• 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

Ireland 21 March: Galway - Athlone

The day began with a whirlwind tour of Galway schools. The pupils in Educate Together National School had been preparing some beautiful artwork and poetry on the theme of friendship and harmony.

Here is one poem, by 10 year old Philip Walsh:

The children had loads of questions for us about the Run when we arrived. One particularly good one was: “Did you ever accidentally set anything on fire with the Torch?”, upon which our speaker Dipavajan had to confess to a minor incident in a field in South Italy…

After a lovely speech by the teacher we were ushered to the playing area where the younger children were waiting to join us in a ‘Mini-Run’ around the playground.

Next stop was St Nicholas National School where the 80-strong school music band was waiting to give us a rousing reception.


The Mayor of Galway, Cllr Catherine Connolly, was in attendance, and had some lovely things to say about the Run.

At the same school we also met up with two outstanding running brothers, Paul and Richard Donovan. Paul won an indoor 300m indoor World silver medal, and represented Ireland in the Olympics. Richard holds the world record for 100 miles on a treadmill, in addition to organising the annual North Pole marathon, and being the first runner to complete marathons around the North and South Poles.

They generously stayed around afterwards to answer the barrage of questions we had in store for them before accompanying us through the streets of Galway on our way to Rosedale School for special needs children. We brought the Torch around on a tour of the classrooms, and it was a joy to watch the expressions on some of the children's faces as they beheld this beacon of friendship.

Distance: 122km

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