Friday, June 17, 2005

Relay team runs through Idaho

Express Staff Writer

Runners of the World Harmony Run team brought their torch to Ketchum as part of a global effort to promote goodwill.

Salil Wilson rested in Ketchum June 12 after running from Idaho Falls to Carey.

He and a group of international runners completed the segment as part of an effort to run across the United States.

"We spread the message that world harmony starts in the individual and then spreads out to the family, to the community and then to the world at large," Wilson said.

Wilson is the global director of World Harmony Run, the group organizing the trek. The athletes of the World Harmony Run stopped in Ketchum en route from Carey to Boise, running through Idaho as part of a four-month journey across the United States. The group left New York City in April, traveling south across numerous states. The run promotes international friendship and understanding.

"Each of us as individuals can do a lot to create harmony in the world we live in," Wilson said.

The event connects thousands of people across the world with similar runs completed in over 70 countries. The U.S. team consists of 12 members, six men and six women, who represent 11 different nationalities.

Idaho welcomed the running entourage this week. The team completed relays from Idaho Falls to Carey, Carey to Mountain Home, and Mountain Home to Vale, Ore. The group spent one night in Ketchum. The Best Western Tyrolean Lodge and the Tamarack Lodge donated lodging to the team.

"Ketchum is a bit off of our route and we had to drive about 20 miles north to get there. But it was worth every extra mile and the time spent traveling there," one runner wrote on the organization's Web site, which is updated daily.

The group acknowledged the exceptionally friendly people they encountered in the Wood River Valley.

"We were so sad to leave Ketchum and Sun Valley because of all the wonderful people we met last night there and the beautiful experiences we had," a Web site note said.

The group left Ketchum to extend goodwill one footstep at a time.

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