Ready, Set, Give.
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.