One leg of the Sri Chinmoy Oneness – Home Peace Run will pass through the Peace Arch for the first time on Monday, June 30, and North Whatcom locals are invited to help carry the torch.
The Peace Run is a worldwide torch-relay event that has been held every year since 1987. Thousands of people across dozens of countries simultaneously run around their respective nations in a symbolic gesture of peace and goodwill. The North American Peace Run encompasses a 12,000-mile route that incorporates parts of Mexico and southern Canada.
Runners will pass through Blaine at approximately 11 a.m. on Monday, June 30 on their way from Seattle to Vancouver. At 10:45 a.m., locals are invited to come by the Blaine Visitor Center to accompany the torch runner along the 1-mile stretch to the Peace Arch. Participants can choose to run anywhere from a few steps on up and there is no restriction based on age or physical ability.
Some Blaine locals, such as Christina Alexander from the United States-Canada Peace Arch Anniversary Association, have already signed up to carry the torch, as have members of the Blaine Boys & Girls Club and representatives from Blaine-Birch Bay Parks and Recreation District 2.
This year marks the first time in the Peace Run’s history that the designated trail passes through the U.S., Mexico and Canada. In the past, each country would hold its own separate run, and the U.S. leg would only incorporate the lower 48 states.
Moni Neradilek, a coordinator for the Peace Run since 1995, said the organization held a short ceremony in Peace Arch Park two years ago, but this would be the first time the race will actually pass through Blaine.
“The Peace Arch is such a special landmark,” Neradilek said. “It’s only right that we should pass through there on our way to Vancouver.”
The race begins and ends in New York City; it began April 11 and is scheduled to end on Friday, August 15. For more information, contact Moni Neradilek at 206/552-8613.