Running for Peace
In 1987, Sri Chinmoy founded The Sri Chinmoy Oneness-Home Peace Run, a torch relay that travels throughout the length and breadth of the world promoting the simple message that there is infinitely more that unites us as human beings than divides us. A key feature of the Run is the idea that it is individuals who, through changes in their own lives, can make positive change in the world a reality. Since 2004, the Run has also been known as the World Harmony Run.
Relay teams in each participating country are made up of runners from all walks of life, who have dedicated their time and energy to bring the Run to communities around the globe. Coordinators in each country partner locally with schools, community groups, sporting organizations, city and state government departments to bring the run to the community as a service encouraging international friendship and understanding.
Every year, the Run makes its way through the 5 main continents of America, Europe, Asia, Africa and Australasia. Members of the Sri Chinmoy Centre assist with the planning of the run, but it is truly a grassroots project, with many people from local communities coming forward to help, inspired by the simplicity of the Run's message.
(Video: Members of the international team of the Peace Run (then called the World Harmony Run) share their experiences.