NEW YORK—Call it a fun run of global proportions—the U.S. leg of the World Harmony Run celebrated on Monday the end of its 10,000-mile, 50-state relay.
Outside the United Nations headquarters in Midtown, the coordinators presented the Touch-Bearer Award, an award for people who, according to the organization’s website, “have inspired their communities through their own lives and deeds,” to Camille Zamora, cofounding director of Sing for Hope, a group of artists who volunteer for humanitarian causes.
“I love the spirit of this event,” said Justman, donor artist of Sing for Hope and winner of the 2007 Tony Award for Best Revival of a Musical. Justman sang during the celebration.
“We feel that what the U.N. stands for and what the World Harmony Run stands for are at the heart of why we, as human beings, create art,” said Zamora. “I think this idea of coming together across national boundaries, across racial boundaries, coming together to really see peace, that’s the heart of what music is. So for us to be able to volunteer our performances, it’s meaningful for us.”
World Harmony runners from 40 different countries were present at the event.
World Harmony Run, founded in 1987, holds global torch relays in over 100 countries to promote harmony between countries. “The World Harmony Run does not seek to raise money or highlight any political cause, but simply strives to create goodwill among peoples of all nations,” the organization’s website says.
“Nothing drives us, moves us, and encourages us the way music does,” said Vilupti Christina Barrineau, member of the 2008 U.S. World Harmony Run team and campaign manager of United Against Malaria.
World Harmony Run is currently holding a 16,000-mile European relay and a 10,000 Asian relay.