Mina Guli is an Australian lawyer who runs for every person that uses water.
There’s one little thing:
she doesn’t like running. On a scale of 1-10 she give running a 1.
Nevertheless, Mina ran 40 Marathons across 7 Deserts on 7 Continents in 7 weeks.
Well, she had a bigger goal that kept her going: She ran 40 marathons to represent the 40% shortfall in the supply of water which is forecast by 2030. “My runs are a call to the world to join together to save water. The water we need to live, to survive, is running dry.”
Her work introduced her to the world of climate change and the global water crisis unfolding.
And running seemed to her a great way to go and see the scale of the problem herself, to talk to people, hear and learn from their stories firsthand how water and the shortage of it impacts their daily life.
“I remember vividly the water aspect of what I was doing. I have completely forgotten and liberated from my brain the pain that I went through,” Mina says about her 7 weeks of running across deserts.
A non-runner runs 7 weeks straight and forgets the hell she went through?
How did that happen?
Well, in the end, what really drives us is how much we really want it.
Mina made it her life’s work to help solve the water crisis and launched the charity Thirst in 2012. What started as a crazy idea became a movement that reached hundreds of thousands of kids, parents, teachers and government officials.
In support of raising awareness about Global Goal 6 (water), starting on World Water Day (22 March 2017), Mina ran down six of the world’s great rivers, on six continents in just six weeks.
This expedition consisted of 40 marathons in 40 days to highlight the water crisis, and to showcase how our consumer behavior links us to some of the major water issues in the world – even those not on our own doorsteps.
And then Mina started to dream real big:
100 marathons in 100 days
On November 4th 2018 she ran the New York City Marathon, the first of 100 marathons Mina would run around the world. After 62 marathons in 62 days, Mina ran so hard she broke her leg… But that didn’t stop the Running Dry movement – it made it stronger. With help of this worldwide community, Mina completed her mission nevertheless.
#RunningDry is a call to each of us to save water and to join together to change the way that we all use, consume and think about water.
Water for All
On World Water Day 2019 the theme is Leave No One Behind. Still recovering from her 100-day journey, Mina covered some miles with crutches, accompanied by a group of kids. And she invites you to join too!:
Gather a group of friends and go for a group run. Leave no one behind! If we all unite together to raise awareness of the global water crisis, we can make a difference. Don’t forget to post your pics on social media on Friday 22nd March 2019, using the hashtags #RunningDry and #WorldWaterDay.
“We want to show how we are all connected. The act of running or walking for water shows that you care about the issue. And we know that when people step up to run for water that they think about the issues and discuss the campaign with their friends,” Mina explained.
“If we start to create limits based on our assumptions of what is and isn’t possible without trying, then we’ll never solve any global problems because it will always be too big and too challenging,” Mina says.
Her running projects capture the world’s media attention and help to spread the message and she was named on Fortune’s list of the 50 greatest leaders in the world. So this is where running for a reason can take you…
Mina Guli is not the one and only running to raise awareness for the Water Crisis.
Running the Sahara
In 2007, Charlie Engle and two other ultra-runners covered 72 kilometres a day for 111 consecutive days, across the Sahara.
“When I decided to run across the Sahara Desert with Ray Zahab and Kevin Lin, I knew it would be a life changing expedition. But I could never have known that, in many ways, my life would be defined by this run and the film about the journey. While running more than 4,500 miles across Africa was a difficult physical challenge, we were buoyed daily by enlightening encounters that opened our eyes to the people and the culture of the Sahara. I am most proud to be a co-founder, along with Matt Damon, of H20 Africa (now Water.org), which raised more than 6 million dollars for clean water projects in the region. This is the true legacy of our historic expedition,” Charlie says.
In 2007 the founding board members of the Run for Water Society conceptualized a unique event to be hosted in Abbotsford, British Columbia. The vision was to stage a top tier internationally recognized running event that would attract a wide range of participants and athletes and, at the same time, raise awareness – and funds – for people in the developing world who lack one of life’s basic necessities – clean water. Since 2008, this volunteer board has staged an annual road race and now additionally organizes trail runs and gravel grind events.All the funds raised – over $4,000,000 to date – go towards helping building clean water projects in some of the most remote and marginalized areas of Ethiopia.
In 2016 participants of the Impact Marathon in Nepal built a 5km pipeline that brought clean drinking water to the village all year round – it was a touch mental but an awesome impact. It was the beginning of the annual Impact Marathon Series, a group of individuals coming together as one amazing community. Set on changing the world through running, set on unleashing the #powerofrunning.
World Water Day – March 22, 2019
World Water Week – August 25-30, 2019
Run for the Water Austin, USA -November 3, 2019
Water is life run Arizona, USA – September 2019
Running for water charity Netherlands