As the runners and walkers caught their breaths between the Percy Sutton Harlem 5K Run and “A Walk for Peace,” there was an impressive roster of speakers, but Jackie Rowe Adams gave the morning its enduring mantra.

“Raise your hand for peace and down with violence,” Adams exhorted the crowd assembled Saturday on 135th Street. “We must stop the violence now!”

Hundreds of the runners had just completed the annual 5K (3.1 miles) run and mingled with the walkers preparing for their journey around St. Nicholas Park.

“No matter where you are in the country, violence is taking place,” charged the Rev. Jacques De Graff, reminding listeners of the recent tragedy near the Empire State Building, the Aurora, Colo., shooting and several in Harlem. “But we are here this morning to walk for peace, and we it’s time we gave peace a chance.”

His admonitions were echoed by Sen. Charles Rangel, who also took time to recall Sutton, his longtime friend who died in 2009. “Percy was founder of the marathon here in the city, and he would be proud to see the turnout today,” he said to resounding cheers.

Sutton would be proud too of his granddaughter Keisha Sutton-James, who was among the more than 3,500 finishers.

“The turnout is getting bigger and more diverse each year,” said Carmen Williams, who quickly got in line behind the walk coordinator Rob Wilson. “No, I didn’t do the run, but the walk around the park is something I do all the time.”

Dignitaries in walking or running gear included Walter Edwards of the Harlem Arts Alliance, the NAACP’s Hazel Dukes, Michelle Scott, Winston Majette, Marko Nobles, Patricia Ricketts and Darwin Davis of the Greater Harlem Chamber of Commerce, Police Commissioner Ray Kelly, Willie Walker of the Harlem State Office Building and Councilman Robert Jackson.

“I did pretty well,” Jackson said of his run with no telltale signs of sweat.

While Jackson improves each year, he still has a way to go to match the record established by Mikael Tesfaye Kahsay, who clocked in at 14:49. Catherine Beck was the top women’s runner with a time of 17:15, edging Catherine Robbie, whose New York Athletic Club garnered the team prize.

Prizes too should have been awarded to the powerful sound and voice of trumpeter Joey Morant and vocalist/activist Jackie Rowe Adams for their renditions of “America, the Beautiful” and the anthems, respectively.

Before he opened his remarks, Imam Talib Abdur-Rashid greeted the crowd with his traditional “A-Salaamu Alaikum,” which means “peace be unto you.”

And it was answered with a similar cry for peace–and it was the perfect response to the day’s mantra.