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July 24, 2007 > The 2007 Blue Planet Run

The 2007 Blue Planet Run

Submitted By Nilesh Doshi, Heena Nandu, Alysha Crouse, Kaplow

The Jain Center of Northern California (JCNC) is hosting a Blue Planet Run baton passing event at Jain Bhawan on August 2nd, 2007 between 7:00 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. This event is being held to raise the awareness of and funds to deliver safe drinking water to the 1.1 billion people who currently do not have it.

On August 2nd the team of twenty international runners who have been running around the world non-stop since June 1 will run through Milpitas. The runners, representing 13 countries, include a renowned jazz musician, a Scottish gardener, a champion marathoner, and an Indian from Bangalore - Sunila Jayaraj. Upon arrival on August 1 in San Francisco from Tokyo, the team will have covered more than 10,000 of the 15,200-mile journey that will take 95 days to complete. Blue Planet Run team members run individual 10-mile (16-kilometer) shifts, passing the relay baton between each other as they seek to bring the global water crisis to the world's attention.

1.1 billion people, 1 out of every 5, do not have access to safe drinking water for their daily consumption. This results in illnesses that fill up half the world's hospital's beds and the death of 6,000 people every day. In addition, women and children, mainly girls, spend hours every day hauling water for kilometers. The 2007 Blue Planet Run is the world's longest run; the stamina and perseverance of the runners symbolizes the stamina and perseverance needed of our society to solve this global tragedy. Blue Planet Run Foundation (BPRF) has been funding water projects for three years around the world including many in India. The Foundation states that a contribution of $30 can provide a person with safe drinking water for life. Thanks to the generous support of Dow, 100 percent of all donations to BPRF reach the field.

On August 2nd at 9 p.m., the Jain Bhawan - 722 Main Street in Milpitas - will be the exchange point where one runner will pass the baton to the next. Some of the other athletes will also be present to share their experiences and thoughts on the world's water crisis from 7:30 p.m. onwards. Sunila, the Indian runner, will be present to talk about his work and research on water issues in India and also about his running experience through Europe and Asia. Rajesh Shah, of BPRF and leader of the Peer Water Exchange, will be present to talk about the crisis in India and the water projects he has overseen, and the work remaining to be done. From the Bay Area, the Run continues on to Los Angeles and enters Nevada on August 7.

BPRF baton exchange
Thursday, August 2
7 p.m. - 9:30 p.m.
Jain Center of Northern California
722 South Main Street, Milpitas
Nilesh Doshi, JCNC, (408) 592-7555
Heena Nandu, JCNC, (408) 245-0924
Alysha Crouse, Kaplow for Blue Planet Run, (646) 747-3598

For more information about Blue Planet Run Foundation (BPRF) or to make a donation, please visit and to learn about the projects and partners visit PWX at

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