Monday, September 21, 2015

Torch relay for peace comes to the Springs tomorrow

Posted By on Mon, Sep 21, 2015 at 4:36 PM

click image Run founder Sri Chinmoy holds the torch. - SRI CHINMOY ONENESS-HOME PEACE RUN
  • Sri Chinmoy Oneness-Home Peace Run
  • Run founder Sri Chinmoy holds the torch.
You may see someone running around with a torch tomorrow. No, it's not because of the Olympics. 

The Sri Chinmoy Oneness-Home Peace Run is the world's longest torch relay, and it's been around for 28 years. The relay is intended to promote peace and understanding. Since 1987, the torch has been passed in over 100 countries. 

The relay will include several school presentations. Cindy Stinger, who manages the USOC’s Olympians and Paralympians Association, will also receive the "Torch-Bearer Award" for her work.

Peace Run to Visit Colorado Springs

Colorado Springs, CO – On Tuesday, September 22nd, Colorado Springs welcomes the Sri Chinmoy Oneness-Home Peace Run in partnership with the Al Oerter Foundation as part of a week long run through Colorado. The world's largest and longest torch relay run is in its 28th year and has accumulated enough miles to equal over 13-times around the circumference of the earth.

While in Colorado Springs, Cindy Stinger, who manages the USOC’s Olympians and Paralympians Association will receive the Torch-Bearer Award from the Peace Run team. Former recipients include Olympian Carl Lewis, Archbishop Desmond Tutu and the European Union President.

The Peace Run, now in its third decade, has passed the Torch in over 140 countries giving hundreds of thousands the opportunity to express their own yearnings for a more peaceful world. The Colorado relay begins in Colorado Springs on Sept. 22 and will travel to Denver and Boulder covering approximately 200 miles.

The Al Oerter Foundation fosters character and integrity through sports and the arts. Cathy Oerter, wife of 4-time discus Olympic Gold medalist Al Oerter, will participate with the Peace Run in Colorado. She will speak with students about the values of respect, hard work and fair-play which inspires self-confidence and a passion for excellence in all avenues of life.

During its biennial relay that will start in April 2016 the Peace Run will cover over 10,000 miles in 4 months throughout the US, Mexico and Canada. The European relay goes through 49 countries and covers around 16,000 miles. The Asia-Pacific segment will go through 13 countries.

Along the Colorado route, the runners will make presentations at multiple schools, participate in local events and visit the Olympic Training Center. Heads of state, city officials, Olympians, Nobel Laureates and celebrities have all endorsed the Peace Run that had its beginning in 1987.

The Peace Run will visit the following schools in Colorado Springs:

1. 9am – Queen Palmer Elementary School, Yampa Street
2. 11am – CIVA Charter School, Northpark Drive
3. 2pm – Colorado Springs School, Broadmoor Avenue

Sri Chinmoy was an athlete, philosopher, artist, musician and poet who dedicated his life to advancing the ideals of world friendship and oneness.

For more information on the Peace Run and news from the participating countries please visit: www.peacerun.org
 

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