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June 1, 2007

Around the World in 95 Days

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"I do not perceive this as something I must do, but something I am compelled to do," Laurel Dudley tells Blue Planet Run Foundation.

For Laurel Dudley, a 26-year-old ecotourism guide and fellow in the East West Center's Asia Pacific Leadership Program, Blue Planet Run is the perfect outlet for her interest in travel and global issues. Born in Vermont and currently living in Honolulu, Hawaii, Laurel has followed her wanderlust all over the world, spending time in France, Gambia, Taiwan, Mali, Morocco, and Vietnam.

The issue of sustainability and water usage strikes a chord with Laurel, having experienced the benefits of a newly installed water pipe while in Mali. She recently participated in a conference in Vietnam on sustainable development, and stresses the importance of taking interest in the well-being of those around the world.

A runner for 10 years, Laurel couldn't wait to participate in Blue Planet Run, and combine her passions for running, travel, and promoting sustainable development.


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