JUNE 30, 1997
A team of national Peace runners are welcomed by local runners at the Bothell Landing. Bothell Mayor John Curtin raises the torch of peace before joining the run.
Photo by Mina Hochberg/Northwest News.
by Mina Hochberg
Heads turned as a team of runners bearing a blue torch made their way from the Bothell Landing to Woodinville for the 1997 Sri Chinmoy Oneness-Home Peace Run. A core group of Peace runners began the 11,000 mile route in April in New York, and are now turning around to make their way back East.
Local runners, as well as curious onlookers, gathered at the Landing to hold the torch that has passed through the hands of people across America. Among the five Bothell runners were Bothell Mayor John Curtin and Deputy Mayor Debbie Treen. "It's an impressive event," Treen said. "You don't get the opportunity to do things like that very often in Bothell."
Curtin and Treen heard about the Peace Run three months ago. "I felt it was important to represent the city of Bothell," Curtin said. He added it was important to "take time out of my life to pass the torch of peace."
"[The run] proves that peace is tangible and dynamic," said Peter Fountain, Northwest Peace Run coordinator. People who see the runners with the torch may take home a glimmer of inspiration or perhaps a revitalizing thought, he explained. Magi Speelpenning of Kirkland, one of the Bothell runners, attests to this.
The run took place during rush hour, and commuters watched the team and flame wend along the Sammammish Slough. The sight was one onlookers would probably remember and take home with them.
For more information on the 1997 Sri Chinmoy Oneness-Home Peace Run, visit the website at http://www.peacerun.com.