Running for Clean Water

I’m training for the Kansas City Marathon to raise money for World Vision’s clean water initiative.

It’s quite possibly the least efficient fundraising strategy I’ve ever tried. Considering the time involved in training, recovery and fundraising it feels like I’ve raised about 25 cents per hour. Fortunately, I don’t think that’s the way we’re supposed to measure success.

I would do the running anyway because I love it and it keeps me mentally and physically healthy. Raising money gives the running even more meaning.

On my trip to the Omo River Valley in south central Ethiopia, I saw the dire need for clean water, for jobs, and for Jesus. World vision does amazing work - addressing people's physical needs and also sharing the hope of the Gospel. I'm running with Team World Vision to help provide life-changing clean water to children and communities in Africa.

Nearly 1,000 children under age 5 die every day from diarrhea caused by contaminated water, poor sanitation, and improper hygiene. But we believe the global water and sanitation crisis can be solved within our lifetimes. 

Running has long been an important part of my own journey of following Jesus and finding healing from depression. Running is when I think, pray, release tension, enjoy nature. By running the KC marathon with WorldVision, I can use the gift of running to bless others as well.

Would you consider joining me to support World Vision’s quest to bring clean water and Gospel hope around the world? Click here to donate.