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Peace Run spokesperson and 9-time Olympic gold medalist Carl Lewis at an opening ceremony in New York. Photo by Thomas Lee.

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The Sri Chinmoy Oneness-Home Peace Run, an international torch relay, is back on the road after pausing due to Covid restrictions. A modified route will include passing the Peace Torch along roads in the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic states. Also scheduled are visits to Florida, San Diego, Seattle, Chicago, Indiana and Michigan. Along the way the Peace Run team will visit schools and youth organizations to share their motto, ‘Peace Begins with Me!’. Runners will offer educational presentations that promote respect of others and the oneness of humanity.

On Friday, June 10, 2022, the Peace Run will be traveling 67 miles from Northwood NH to Portland along Route 202, passing through Sanford. Runners will stop at Margaret Chase Smith School at 10:00 a.m. to give students the opportunity to run with the Peace Torch.

For over 30 years the Peace Run has traversed over 160 nations on all seven continents as a symbol of humanity’s universal aspiration for a more peaceful world. Since the inaugural Run in 1987, more than seven million people have participated. Commendations have come from many world figures including Pope Francis, President Nelson Mandela, Queen Elizabeth II, Saint Mother Teresa, Muhammad Ali, state governors, city mayors and celebrities around the world.

The Peace Run was inspired by visionary Sri Chinmoy 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 inspiring people to find peace within themselves. He said, “Lasting peace must begin within the depths of the individual, and from there spread in ever-widening circles as a dynamic force for world change.”

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