• World Harmony Run

    World's Largest Torch Relay
    World Harmony Run

  • 1,000,000 Participants

    Across 6 Continents
    1,000,000 Participants

  • Dreaming of a more harmonious world

    100 countries
    Dreaming of Harmony

  • Schools And Kids

    Make a Wish for Peace
    Schools And Kids

  • Sri Chinmoy: World Harmony Run Founder

    World Harmony Run Founder
    Sri Chinmoy

  • Carl Lewis: World Harmony Run Spokesman

    World Harmony Run Spokesman
    Carl Lewis

  • New York, USA

    New York

  • London, Great Britain

    Great Britain

  • Shakhovskaya, Russia


  • Around Australia

    15,000 kms, 100 days
    Around Australia

  • Around Ireland

    14 Days, 1500km
    Around Ireland

  • Wanaka, New Zealand

    New Zealand

  • Arjang, Norway


  • Rekjavik, Iceland


  • Beijing, China


  • Prague, Czech Republic

    Czech Republic

  • Belgrade, Serbia


  • Lake Biwa, Japan

    Lake Biwa

  • Kapsait, Ethiopia


  • Pangkor Island, Malaysia

    Pangkor Island

  • Bali, Indonesia


  • The All Blacks, New Zealand

    The All Blacks
    New Zealand

Austria 09 October: Bratislava - Vienna

The tower walls of the Bratislava Castle stood imposing in the grey morning light.

Our Slovak friends bid us a reluctant farewell and we made our way to the Slovak Austrian border.

We would like to thank our Slovakian coordinators and running friends for accompanying us as we made our way through their country. They provided us with a delightful few days that now seem all too short. Still we left Slovakia with many fond memories and new friends.

As we approached the border some of our Austrian friends began to appear in their cars to accompany us. As always crossing the border is an exciting experience with new people waiting to join the relay and help us with the miles as well as farewells of runner-friends who had accompanied us for the past five days.

Neatly planted rows of corn bordered by rolling green hills greeted us as we took our first few Austrian steps. Soon we were in the middle the quiet village of Engelhardstetten and it seemed the whole town, including its uniformed brass band was out to meet us.

They gave us a most heartfelt welcome including poetry from children, the brass band played our World Harmony Run song, which we sang along to.

We also had lots of the obligatory bread cheese and were presented with a care package with copious amounts of other local produce.

As always, we had to leave to sooner than we wanted to but more people were waiting up ahead. We stopped it at an impressive Castle in Orth and then continued onto Vienna.

Coming into Vienna we had accumulated more than 50 runners and we were creating quite a stir even on a Sunday.

The welcome ceremony was held in the main square just near Stephansdom (the most famous church in Austria I’m reliably informed).

As you would expect of Vienna, the entrance of the torch and runners was serenaded by a classical orchestra.

We received an official welcome from a local Viennese politician. Another good friend who joined us was an ultra distance triathlete who told us of his journeys around the world.

We then ran around the city ring, a distance of about 3 km finishing at the Stephansdom for some photographs, and then off to a delicious dinner.

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