• 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

D. Language had historical impact on 2 countries

Language choice had historical impact on Bangladesh and South Africa. WHR team has visited memorials at both locations.


The war of Liberation started in 1971. But the seeds of the movement to gain independence began "through the struggle for the honour of the national language, Bangla in 1952",- from explanation at National Martrys Memorial in Bangladesh:

  • World Harmony Run team members held the torch with local people visiting the memorial and
  • The team sang WHR Theme song -We are the Oneness and Fullness of Tomorrows Sun".  http://www.worldharmonyrun.org/song

South Africa- Soweto

  • Mouyisa Makhala Primary

Excerpt from 2008 report. For a full report of the day see: http://www.worldharmonyrun.org/sa/news/2008/1022  

One of the great symbolic landmarks of Soweto is the Hector Pieterson Memorial – a memorial to the school child killed on this spot in demonstrations in the 1970s. (see historical note below)

And across the road – Mouyisa Makhala Primary.

We all admire the teachers here –their obvious concern for and dedication to their pupils, and their enthusiastic support of the World Harmony Run.

All the children touch the torch and make a wish for peace and world harmony. Girls recite poems, Desmond from Zimbabwe reads us his poem on friendship.

We run out of the school onto the dusty, streets of Soweto buoyed up with hope for a harmonious future growing here with these children and their teachers.

  • Shomang Primary School

The ceremony at this school begins with a long prayer that all five or six hundred pupils recite, eyes closed, standing in the area between the rows of simple brick classrooms. Ondrej from the Czech Republic leads the Harmony Run presentation.

After a photo of the staff with the harmony torch,  the head teacher sends the team on its way with – “Keep running, keep running! Close the gap!”

And so we run on out of Soweto.

Note: The Day of the African Child is celebrated on June 16 in recognition of the day when, in 1976, thousands of black school children in Soweto, South Africa, took to the streets to protest the inferior quality of their education and to demand their right to be taught in their own language. Hundreds of young boys and girls were shot; and in the two weeks of protest that followed, more than 100 people were killed and more than 1,000 were injured.  (http://www.unicef.org/media/media_40005.html)