Running across the country to spread the message of peace. That's what the World Harmony Run is all about and they've picked Mankato as the next stop in their coast to coast tour.
Tomorrow the runners will meet here at the YWCA. The YWCA in Mankato is dedicated to eliminating racism, empowering women and promoting peace, justice, freedom and dignity for all. Just this past year they were honored with a peace pole that stands outside their building. Their mission statement and pole are reasons why the World Harmony Run has chosen to stop here in Mankato.
YWCA Marketing and youth development Director Sheri Sander-Silva says, "So we'll run the last mile into town with them and then we'll stop here outside of the YWCA. We've invited community members to join us on our lawn around our newly installed peace pole to hear their story and just to celebrate their promotion of world harmony."
Director and founder of the Hope Interfaith Center Janice Gorman says, "It makes me feel good that we're part of an international group of people who have come from around the world. It pleases me and that Mankato can be a part of it as well."
Again the YWCA is inviting people to meet the World Harmony Run team outside their building on Cherry Street in Mankato tomorrow at 5:15.
The next stop for the World Harmony Run is Minneapolis/St. Paul on Tuesday July 17.