City participates in global peace run

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The peace torch couldn't travel 16,000 miles on its own, so residents of Moose Jaw were enlisted to help carry it through its global journey. 

The Sri Chinmoy Oneness-Home Peace Run made its way back to the city for the first time in 20 years. The flame was passed on to local residents in Wakamow Valley as they ran to the song Peace Train by Cat Stevens. 

The global relay, which started in 1987, travels through 80 nations around the world promoting international friendship and understanding. The lit torch, a symbol of piece is passed on from hand to hand.  

"There's something inside us that unites us, and it's that yearning for peace," said Salil Wilson, executive director for the Peace Run. 

"There's a lot more that unites us than divides us as a human family. We have different languages and religions, but deep down we all want to be happy and we all value the qualities of love, joy and peace."

The Peace Run is a grassroots event that runs on the hearts of people instead of corporate sponsorship. The purpose of the journey is to remind people around the world that peace starts within.

"Peace can't be legislated. We all bring a unique perspective to peace. By being kind and encouraging, that's what creates world peace," said Wilson.

Organizers and volunteers were very pleased to include Moose Jaw in this year's journey. 

"This place is fantastic! We we're so charmed when we came down Main Street. Then we came in on a beautiful road that brought us into Wakamow Valley, and it's an incredible park," said Proapti Jensen, organizer for the run.

Wakamow Valley was a perfect place for the run to be held because the park has always promoted peace, said Margaret Moran, CEO of Wakamow Valley. 

"This is a valley of peace and we've always promoted it as such. This used to be a valley where people would gather. A valley where First Nations would come from generations long ago and this is where they would come and trade over winter," said Moran.

The Peace Run will continue their global journey with their next stop being in Regina, and eventually ending in New York. 

Mickey Djuric can be reached at 306-691-1263 or @Mickey_MJTimes. 

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