AMHERST, N.S. – Hope, peace and harmony wound its way through Cumberland County on Saturday as the Peace Run made stops in Amherst and Pugwash as part of the North American leg of their tour.
The Peace Run’s Global Torch Relay has been circling the planet since 1987, crossing every kind of terrain and running through more than 140 countries.
The Peace Run relay torch has been blessed by Pope Francis, and held by leaders such as Nelson Mandela, Mother Teresa, and Mikhail Gorbachev, and, also, held by children throughout the world.
The Peace Run was founded by Sri Chinmoy in 1987.
Chinmoy, a spiritual leader, was born in East Bengal in 1931, and moved to New York City in 1964. He passed away in New York in 2007.
Chinmoy believed the path to God could be found through prayer, meditation and exercise, and he organized many marathons.
Chinmoy said, “The Peace Run is our way of saying that world peace must begin within the heart of each of us, and that only by transcending the barriers that divide us from our better selves, as well as from others, will our world be a true Oneness-Home.”
After Amherst and Pugwash, the Peace Run made its way to Halifax, and continues to Portland, ME; Portsmouth, NH; Boston, MA; Providence, RI; New Haven, CT; and, finally, New York City.
After two stops in Florida, the 2018 Peace Run, North American tour officially kicked off April 10 in New York City, and ends Aug. 15 in New York City.