The movement began with a step, followed by millions more.
21 international runners, 24 hours a day, 95 days, 15,200 miles,
26.7 million strides
to deliver the message, on foot, hand to hand, face to face, step by step, drop by drop ...
and we will continue until everyone has safe drinking water.
The Blue Planet Run covered 15,200 miles, across 16 countries and 3 continents, 24 hours a day for 95 days to deliver an extremely urgent and important message: we can and must begin today to alleviate the catastrophic burden placed on over a billion people who, every day, must drink unsafe local water, or travel long distances on foot to search for safe water for themselves and their families.
Starting in New York City on June 1, 2007, a team of "21 ordinary male and female athletes doing extraordinary things" ran around the clock along a route that included the U.S., Ireland, the U.K., France, Belgium, the Netherlands, Germany, Austria, the Czech Republic, Poland, Belarus, Russia, Mongolia, China, Japan and Canada. Each runner sprinted 10 miles a day. The Baton was passed at more than1,500 exchange points. The Run ended back in New York City, on September 4, 2007. Each exchange point and heartfelt moment was captured in the media, fueled by well-organized events in major cities and an international PR campaign. The run was made possible by the generous support of the Dow Chemical Company as the Presenting Sponsor.
Blue Planet Run provides readers with an extraordinary look at the water problems facing humanity and some of the hopeful solutions being pursued by large and small companies, by entrepreneurs and activists, and by nongovernmental organizations and foundations. All proceeds from the book go to supporting the work of Blue Planet Network.