Sri Chinmoy Oneness-Home Peace Run / World Harmony Run

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Holding the Peace Torch after the English Channel relay 2009 with escort pilot Eddie Spelling, crew, observer and team
Sharing the Peace Torch at the IMSHOF Ceremony 2012 on the Queen Mary with Lexie Kelly, Steven Munatones (who received the Torch Bearer Award), Shelley Taylor-Smith, Vasanti Niemz and Abhejali Bernardova
Sri Chinmoy (1931-2007) holding the Peace Torch
Abhejali Bernardova and helpers on Oahu, ready to visit schools with the Peace Torch after her successful Molokai/Kaiwi Channel swim

The Sri Chinmoy Oneness-Home Peace Run (previously called the World Harmony Run between 2001 and 2012) is an endurance event founded in 1987 in New York.


To strengthen the spirit of friendship, understanding, oneness, peace and harmony beyond national, cultural, racial or religious boundaries in the human family by passing a flaming torch from hand to hand and heart to heart.


The inspiration behind this originally bi-annual global torch relay was Sri Chinmoy, who was inducted posthumously into the International Marathon Swimming Hall of Fame as an Honour Administrator in 2012. The event is one of the most important legacies of Sri Chinmoy. The open water swimming community is a perfect example of how striving for self-transcendence and crossing boundaries instead of fighting against each other unites and uplifts, creating oneness, joy, deep inner satisfaction and helps a new and more embracing and positive consciousness to emerge in this world.

Distance Covered

By 2017 the torch of the Peace Run has travelled several times the distance of the earth circumference and has visited thousands of schools to spread the message of the oneness of humanity on all continents and in over 155 countries.

Open Water Swimming

On a number of open water swims and marathon swims the Peace Run torch was on board or at the start and finish as a symbol of the unifying power of open water swimming and in order to dedicate the intention of the swim to Peace include events like the World Harmony Run English Channel Relay 2009, Vasanti Niemz's English Channel Triathlon Dover-Aachen in 2010, Vasanti Niemz's Strait of Gibraltar crossing from Europe to Africa in 2012, Angikar Sasa Djordjevic's English Channel solo crossing in 2010 and Angikar Sasa Djordjevic's Dover-Heidelberg Channel Triathlon 2014.

Swims for Peace

In 1986, one year before the Peace Run was created, four members of the Sri Chinmoy Marathon Team who at the same time were members of the UN Peace Meditation Group as well as staff members of the United Nations Secretariat and UNICEF (including Adhiratha Keefe), undertook 35 "Swims for Peace" in 31 locations to draw attention to the United Nations International Year of Peace, starting on 1 January 1986 in Hiroshima, Japan and 5 days later in Nagasaki, Japan and continued into 1987 in Chile, Brazil, Uruguay, Bolivia and Peru, including Lake Titicaca.

External Links

Celebrating the 30th anniversary of the Chinmoy Oneness-Home Peace Run