"Blue Planet" Runners Pass Baton in Pittsburg, CA
The 2007 Blue Planet Run, made possible by the generous support of The Dow Chemical Company, will circumnavigate the earth's Northern Hemisphere, passing through 16 countries in 95 days. The non-profit Blue Planet Run Foundation is putting on the Run to raise funds and awareness about the lack of safe drinking water in impoverished communities around the globe. "Lack of safe drinking water is a problem that affects the health and prosperity of entire communities and even nations, but there is hope," said Jin Zidell, founder and chairman of The Blue Planet Run Foundation. "The only elements needed to solve this problem are awareness and surprisingly little money - $30 dollars is all that is needed to give one person access to clean water for their life."
On Thursday, August 2nd, at a festive gathering in front of the Dow plant in Pittsburg, CA, runners Heiko Weiner and Sunila Jayaraj exchange the baton to the cheers of two hundred plus employees and local citizens, sponsoring groups and officials.
Two-time Academy Award®-winning actress Hilary Swank officially kicked-off the inaugural Blue Planet Run at the United Nations on June 1, 2007. Events in cities and towns along the route mark the Run's arrival, educate local residents about the water crisis and inspire action. The Run concludes in New York City on September 4, 2007.
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