The Ottumwa Courier

December 10, 2012

Ottumwa YMCA — Bringing peace into their lives

Courier Staff Writer

OTTUMWA — Walkers and runners huddled outside the Ottumwa YMCA Sunday afternoon before taking off for the first Peace, Love and 5K.

The Ottumwa YMCA’s Walk for Peace and Peace, Love and 5K gave a group of nearly 20 runners and walkers the chance to reflect on what peace means in their lives.

The run and walk were an extension of the 125th anniversary celebration of the Y in Ottumwa this past week, as well as the dedication of the peace pole outside the Y Wednesday afternoon, declaring the Y as an International Peace Site.

The Y’s executive director, Tom Sisler, said Sunday would hopefully be the first of many peace walks throughout the year.

“It’s awareness of peace in our lives,” he said. “Peace is a value or condition of our life that we all share. And it can mean different things to different people.”

Sisler asked participants, while they were running or walking, to reflect on what peace means in their lives, whether on a personal, community or global level.

“I try to think about it in all aspects of my life,” Sisler said. “I try to enjoy it and I try to bring it into my life each day.”