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World walker to hold Edwards book signing

Sarah Mausolf
Vail correspondent
Aspen, CO Colorado

Polly Letofsky crosses the border into Malaysia during her walking trip around the world. She will be signing copies of her book, "3 MPH," Wednesday night at E-town.

EAGLE COUNTY – Polly Letofsky walked through riots in India.

She traipsed through a forest fire in Australia and wandered past pro-Bin Laden T-shirts in Malaysia just after 9/11.

Now, the former West Vail resident is sharing stories from her 14,000-mile walk around the world with readers. She will be signing copies of her book, “3 MPH: The Adventures of One Woman’s Walk Around the World,” Wednesday at E-town in Edwards. The event is a fundraiser for the Vail Valley Charitable Fund and Heather Markin, a 43-year-old Edwards resident who is battling breast cancer.

Raising awareness for breast cancer was Letofsky’s main mission during her trip around the globe.

“Breast cancer does exist all around the world,” she said. “It bonds women around the world, whether it’s the little villages of India or the big cities like New York City. It’s everywhere.”

Letofky’s adventure took her to 22 countries on four continents. She started the walk in Lionshead in 1999 and finished in the same spot in 2004. She became the first American woman to walk around the world. After wrapping up her world tour, she sold her West Vail condo and moved to Denver. She jokes that it took her five years to walk around the world and six years to finish writing about it. Aurora-based publisher Tendril Press published the book, which was released about three weeks ago. It will be selling for $19.95 plus tax at Wednesday’s event and at The Bookworm in Edwards.