PANO - Some 2,000 people of all ages took part in the 37th Open Hanoimoi Run Tournament for Peace 2010 which started today at Ly Thai To Park and continued around Hoan Kiem Lake.

Ngo Thi Doan Thanh, the Chairwoman of the Hanoi People’s Council, lit the torch tower with the flame brought from Hoa Lu, Ninh Binh province. The fire features the strong will, belief, and strength of the Millennium Hanoi.

She then declared a message of peace to the world.

Besides Vietnamese athletes, many friends from international organizations, foreign corporations, and students with their foreign teachers enthusiastically joined this annual event in Hanoi.

The tournament, jointly organized by the Hanoi People’s Committee, Hanoimoi Newspaper, Hanoi Department of Culture, Sports and Tourism, and Hanoi Union of Friendship Organizations, is one of the celebrations of the Great Anniversary of Thang Long-Hanoi.

On this occasion, the Hanoimoi Newspaper presented VND 50 million to Hanoi’s Fund for the Poor.

Mai Huong