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article imageBlue Planet Run: Around The World On Foot

By Debra Myers     Aug 31, 2007 in Health
What do 21 runners, 24-hour days, 3 months, 15,000-miles and 16 countries have in common? 'Blue Planet Run'. It's purpose? To raise awareness and money to ensure clean drinking water for people around the world.
Caton, NY - Mary Claire Chervenak, 39, is one of the 21 runners. Originally from Corning, NY, she now lives in Winston-Salem, NC. She became involved in the Blue Planet Run through her job as a chemist for Dow. By the time that this run is finished, Chervenak will have run 750 miles.
Dow is the event's primary sponsor this year. The company has a number of water-related projects, including purification and transportation systems.
The purpose of the Blue Planet Run "is to raise awareness and money for a foundation that is dedicated to ensuring an ample supply of safe, sustainable drinking water for the world's population."
Blue Planet Run started June 1 from New York City. The runners crossed Ireland, Britain, Western and Eastern Europe, Russia, Mongolia, China and Japan.
"They follow mostly back roads. They take airplanes or ferries across major bodies of water, but the rest of the time, they have a runner on the road constantly."
As it turned out, Wednesday's leg of the journey passed within a few miles of her parent's home in Big Flats, NY. Having spent 91 days in 89 different hotel rooms, she was able to spend the night at her parent's. From there, the rest of their run will take them
"south through Pennsylvania to Washington, D.C., Baltimore and Philadelphia before finishing back in New York City on Sept. 4."
Mary Claire Chervenak, a Corning native, is joined by her brother, Jay, and her father Bill (trailing on bicycle) on Hendy Hollow Road in Caton during Wednesday's leg of the Blue Planet Run.
On the website for Blue Planet Run it says this:
1 out of 5 people lack safe drinking water. Right now, more than 1 billion of your fellow human beings are living without safe drinking water. The result: 6,000 deaths each day and lives filled with sickness. In fact, it is estimated that half of the hospitals in the world are filled with people suffering from water born disease.
We all can make a difference. Think about it: 1 out of 5 people. That's a pretty staggering figure.
People like Mary Claire Chervenak have made a difference and I hope that this article will help make a difference too.
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