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    World's Largest Torch Relay
    World Harmony Run

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Austria 5 August: Kitzbuehel - Innsbruck

After our stays in our luxurious hotels we all met up in Kitzbuehel centre where we met the local club runners from yesterday. We ran 5 km to the border of Kirchberg where we met some children to run with into the town square.

There we met the vice mayor, Mr Mauracher, who greeted us most warmly and a small crowd gave us a rousing reception.

They provided us with a marvelous array of fruits and it looked too good to eat, but within seconds our hungry runners, like a swarm of locusts, tucked in and demolished it hastily. World Harmony Runners are eternally hungry!

Aware of our next ceremony 21 km away at Worgl in 45 minutes, we hurriedly departed to waves of applause from the children and the local people. The runners had to go one way, and the vehicles another way. In the confusion (it was obviously too early for some) a few runners got stranded and others ended up in different vehicles. Eventually our Zoltan picked up the few International Team runners that were stranded just outside the town, and we headed speedily to catch up with the others already running towards Worgl.

At Worgl we met the town's representative for sport, Unterer Katharina, and she proudly wore the World Harmony Run t-shirt presented to her. Once again the runners consumed more fruit (bananas and peaches this time) - still hungry after their morning breakfast and the food from Kirchberg!

The rain clouds began to disappear, and for the first time in three days we saw blue sky and sunshine - summer had returned to us. After all the rain the flowers appreciated the warm sunshine.

In the warmed and brighter conditions everyone was willing and eager to run - so much so that at one point we had about 20 runners on the road at the same time.

Io, Jewgenij's four and half year old son had enjoyed riding in one of the International Team's vehicles that he stayed with his father, much to the enjoyment of us all. He was so full of life and wanted to talk on the vans microphone and run with the torch.

We made him an honorary International Team member for the day. He was to bring much joy and amusement to us all throughout the day.

At Jenbach we ran up the steep cobbled streets to arrive outside the 'Rathaus' (town hall). To the striking of the church's tower clock of twelve midday (right on schedule) we met Ms Dauber, the vice mayor. She was very happy that we had run to her town and cordially invited us to the local bakery for cake and refreshments. The International Team had little time to eat them so they kindly packed huge slices of different types of Austrian cakes in a box and we whisked them away to eat later in Schwaz.

You can't keep a good runner down - still hungry (well we hadn't eaten for 90 minutes) we ate the chocolate, fruit and tiramisu cakes. We even had some left over - I think the girls secretly ate them later, although they didn't admit it. One of our senior Austrian runners (I dare not mention this grey haired runner's name) smeared a chocolate cake on poor Andrea's face. We all found it highly amusing; and so did she.

At the Rathaus of Wattens we met Maria Grander, vice mayor of the town, and a Member of Parliament of Vienna. She was so open hearted and she invited us for refreshment and food, and she mentioned that today there were three wedding ceremonies. On our way out we met one bride and groom who gladly held the torch - lets hope they have harmony in their lives.

A few runners from an organisation for the physically handicapped bravely ran with us the 7 km to the historical town of Hall.

It has one of the most stunningly beautiful city halls in Europe complete with a medieval balcony and courtyard. There we met Martin Lindenberger, Head of Family, Youth and Sport. He mentioned how the town was the first in Austria to fully integrate refugees within its community, and he liked how the WHR was inclusive and connected people from all backgrounds. He finally gave us a brief tour of the city hall before we departed for the final 20 km to Innsbruck.

We all ran the final 2 km along the turquoise coloured and fast flowing River Inn.

We were joined by a runner from IBSV (Innsbrucker Behinderten Sport Verein) (a handicap sports association). We made our way to the famous Innenhof Hofburg (a grand palace that used to be the summer residence of the Empress of Vienna, complete with a large courtyard) where we met Mag. Oppitz-Plorer. She kindly treated us to a sweet chocolate delicacy of this region, which was delicious.

We ran through the old part of Innsbruck and passed the famous Golden Roof of Innsbruck.

And then to the 'Bergisel Skisprung Stadion', Innsbruck's famous ski jump, which featured in the 1964 and 1976 Winter Olympic Games.

We were given a tour of the stadium, and our guide mentioned how an Englishman called 'Eddie the Eagle', who jumped here captured the public's attention. Despite not being the best ski jumper (and this is putting it mildly) he showed the rest of the watching world that anything was possible and in the guide's words, "How a little guy can become great", and have the adulation of the crowd for his unfailing determination and to compete against the odds.

A few of us who still had enough energy at the end of the day (or is those who hadn't run enough?) ran up the steps to the top of the ski jump and then onto the viewing tower.

At the top of the ski jump you can see directly in below in the distance a cemetery. This is probably not what the ski jumpers wish to see or think about before they jump!

Up in the viewing tower we had fantastic views of Innsbruck below and the mountain range towering above the city with an average height of about 2400m, and some of the highest peaks covered in cloud.

We had a final group photograph of the day with the magnificent ski jump behind us.

Jewgenij still had enough energy to defy gravity and impressively run up the wall.

At the end of the evening we sadly said goodbye to Eddie, who heads back to Vienna, and to Anna who returns to Hamburg. We will miss Anna's enthusiasm and cheerfulness speaking into the van's microphone announcing the Run's arrival in villages, towns and cities. Also a big thank you for writing some of the daily reports - it was very much appreciated and gave me (Mark) a few, much needed early nights from report writing.

It will be our last day in Austria tomorrow and we hope for bright and sunny weather.

Distance: 99km

Team Members:
Anete Klavina (Latvia), Anna Lesmann (Germany), Anne Schulze (Germany), Dipavajan Renner (Austria), Edmund Blab (Austria), Mark Collinson (England), Martin Prettenhofer (Austria), Ondrej Vesely (Czech Republic), Petar Mihaylov (Bulgaria), Petr Machacek (Czech Republic), Pratul Halper (Austria), Sandro Zincarini (Italy), Terezia Hammel (Hungary), Veronika Kuliskova (Slovakia), Zoltan Theobald (Hungary).

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