May 7, 2024 Live from the road

Oxford, AL - Birmingham, AL

Reported by Santiva Morrison 50.0 mi

We would like to thank the Scenic Drive RV Park and Campground for giving us a discount to stay in their park. We are very grateful.

We arrived at Oxford City Hall where we had the honor to meet with Mayor Alton Craft and his staff.  They received us enthusiastically and told us a little bit about his city. It was founded early in the 1850's and Oxford was the first city in Calhoun County. The city is also well known for Choccolocco Park, which is more than 300 acres and one of a kind, state of the art sports complex. It has many amenities including sports fields, walking, running, biking trails, kayaking and much more.  Now I see why residents are proud to live in Oxford.

Mayor Alton Craft holding peace torch. He shared with us the importance of peace in his life and his city. That we must have peace in order to share with others.

Ginger Monroe holding peace torch. She is the executive assistant to the mayor.

Ashley Morrison making a wish for world peace. She is a reporter and photographer for the Anniston Star Newspaper.

Mayor Craft receiving a Certificate of Appreciation from our team and a painting by founder of the Peace Run, Sri Chinmoy.

After our meeting with the mayor, the women's team ran 20 miles to Lakeside Park to relax for a while since we had a couple of hours for our next ceremony to begin. Here goes Harita!

Our driver, Virangini, taking track of our miles. We are so grateful to her for driving the women's team van.

In the meantime, the men's team met some friends along the way

The men's team finally arrived at Talladega City Hall where they met with the Mayor Ashton Hall (holding the torch), City Manager, Fire Department and Police Department.

Talladega Mayor Ashton Hall. He teaches 3rd grade at Stemley Road Elementary School. He is a new Mayor having served just six months and is very much looking forward to serving his city.

Talladega City Manager, Mr. Swanson, holding the peace torch.

Danny B. Warwick, Fire Chief, holding peace torch.

Police Chief Diane Thomas holding peace torch. She is the first female police Chief in Talladega. Also holding the torch is officer Kirk.

The women's team finally arrived at Lakeside Park and it was a delight being there to relax after running our miles. So beautiful and peaceful.

Uugana having fun swimming in the lake.

Virangini just chilling admiring the lake.

We arrived at the Pell City Boys and Girls Club where we were received by very enthusiastic students.  Salil introducing the Peace Run.

Kids feeling peace in their hearts.

Finding the countries were runners come from.

Doing actions singing the Harmony Run song.

We always have so much fun doing skits for the children showing harmony and disharmony.

Counselors running with peace torch around the gym and kids are loving it.

We would like to thank Travis Hanes, Director of the Boys and Girls Club for having us. We had so much fun with his kids who were well behaved and very sweet.  We offered them a certificate of appreciation and a painting by founder of the Peace Run, Sri Chinmoy.

We headed outside where everyone held the torch and made their own wish for world peace. Thank you for having us.You made our day with your beautiful smiles.

Peace is in The surrender-smile Of my gratitude-heart.

Sri Chinmoy

Torch carried by
Arpan DeAngelo (United States), Harita Davies (New Zealand), Jozsef Dicso (Hungary), Mananya Galante (United States), Pransukh Marks (United States), Puroga Theobald (Hungary), Salil Wilson (Australia), Santiva Morrison (United States), Uugantsetseg Otgonbayar (Mongolia), Virangini Afzal (United States).  
Arpan DeAngelo, Harita Davies, Salil Wilson, Uugantsetseg Otgonbayar
The torch has travelled 50.0 mi from Oxford, AL to Birmingham, AL.

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