Global Relay Run Raising Funds, Awareness for
Safe-Drinking-Water Projects Around the World
Toronto — On August 27 and 28, the team of
20 international citizen athletes who have been running around the world
nonstop since June 1 will arrive in Toronto, as part of their journey across
the continent for the 2007 Blue Planet Run.
This unprecedented international athletic event is
raising money to fund water projects that will deliver safe drinking water
to some of the 1.1 billion people who currently live without it.
The inaugural 2007 Blue Planet Run, an event made
possible by the generous support of The Dow Chemical Company, launched from
the United Nations in New York City on June 1. Since then, the team has
traveled relay-style 24 hours a day, seven days a week through Ireland,
England, France, Belgium, the Netherlands, Germany, the Czech Republic,
Austria, Poland, Belarus, Russia, Mongolia, China and Japan. Enduring some
of the world’s most diverse terrains, the runners have faced tough
conditions, from navigating the crowded streets of Prague to swatting flies
through the Gobi Desert.
The Blue Planet Run baton will be exchanged at
several Toronto locations during August 27-28. At each exchange point, a
member of the Blue Planet Run team will hand off the baton to an awaiting
team member. Videos and other activities at the primary exchange point will
educate and entertain local citizens, and inspire donations through the Blue
Planet Run Web site,
A $30 contribution can provide one person safe
drinking water for life, according to the Blue Planet Run Foundation (BPRF),
the nonprofit group organizing the Run.
The runners, representing 13 countries, include a
renowned jazz musician; a Scottish gardener; a champion marathoner; and
married couple Brynn Harrington, 29, and Sean Harrington, 30. Upon arrival
in Toronto, the team will have covered over 14,000 of the 15,200-mile
journey, which will take 95 days to complete. Blue Planet Run team members
run individual 10-mile (16-kilometer) shifts.
"By the time the Run leaves Toronto, we hope every
local resident becomes a witness and messenger to a human crisis happening
right now — a crisis brought about by the lack of safe drinking water," said
Jin Zidell, founder and chairman of BPRF. "Just as we’re doing around the
world, we’re carrying a message of hope, step by step, through the streets
of Toronto, to push the issue to the forefront of people’s minds and hearts
in this city."
The 2007 Blue Planet Run route through the Toronto
area includes Halton Hills, Brampton and Mimico beginning the evening of
August 27. After Toronto, the Run continues in Ontario and then enters New
York State late afternoon on August 28.
Nearly 2.2 million people, most of them children,
die each year owing to diseases related to unsafe drinking water, inadequate
sanitation and poor hygiene. Water-related illnesses are the single greatest
cause of human sickness and death worldwide.
For more information about Blue Planet Run
Foundation, or to make a donation, please visit