Saturday, 26 April 2014

Vienna Peace Run




The challenge today was to run, walk or jog as a few or as many 650 meter laps as you liked around the Vienna City Hall between the hours of 9am and 12noon. The aim of the event was to raise funds and to draw attention to the plight of disadvantaged children and young people in India, Burkina Faso and Austria, and to raise funds to provide assistance in the form of a suitable environment for them to develop their potential. 

A great cross-sction of old and young walked, ran, hobbled, wheel-chaired or scooted their way around the course. We were accompanied on our way by children's laughter and the stirring beat of the street musicians. A persistent drizzle failed to dampen anyone's spirits.

For the record, I completed 11 laps of the streets around Vienna City Hall, that is 7,150 meters, and along with other participants was awarded a certificate of thanks for my contribution. There were some 'cool' t-shirts on sale, and as you can see I bought one. I shall wear it often in training.

As a participant I must thank here the many volunteers who manned the checkpoint with smiles and good humour and made the event go smoothly, and also mention the following organizations who made it all possible (www.friedenslauf.at): Entwicklungshilfeklub, Austrian Red Cross (Youth Section),  Sportunion Wien, Diakonie, Kinderfreunde, and the Austrian Pathfinderbund (Scouts).