Outside of my last run across the Nullarbor and the 3100 mile race, one of the most memorable runs I have done is the Peace Run in and around Iceland. The Peace Run is an international torch relay that promotes peace and friendship through running.
Sadly a living representative of this ideal passed away today: President Nelson Mandela, who I think, did more than just end apartheid. He taught the world about forgiveness. Incarcerated for 27 years for trying to free his people, upon his release he had everything at his fingertips to exact revenge if he wanted too. Instead he founded a new era where African's could be seen as equal and he based his ideas on tolerance, oneness, freedom and peace. I remember the day he was released and footage we saw. The nation and world was pulsating with a new energy. Like the end of the Berlin Wall or the opening of an Olympics it showed what happens when something uplifting occurs and how it can affect all of us.
Nelson Mandela held the Peace Torch (shown above with his wife Graca Machel and Sri Chinmoy) and amongst other dignitaries like Mother Teresa, Mohammed Ali and Mikhail Gorbachev he is in a stratosphere of his own when it comes to being a shining example of hope in today's modern, often divisive world. He was a torch bearer for peace and I hope we can live up to his inspiring example where we can all be united in bringing about positive changes.
Some inspirational quotes from Nelson Mandela
"I am not truly free if I am taking away someone else's freedom.
"Any man that tries to rob me of my dignity will lose."
"You must vow to turn misfortunes into victory."
"I dare not linger, for my long walk is not yet ended."
Below are some shots of Iceland. I am sure everyone who is participating in the Peace Run in the many countries around the world will be thinking of Mandela today!
When we stop at schools and community groups and speak to the children or youth we always talk or mention the world leaders who have held the torch. President Mandela will be recognised for many years to come by today's children. He was a hero and example to all of us.
I am ultra runner from Australia. I am into motivational exploits involving any sort of physical feat that is inspirational and positive. On the side I work as a motivational speaker, business speaker and trainer, keynote speaker and youth speaker.