Thousands of local students are signed up to take part in the Sri-Chinmoy Oneness-Home Peace Run this week.
Runners from 12 San Diego Unified School District campuses in grades kindergarten through 12th grade will be among 30,000 children in more than 1,000 cities and towns internationally expected to participate in the Peace Run, which is visiting schools and youth organizations along a North American route.
The Peace Run is a relay in which an international team of runners takes turns carrying an Olympic-style flaming torch to promote peace and harmony throughout the world.
The first leg of San Diego Unified’s Peace Run kicked off with 295 students at 8 a.m. Monday at Freese Elementary School and ended at 9:15 a.m.
Also on Monday, 495 students from Audubon Elementary and Middle School and 1,400 students from San Diego School of Creative and Performing Arts participated in the run.
The run is scheduled to continue Tuesday with 1,516 Lincoln High School students starting at 7:50 a.m., followed by 1,064 students from Porter Elementary at 10 a.m. and 630 students at Knox Middle School at 11:30 a.m.
On Wednesday, 200 students from Sequoia Elementary will take off at 8 a.m., followed by 200 students at Cadman Elementary at 10 a.m. and 1,032 students at Creative, Performing and Media Arts at 1:45 p.m.
The final day is scheduled to kick off 9:15 a.m. Thursday with 536 runners from Euclid Elementary, followed by about 300 students from Wilson Middle School at 10:55 a.m. and 2,100 students from Hoover High School at 1 p.m., where district Superintendent Cindy Marten will participate in a grand finale reception at 4:30 p.m. The Peace Run, said to be the largest and longest grassroots effort for peace, was founded in 1987 and symbolizes humanity’s universal aspiration for a more peaceful world.
For more information on the event, visit www.PeaceRun.org.