Although he is 53 years old, Ilie Rosu is a dreamer.
After 30 years of waiting, he fulfilled his youth dream: to run a marathon. Then he dreamed of running the Athens Marathon, which he did in 2008. Because he always likes to have a goal to push him forward, immediately after the Athens’ Marathon, he decided to run the Boston Marathon, for which one needs to get qualified and be recognized by the International Federation of Athletics. Ilie ran 10 marathons in Europe, and managed to fulfill his dream of qualifying for the Boston Marathon in 2010.
Then he discovered the power of running marathons with flags as a global sign of peace and friendship. The first race was the marathon in Rome, where he ran with the flags of Romania and Italy. On the T-shirt contest, he wrote Romania Italy together. Ilie ran with flags 55 times through Romania and across the world, both on the road, the running tracks, as well as in nature, the woods, the mountains, the valleys. Each race running with the flags is for Ilie as if he would climb up and down on Mount Everest. We can say that Ilie climbed the Everest Mount 55 times and in Geneva he is commited to climb it for the 56th time.
Ilie carried the flag of the host country in international marathons as a sign of friendship. He ran with the Romanian flag, the flags of the U.S.A., Russia, Italy, Greece, Belgium, France, United Arab Emirates, Morocco, Chile, New Zealand, Serbia, Montenegro, Portugal, Netherlands, Slovakia, Cyprus, Turkey, Germany, in an attempt to send the message that people can live together in harmony. In Luxembourg in 2010, he ran with the Romanian flag along with the flag of the European Union. He raced with the EU flag for another 31 times. The message that he wants to transmit when running with the EU flag is that Romania is a European country. Ilie prints a new shirt every race with a new message, and when running outside Romania, the message is Romania-The host country -together.
Together, Together, Samen, Ensemble, μαζί, Insieme, Juntos, вместе, заједно, spoločne, birlikte, együtt.
Ilie ran 18 marathons with the UN flag, with the message on his Tshirt “Peace and Friendship”. He ran with flags in a project “Borders are not limits” – six marathons in six months on all continents except the 7th continent, Antarctica.
Ilie organized six marathons in Romania. In one of them, The Snow Marathon, he carried the Olympic flag. In another one, the Delta of Danube Marathon, he ran together with all the participants with a message for the protection of the Danube Delta and its community. .
Ilie has a great respect for nature. He grew up in the Romania village of Moldova, Old Adjudu, situated on the Siret river, enjoying the nature in his village, the forests, the water, the crops, the fruit trees. Over the years, racing in the mountain , he noticed the dramatic degradation experienced by mountains and forests of Romania. To draw attention to this issue, he ran with the messages: Together we save the mountains and we save the forest. Meeting Alexandra Postelnicu from Pachamama Romania and Global Alliance for the Rights of Nature was a turning point. He and Alexandra recognized that he and those organizations have common objectives: to protect Mother Earth. So they decided to transmit the messages: Respect for the laws of nature and for the Universanl Decraration of Rights of Mother Earth both in Romania and abroad. At the Bucharest International Marathon, in October 2013, Ilie ran with the message “Say Yes to Rights of Nature and the Children’s forest.” At the Geneva Marathon for Unicef, Ilie will run with the four flags of Romania, Switzerland, Unicef and the UN, with a message
ROMANIA – SWITZERLAND TOGETHER TO ADOPT AND IMPLEMENT THE UNIVERSAL DECLARATION OF RIGHTS OF MOTHER EARTH
Here is a short paragraph from an interview with Ilie about his commitment to protect Mother Earth:
“I like to breathe the fresh morning air, to see how spring buds burst from the trees in my garden in the country side, and watch the steam coming out of the ground and disappearing suddenly when the sun is on the sky. Every year I rush to be there when the flowers blossom and to count cherries and nuts on the tree. I always mess up. The walnut tree that my dad planted is my age; it grew alongside with me. My garden in the countryside breathes every morning. When I was little I saw the plants in tears of the morning dew. I always wondered, why plants cry? Only my mother knew the answer. Because they are living beings. Today to chase loneliness, waiting for his boy who runs marathons around the world, my mom learned the language of flowers, which she waters every morning, and talks kindly to them. She has been doing this for the last 87 springs. This year will be her 88th Spring. Alexandra Postelnicu and colleagues from Rights of Mother Earth believe like my mother that The Earth is a Living Being, that She is Alive. And I started believing and thinking that too; at the Geneva Marathon, I will run with the thought that my garden in the countryside is a living being.”
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