10,000 mile torch relay run tour to visit Hattiesburg

This is a news release from the Oneness Home Peace Run

The Oneness-Home Peace Run (www.peacerun.org), history's longest and largest torch relay, will be in Hattiesburg on Friday, May 9th.

Following is a schedule where the international team will pass the Torch as they run through Mississippi on Rte.98 from Mobile towards Rawls Springs on a 10,000-mile 4-month journey.

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 will leave from New York City mid-April passing the Torch along the over 10,000-mile route.  For the first time the continuous relay will link Canada, Mexico and the US during its 4-month journey covering over 10,000 miles before arriving back in New York mid-August.  The European relay started in Portugal in February and will end in Serbia in October after running some 16,000 miles.  The Asia-Pacific segment will go through 13 countries in four months.

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."