Marathon for Peace
Dili, 20 June 2011 - Over 5,000 people gathered in the streets of Dili, the capital of Timor-Leste, on 20 June to participate in the country's inaugural 7-kilometre "Run for Peace". The aim of this exceptional sporting event was to celebrate the country's social cohesion and national unity after years of violence and crises. The Run for Peace got underway right after the start of the 42-kilometre Dili Marathon, which attracts Timorese and runners from around the world. Colonel Martin Dransfield, Chief of the Military Liaison Group of the United Nations Integrated Mission in Timor-Leste (UNMIT) came first among the UN Marathon runners. In this story, UNMIT’s long distance runner contemplates the past and present of Asia’s youngest nation.