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April 29, 2006

Albany -- A group of runners traveling across the country passed through Americus and into Albany Saturday. It was part of the global torch relay to spread a special message to the world.

WALB News Ten caught up with the group as they passed through town and found out why the team is running such a long distance.

The World Harmony Run happens worldwide in dozens of countries. Each nation has a team of runners who travel throughout the country carrying a burning torch. They took a break when they got into Albany to talk to us and tell us why they're running.

Banshidhar Medeiros is running alongside Highway 19, as he carries a torch for the world harmony run. It definately gets attention.

"We're not here to raise funds, we're here to raise awareness," said Banshidhar Medeiros.

An awareness of friendship and harmony throughout the world. It's a message that the US World Harmony Run has mapped out to share with people across the country.

"All countries together can live the same way in peace and harmony. I believe it and I am running for this idea," said Ulugbek Berdimurotov.

The runners travel relay style. Each person on the team taking a turn carrying the burning torch. Stopping only to refuel and to go to sleep at night.

The team will run to share a message and inspire others.

"To really get a feel and a real connection with the real heart and soul of America, which is truly beautiful, and we all believe it and love it very much," said Medeiros.

Each stride is meant to bring the world close together in harmony.

The US World Harmony Relay team began its cross-country run in April and will stop in more than 60 cities nationwide. They took off from New York City and will run all the way to the west coast and back. The team will have run 11,000 miles by the end of the relay.

Early Saturday in Americus the group met with the Habitat for Humanity and a Girl Scout Troop to share their message. They will stay overnight in Albany before taking off Sunday toward Tallahassee, Florida.

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