World Harmony Run crew stops in Bothell on cross-country trip

They ran, they rested, they sang — and then the World Harmony Run crew was off to its next destination. For about 45 minutes last Thursday morning, 13 athletes from around the globe descended upon the Park at Bothell Landing and shared their visions of unity with a small crowd that included Mayor Mark Lamb and City Manager Bob Stowe.

They ran, they rested, they sang — and then the World Harmony Run crew was off to its next destination.

For about 45 minutes last Thursday morning, 13 athletes from around the globe descended upon the Park at Bothell Landing and shared their visions of unity with a small crowd that included Mayor Mark Lamb and City Manager Bob Stowe.

Washington was the runners’ 27th state they visited on their four-month, 10,000-mile journey across the United States. They started in New York April 10 and plan to finish up there Aug. 15.

After runners David Morrison (Florida) and Samarthan Vandeman (a former Olympia resident who now resides in San Diego, Calif.) cruised up the Burke-Gilman Trail and crossed over the bridge at around 10 a.m., they handed the flaming torch off to Lamb.

Lamb congratulated the runners on their successful jaunt, which was organized by the late Sri Chinmoy (India) in 1987 and takes place bi-annually in the states. Overall, the event treks through 100 countries, six continents and covers 35,000 miles.

“It’s been an incredible, incredible journey. We can’t do it alone, it’s a teamwork effort. We get together and we bring out the unity in each other,” said team captain Yuyu Dhan Hoppe (Minneapolis, Minn.). “If we have peace and harmony in our hearts, we have it to share with other people. It’s amazing how we can come together and all have visions of unity.”

For now there’s 13, but Shyamala Stott (Scotland) said there will eventually be 30 people involved as the group heads back east. Some runners will participate for a few weeks and some, like her, will gut it out for the duration. She estimates that she runs 8-10 miles a day and then passes the torch to other runners to keep the harmony flowing.

Stott’s top moment of the journey was visiting New Orleans.

“It was a Sunday, and we went to a Baptist church … there’s so much life in the Baptist church — I love them,” said Stott, who will run between 800-900 miles before the event is finished. “The minister said he can really feel the hope burning, getting the district back to before the hurricane hit.

“It’s important for people to bring harmony back into their lives.”

Added Hoppe: “The minister used the phrase, ‘The devil may knock you down, but it won’t knock you out.’”

Ashok Parulekar (India) said that visiting with children on each stop is inspiring, and Kanala Bolvanska (Slovakia) added that she’s enjoyed traveling throughout the U.S.

“I like seeing the places you wouldn’t usually see and to meet the people,” Bolvanska said with a smile. “From what I see and what I’ve experienced, we are all the same — all around the world.”

Aside from sharing their thoughts, the runners joined together and sang: “Run, run, run … World Harmony Run … We are the oneness and fullness of tomorrow’s sun.”

Before Hoppe walked back to the team’s van, which follows the course and carries those runners taking a break, he added: “Hundreds of thousands of people have held the torch (from runners to popes to famous athletes), and each one adds their little piece, their little drop (of hope) that keeps us going.”

Then, he grabbed the torch himself and headed back over the bridge toward Maltby. Sultan was next, then Leavenworth … and beyond.

To follow the runners, visit www.worldharmonyrun.org.

More in News

Eastside tech companies Smartsheet, OfferUp, Apptio face challenging 2019

Here are a handful of companies from the Eastside that will be interesting to watch in 2019.

Attendees gather after the Dec. 21, 2018, meeting at Seattle’s Daybreak Star Indian Cultural Center. Photo by Melissa Hellmann
Washington indigenous communities push for action to address violence against women

A new law seeks to strength data collection on missing and murdered indigenous women.

Exit poll indicates Washington voters still support climate change action

State environmental organizations’ poll points to continuing support for carbon-reducing measures.

In 2018, King County and several partners safeguarded 365 acres, including five acres in the former Wayne Golf Course in Bothell, from development in five separate December land deals. Bothell-Kenmore Reporter file photo
King County protects open spaces to close out 2018

Protected space included five acres in the former Wayne Golf Coure in Bothell.

Attorney General Bob Ferguson visited the Reporter’s office. Carrie Rodriguez/staff photo
Northshore area lawmakers sponsor attorney general bills

The bills focus on gun control, consumer protection and raising vape and tobacco product age limits.

CenturyLink 911 outage investigations underway; AG seeks comment from locals

CenturyLink could be hit with both FCC and UTC fines.

Bothell police escort legislators to their cars after Town Hall

An audience comment was perceived as a potential threat, though no crime occurred, police said.

Wikimedia Commons CFCF photo
Proposed law would raise age limit for tobacco sales in WA

Lawmakers cite health concerns over tobacco and vape products

File photo
Seattle area braces for three-week SR 99 closure

Expect more congestion, longer commutes.

Most Read