Peace Run

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The Peace Run is a global relay which promotes international friendship and understanding, founded by Sri Chinmoy.[1][2][3][4][5][6]


Sri Chinmoy at WHR

In 1987, Sri Chinmoy, founded [1][3][6][7] a run for international friendship the Peace Run. The Liberty Torch Run, a relay to mark America's bicentennial in 1976, was the forerunner to this race.[8][9] The World Harmony Run was initially held every two years and then annually. From 2005 to 2013 it was known under the name World Harmony Run. In June 2013 it returned to its previous name Peace Run.[10] The team of international runners carry a torch as a symbol of friendship. The Peace Run has taken place in more than 100 countries.[2] The aim of the torch run is to promote understanding and the harmonious relationship between the peoples of all nations, faiths and cultures.[11] The Peace Run is a grassroots event and the international team meet with dignitaries, mayors, community groups and schools inviting them to participate by holding the peace torch and by making a step towards a more harmonious world.[2][5] Past participants include Mother Teresa, Nelson Mandela and Mikhail Gorbachev who supported the run and held the peace torch. Nine time olympian Carl Lewis is a spokesman for the Peace Run.[12][13]


An official theme song "Oneness-Home" was composed by Narada Michael Walden and recorded by Whitney Houston.[14][15]


Isernia, Italy (2010)

Some examples of routes or its parts:


  1. ^ a b "Olympian receives World Harmony Run Torch-Bearer award". Business Standard. August 26, 2012. Retrieved December 27, 2012. 
  2. ^ a b c "SOUTHGATE: World Harmony Run to come through Downriver this weekend". The News-Herald. July 24, 2012. Retrieved December 27, 2012. 
  3. ^ a b "US World Harmony Run Concludes in Midtown". The Epoch Times. August 23, 2010. Retrieved December 27, 2012. 
  4. ^ "WORLD HARMONY RUN CELEBRATES 25 YEARS OF RUNNING FOR PEACE". South-South News. August 23, 2012. Retrieved December 27, 2012. 
  5. ^ a b "Running for world harmony". Toledo Blade. June 26, 2012. Retrieved December 27, 2012. 
  6. ^ a b "Worldwide torch relay reaches Cornwall". BBC. June 11, 2011. Retrieved December 27, 2012. 
  7. ^ Hüttl, Horst (1998). Die Sri-Chinmoy-Bewegung. Wiener Verlag. pp. 210–212. 
  8. ^ "Biography of Sri Chinmoy – Part 3". Retrieved January 24, 2013. 
  9. ^ "Oak Park welcomes runners". Page: 8, The World. August 11, 1976. 
  10. ^ "". June 10, 2013. Retrieved June 24, 2013. 
  11. ^ "World Harmony Run Picks Mankato For A Stop Along Their Route". KEYC-TV. June 16, 2012. Retrieved December 27, 2012. 
  12. ^ "Tributes from sportsmen". Retrieved June 16, 2014. 
  13. ^ "Sudhahota Carl Lewis". Retrieved June 16, 2014. 
  14. ^ McG. Thomas Jr., Robert (April 22, 1987). "Scouting; One More Time: A Torch Relay". New York Times. Retrieved June 16, 2014. 
  15. ^ "Sri Chinmoy Oneness-Home Peace and World Harmony Run". worldharmonyrun. April 27, 1987. Retrieved June 16, 2014. 

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