.0 mi from Santa Fe, NM to Cebolla, NM.

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