Peace runners stop in Belfast on their way to finish trek through North America

BELFAST, Maine (WABI) - For over 30 years, the Sri Chinmoy Oneness-Home Peace Run has traversed over 150 nations.

Arpan DeAngelo, a runner says, "It's a relay run where we carry a torch representing peace. Peace starting in the individual and being shared or relayed from one person to another symbolically."

The North American team has been running since April.

DeAngelo says, "It started as a big circle through the U.S. down into Mexico and parts of Canada and down through Northeastern U.S., and we're going back to New York City. We have runners from about eight or nine different countries right now."

The City of Belfast welcomed the runners as they came through on the last week of their run.

Mayor Samantha Paradis was inspired to tie up her running shoes and join in.

She says, "Peace is an important aspect of my personal life and also I think for our community. We are here in Midcoast Maine in a small city, and it's important that we are able to have dialogue among each other and really foster a community that can really work, and peace is definitely a part of that."

DeAngelo says, "It gives a lot of joy to people, and it encourages adults and young people alike to have hope that the world is really peaceful and can be more peaceful."

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