An estimated 50,000 children in over 1,000 cities and towns on the North American route are expected to participate when the Peace Run (www.peacerun.org ) visits schools and youth organizations. Runners will offer educational presentations that promote self-esteem and friendship. The team left New York City mid-April, passing the torch along the over 10,000-mile route. For the first time the continuous relay will link Canada, Mexico and the US during its four-month journey before arriving back in New York mid-August. The European relay started in Portugal in February and will end in Serbia in October after running some 16,000 miles. The Asia-Pacific segment will go through 13 countries in four months.
Since the inaugural run in 1987, more than five-million people have participated. Endorsements have come from many world figures including Nelson Mandela, Mikhail Gorbachev, Pope John Paul II, Mother Teresa, state governors, and city mayors.
The Peace Run was inspired by the visionary Sri Chinmoy as a way to give citizens a dynamic way to express their own hopes and dreams for a more harmonious world. An athlete, philosopher, artist, musician, and poet, Sri Chinmoy dedicated his life to advancing the ideals of world harmony and said, “If we have perseverance, then that is our first step toward world harmony.”
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