Peace Run traveling through Stigler May 9
A message to Stigler area residents from Sue Lang,
Oklahoma Coordinator, Sri Chinmoy Oneness-Home Peace Run 2018
“We would like to invite you to greet the members of the 2018 Sri Chinmoy Oneness-Home Peace Run as they pass through Stigler on Wednesday, May 9. The Peace Run is a torch relay by international volunteers who are committed to increasing our support for peace and harmony in the world. On April 10, torches were lit at the United Nations in New York City to travel to over 100 countries. For the North American portion of the Run, a team of 12 runners left on a four- month odyssey to travel through most of the United States and parts of Mexico and Canada. They will reach Stigler around 2 p.m. on Wednesday, May 9.
The Sri Chinmoy Oneness-Home Peace Run (formerly World Harmony Run), an international torch relay will be coming to your area soon.
Traveling the world to encourage goodwill, harmony and friendship at the local level, relay runs have occurred in over 140 nations throughout North and South America, Europe, Asia, Africa and Australia.
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, and are passing the Torch along the over 10,000-mile route. They will also go to Tijuana, Mexico and provinces in Canada.
Since the inaugural Run in 1987, more than 5-million people have participated. Endorsements have come from many world figures including President Nelson Mandela, President Mikhail Gorbachev, Pope John Paul II, Mother Teresa, state governors and city mayors.
Carl Lewis, 9-time Olympic Gold-medalist, said, "By carrying the Torch, you will be bridging cultural and social barriers, and all the boundaries that separate nation from nation. You will be the living proof of the ancient vision of having a beautiful and harmonious world."
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 towards world harmony."
The North American portion of the Run will complete its four-month journey mid-August in New York City.