In an early morning stir of excitement many gathered at the Sparwood Chamber of Commerce eagerly awaiting the arrival of the World Harmony runners. The World Harmony Run which was founded in 1987 is designed to spread the message of love, peace and oneness. Runners from around the globe travel to over 100 countries to share the aspiration of a more harmonious world.
During the stop in Sparwood, World Harmony runners from Ukraine, Slovakia, Calgary, Northwest Territories and Ottawa were greeted by a crowed eager to meet them and inspired by their dedication.
Joanne Wilton Sparwood’s Acting Mayor as well as Councilors Sharon Fraser and Margaret McKie greeted the runners with a warm welcome on behalf of the District while attendees took turns passing the torch and making a wish for peace. “It is just so special for us to be here,” says Sparwood resident Shauna Salmon. “For myself and my kids the World Harmony Run is a representation of kids around the world who are just like mine, to be able to feel the same measure of peace as we do here,” she says. “For me, it means that they are bringing awareness to things we may not always be aware of here. They are inspiring, and bring more meaning to what we may be running for in our running club,” says Michelle Musil.
The World Harmony runners shared their message and a song before enjoying the sight of the. Michelle Musil and Jackie Gentile ran with the tour as they headed out of town to continue on their way across the Western leg of the run.