Pierre Le-Tan

Ready, Set, Give.

Amanda MacMillan
April 09, 2009

This summer, to raise money to help solve the global water crisis, 20 athletes are running more than 14,000 miles in the first-ever round-the-world relay—and all along the route are chances for spectators to participate, learn, and make donations ($30 provides a lifetime supply of safe water to someone in Africa or Asia). The Blue Planet Run (blueplanetrun.org) kicks off June 1 from New York City and will traverse Western and Eastern Europe, Asia, and, in August, the United States, from the Golden Gate Bridge back to New York for a September 4 finish. The baton will be passed at more than 1,500 exchange points—among them Paris’s Arc de Triomphe (June 9), Moscow’s Red Square (June 27), and Chicago’s Wrigley Field (Aug. 22)—accompanied by a traveling “caravan” of cultural festivals, charity short-distance jogs, and educational lectures and presentations. A natural high is guaranteed, even if you don’t run a single step.

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