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3000 Miles For Peace Fundraiser Will Honor 19-Year-Old Elizabethtown Resident Paul Ziegler, Killed In Bicycling Accident

Apr 26th, 2013 | By | Category: Front Page, News


 ELIZABETHTOWN (April 26) – Nineteen-year-old Elizabethtown resident Paul Ziegler had a dream to ride his bicycle across the country to raise money for world peace.  Tragically, he was killed in a bicycling accident last September before he had the chance to achieve his goal.

 In honor of Paul, cyclists, runners and walkers from around the U.S. will unite this spring to carry out his dream, in an effort dubbed 3000 Miles for Peace (3KMP).  At 9 a.m. on May 4 dozens will gather at the Colebrook parking area of the Lancaster-Lebanon Rail Trail to ride, run and walk towards the goal of 3000 miles and raising money for peace. 

 “This event honors Paul’s vision,” said his father Dale.  “Paul said, ‘When I ride across the U.S. I’d like to get sponsors and maybe pick up other riders along the way and donate the money towards world peace.’”         

Anyone sharing Paul’s vision of making peace a reality can join the effort.  To participate in the May 4 ride all they need to do is sign up at www.etowncob/3kmp.  To make a donation, plan a ride of your own, and to see a list of individuals and groups who have already joined the effort visit

All of the funds raised will go to the Paul Ziegler Young Peacemaker Fund and support the programs of the Church of the Brethren-affiliated non-profit, On Earth Peace, a group that promotes world peace both near and far, helping individuals, congregations, communities, and other groups grow in peace through powerful programs of training and accompaniment.

 Bob Gross, development director for On Earth Peace was inspired by Paul’s vision and is currently walking 650 miles for peace from North Manchester, Ind. to Elizabethtown, Pa

To celebrate the May 4 event, Gross’s accomplishment, and what would have been Paul’s 20th birthday, the Elizabethtown Church of the Brethren will host a “3KMP Celebration!” on from 5-6 p.m. on Sunday, May 5.   There will be stories and pictures from individuals and teams who have participated in the 3KMP efforts to date, and Gross will share highlights of his journey from Manchester as well as share information about additional ways to participate through the end of the campaign in September.

Pam Reist, pastor at Elizabethtown Church of the Brethren, said, “In honor of Paul and his passion for peace on earth, the celebration will conclude with birthday cake for all.  Everyone is welcome to join the celebration.


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