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Re: World Harmony Run enters Alaska

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  • kamalakanta47
    Dear Arpan, you guys are doing such wonderful work! What better than spreading the spirit of harmony, friendship and oneness around the world? It is indeed a
    Message 1 of 2 , May 16, 2007
      Dear Arpan, you guys are doing such wonderful work! What better than
      spreading the spirit of harmony, friendship and oneness around the
      world? It is indeed a labor of love. Keep up the good work!

      in oneness,

      Kamalakanta

      --- In Sri_Chinmoy_Inspiration@yahoogroups.com, arpan_deangelo
      <no_reply@...> wrote:
      >
      > On our first day in Alaska this year we had an unforgettable
      > experience with some of the best athletes in the world, Martin Buser
      > and his Iditarod racing dogs. The following is a story about this
      > wonderful experience.
      >
      > May 15, Anchorage, Alaska
      >
      > The sun had set only about an hour before we landed at midnight on our
      > Alaska Airlines flight into Anchorage, Alaska. It does not get dark
      > there until about 11:30 p.m. at this time of year. But by the summer
      > it does not get fully dark at all, day or night.
      >
      > This is our present team's first time in Alaska, although the World
      > Harmony Run has done events here in years past due to the hard work of
      > Palyati and her husband John who have lived here for over 30 years.
      > They have also arranged for our visit here which will last five days
      > and include many adventures.
      >
      > Today's adventures involved a long car ride up to Big Lake where we
      > met four time Iditarod Champion and world record holder for that
      > amazing endurance event, Martin Buser. Born in Winterthur, Switzerland
      > in 1958, Martin Buser became fascinated with sled dogs while still a
      > teen. He came to Alaska in 1979 to enhance his knowledge of care and
      > training of sled dogs. He began working and training with long-time
      > Alaskan mushers Earl and Natalie Norris and ran his first Iditarod in
      > 1980. Martin, wife Kathy Chapoton, a teacher, and sons Nikolai and
      > Rohn (both named after Iditarod checkpoints), reside in Big Lake,
      > Alaska, where the family owns and manages Happy Trails Kennel.
      > Martin spends a large percentage of his personal time speaking with
      > youth on the humanitarian care of animals and the spirit of the
      > Iditarod. A favorite celebrity of the children of Alaska, Martin
      > treats them with surprise visits from his dogs during many of these
      > appearances.
      >
      > Martin runs the race each year with his dogs to test the success of
      > their breeding, training and physical endurance. He regards his racers
      > as true competitive athletes and prides his team on their longevity
      > and spirit of competition. Says Martin, "I run the Iditarod to prove
      > that my dogs, bred, trained and raced by Happy Trails Kennels, are the
      > best amongst the world's long distance athletes."
      >
      > The first Iditarod race in 1973 was won in 20 days. Martin's 2002 team
      > currently holds the record for the Fastest Iditarod by completing the
      > race in 8 days, 22 hours, 46 minutes and 2 seconds!!
      >
      > As tribute to his treatment of his racers, Martin was awarded the
      > coveted Leonhard Seppala Award in 1988, 1993, and 1995 and again in
      > 1997 for the most humanitarian care of his dogs. The award was named
      > for the most famous Alaskan musher who ran the longest and most
      > dangerous stretch of the 1925, 674-mile diphtheria serum run from
      > Nenana to Nome, which saved hundreds of lives.
      > Our visit with Martin at his beautiful home and kennel grounds at Big
      > Lake, north of Anchorage, was a thrill for our team, especially our
      > hostess and host, Palyati and John. They have followed the news of
      > this annual event for many years and even have volunteered at some of
      > the checkpoint stations in this 1,150 mile event. Today they finally
      > got to meet their real hero of this most unique event .We spent about
      > two hours with Martin and his beautiful dogs which he breeds as top
      > athletes for the Iditarod and similar races. Martin is extremely busy
      > yet he so humbly gave us all of his attention, offering us a private
      > tour of the grounds and even giving a demonstration of some of his
      > dogs pulling the sled around the property.
      >
      > We are grateful to Martin and all the time he spent with us,
      > demonstrating the harmonious relationship that a person can have with
      > his dogs and with nature. His love for his dogs, his sport and his
      > family, who unfortunately could not be there today, gave us a deep
      > appreciation for the joy of disciplines involved in training for and
      > running such a grueling sport. Harmony became an even greater word to
      > us since we have learned how much energy and endurance can be achieved
      > through the harmonious relationship between man and animal.
      >
      > On our way home we were able to stop by a state park to view
      > incredible vistas of the Talkeetna Mountain ranges nearby. With still
      > plenty of snow covering the mountains and even on the sides of the
      > roads where we drove up to the park, we felt a time warp from the heat
      > of Texas and Florida recently, where temperatures were 30 to 40
      > degrees warmer just a few days ago. Our introduction to Alaska and its
      > incredible beauty and unique climate was truly unforgettable as we
      > prepare for more harmony related events in the next few days.
      >
      > Arpan and the Team
      >
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