Participants in the 30th Torch Relay for Peace pace off from White Rock Pier en route to the Peace Arch Sunday.

Peace relay paces White Rock

Participants in the 30th Torch Relay for Peace paced from White Rock Pier to the Peace Arch on Sunday

A global run described as a “grassroots opportunity to individuals and communities to come together and share their hopes and dreams for peace” passed through White Rock last weekend.

Participants in the 30th Torch Relay for Peace paced from White Rock Pier to the Peace Arch on Sunday, carrying international flags and passing a torch.

Organizers say the run, founded in 1987, is the longest relay in the world. Since its launch, the torch has been carried to more than 150 countries on all seven continents.

The leg of the relay currently underway began in New York on April 11 and arrived in Seattle on June 21. On June 26, they met the Canadian team at the Peace Arch, where the mayors of both White Rock and Blaine were on hand to welcome the runners.

The relay is to continue east across Canada until August, before again heading south to New York.

The event is organized by volunteers; no fundraising is involved.

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