Local marathon runner takes part in 35 mile run

A Newcomerstown runner took part in the 2010 Harmony Run recently, joining an international group of runners for 35 miles between Cadiz and Pittsburgh.

Trevor Garretson, an ultra-marathoner, became a main focus of the group's Web site for Week 16 of the event. The 2010 World Harmony Run USA is a relay along a 10,000-mile route in all 50 states that promotes "reciprocal knowledge of cultural, ethnic, linguistic and religious diversity and building a framework for commonly shared values, equal dignity of cultures, mutual respect and the strengthening of cooperation for lasting peace."

On the Web site, event members wrote, "Yesterday whilst we were running near Dover, Kokila met a ultra runner called Trevor Garretson who expressed a keen interest to run with us. He contacted Atulya and he said he wanted to run a 38 mile stretch with us. So the men's team met Trevor at Cadiz, Ohio early this morning to run to Wheeling, West Virginia and then to run to the state line of Pennsylvania ... So far this year no one, not even one of the team runner's have run a 38 mile stretch! We were very glad to have such an inspiring runner with us and four of us took turns to run with him."

"It was a neat experience," Garretson said. "It's a great cause and it was an honor to run with them. I'm inspired by what they're doing."

The 2010 World Harmony Run is a global relay founded by global peace leader Sri Chinmoy that seeks to promote international friendship and understanding. As a symbol of harmony, runners carry a flaming torch, passing it from hand to hand traveling through over 100 nations around the globe. 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.

On the Web site, event members wrote, "On the World Harmony Run some things don't always go to plan and you have to expect the unexpected. Mark was waiting for Trevor and Dhima in a Super 8 Motel car park and apparently they didn't see him and ran right on by and Mark didn't see them run by. To make matters worse when Mark realized they were up ahead he tried to start the car and the battery was flat! Well, a big thank you to the staff of Super 8 Motel on Route 44 East Wheeling who helped him jump start the car. And then just as Mark was pulling out of the car park, a car with a couple pulled up and said, 'Are you looking for your runner and our Trevor?' Within a few moments Trevor's wife, along with their three children dropped off Trevor and Dhima. Trevor was quite tired as you can imagine and he decided that after running 34 miles he was going to call it a day. That's the most any runner has participated with us on the run this year. His children, wife and parents were so glad to hold the torch ... Although we only ran 15 miles in West Virginia on this run we received so much support and encouragement and people would just slowly drive by us and ask us questions as we were running and wish us luck and smile. I know Trevor really enjoyed the experience and we hope he runs with us next time - maybe 40 miles, eh?"

For more about the event, go to: http://www.worldharmonyrun.org.