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Sep 1 2002


America, Iran, Global

"He's been running all his life, running for freedom, running for peace.It started when he ran away from home at the age of eight. Later he ran away from his homeland, Iran, and spent seven years on a bicycle, pedaling 49,700 miles across 55 countries. In 2002, he reached America. He now lives in a tent in Death Valley. It's been nearly 10 years since Reza Baluchi escaped from Iran. He has run across the United States twice and around its perimeter once. He sets out on every journey with the same mission: to spread a message of world peace."
When he first entered the United States he was arrested, then released on "humanitarian grounds, promising to run across America for the victims of 9/11 and donate his only possession -- his bicycle -- to the New York Fire Department.
He spent 10 days prepping for the cross-country trek. Baluchi was able to raise several thousand dollars and was donated a motor home."

"I always wanted to give children around the world hope that anything is possible," he said. "Until my heart stops beating, I'll keep running for peace." Baluchi

Article by Yasmin Khorram, CNN
May 31, 2012

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