• 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

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    Make a Wish for Peace
    Schools And Kids

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    World Harmony Run Founder
    Sri Chinmoy

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    World Harmony Run Spokesman
    Carl Lewis

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    Around Australia

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    14 Days, 1500km
    Around Ireland

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    Pangkor Island

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    The All Blacks
    New Zealand

日本 Japan 11 May: Morioka - Akita 盛岡~秋田


Today will be our busiest day full of school visits and the final ceremony. Krutananda, who is responsible for details of the route, is busily cutting & pasting road maps for both vans.


Team A's first visit is Morioka City's Toryou Elementary School. The entire school of over 250 students enthusiastically welcomed us.


All the teachers were also very enthusiastic to hold the torch with us. Thank you!


Team B visits Niou Kindergarten of Morioka City, where our little friends are eagerly waiting for us...



More joyful encounters with local people on the way...


Team B then enters Akita Prefecture and make their next visit at Kakunodate Kindergarten in Kakunodate Town, which is known as Little Kyoto of Northern Japan.


The team members received the children's hand-made paper medals with special messages. The one in the photo reads: "Let's play again"


Akita's Asahi TV Station came to cover Team B's visit at Kakunodate Kindergarten.


Our long-awaited lunch was at Sobakiri-Chosuke, a locally renowned soba specialty restaurant in Kakunodate. They grow their own organic soba buck wheat and make fresh soba. They arranged a special lunch set for us including a sweet made out of soba buck wheat and inari-zushi. 


Team A's last school visit was at Kyokunan Elementary School in Akita City. Their 6th graders welcomed us in the school yard.


Team B visited Kawashiri Elementary School, also in Akita City. Their 6th graders played with the team.


Finally, we are going to have our Finishing Ceremony in Akita City. The venue is along the busiest shopping mall near Akita Station. While the crowd is eagerly waiting, the team members as well as over 10 citizen runners, who ran with us from Akita City Hall, finally arrive.


The flaming torch is now handed to the Mayor of Akita, Mr. Motomu Hozumi, from one of the citizen runners and our runner from Vladivostok, Irina. Akita and Vladivostok are sister cities.


On behalf of the people of Akita City, Mayor Hozumi receives the Torch Bearer Award.


The letter and gift from the Mayor of Vladivostok is now handed from Irina to the Mayor of Akita. Irina prepared a speech in Japanese, and everyday in the van she practiced very hard for this occasion.


Now the Mayor gives words of encouragement and appreciation to the runners.


School Orchestra of Akita Senior High School of Commerce performed a few pieces (including the World Harmony Run theme song) specially for us. They have won the national gold medal, and sure enough, their performance was powerful, magnificent and pure. Our special gratitude goes to the director, Mr. Ikeda, who kindly agreed for his orchestra to participate in our ceremony.


The ceremony ends with the Mayor of Akita lighting the torch of Irina's, who will carry it to her city Vladivostok to carry on the relay with strengthened bond between the two cities.


Our special gratitude goes to international runners who came to join us, all the citizen runners who ran with us along the way, all the schools and kindergartens who welcomed us, and all the passersby who kindly held the torch with us and supported us.  This beautiful Run came together as it did because of each one of you all. We are also grateful to all the public bodies who gave us their endorsement, to special guests at the ceremonies including the Mayor of Akita, Director of Iwate Prefecture Board of Education, Professor Masami Sakuyama at Iwate Medical School, and to Iwate Kozukata Senior High School Choir and School Orchestra of Akita Senior High School of Commerce.

Video Message from Dr. Davidson Hepburn, President (2009 - 2011) of the General Conference of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) for 25th Anniversary of the World Harmony Run and a vision for the decade: "Toward a Oneness-World".

Full Text of the 25th annversary message and link to 25 language informal Translations: http://www.worldharmonyrun.org/25

or Click on language button for separate youtube videos wth sub titles in varous languages

See also:

See start of the International 25th Anniversary Celebration across from the United Nations at Dag Hammarskjold Plaza in New York.

On 27th April 2012. in many cities around the world, special events marked the WHR 25th Anniversary


– Harashita, Ashirvad

Distance: 122 km

Team Members:
Ashirvad (Brazil), Abhisar (Czech Republic), Pedja (Serbia), Purnendu (Canada), Irina (Russia), Sujagaran (Russia), Urdhacheta (Singapore), Krutananda (Japan), Jyotirmala (Japan), Pramiti (Japan), Harashita (Japan), Sudasa (Japan), Yahva (Austria), You (Japan), Akanda (Mongolia), Usra (Japan)

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