100 Marathons in just One Day #RunningDry Campaign #WaterCrisis We speak to global leader #MinaGuli
Mina Guli is a global leader, entrepreneur and adventurer that is passionate and committed to making a difference in the world. Her career as a climate change leader spanned 15-years and that led to Mina establishing Thirst – a non-profit that is solving the water crisis by changing the way we think about water.
To highlight the global water crisis, in 2016 Mina completed the 7 Deserts Run — running the equivalent of 40 marathons across 7 deserts on 7 continents in 7 weeks.
A self-confessed “non-runner”, Mina told the stories of some of those affected by the crisis during the run. The success of the expedition encouraged Mina to undertake the 6 River Run in support of the UN’s Sustainable Development Goal 6.
She ran 40 marathons in 40 days down 6 of the world’s great rivers on 6 continents. With media coverage around the world, including on CNN, BBC, ITV, ABC and CCTV, Mina’s messages about water have reached more than 4 billion people, inspiring a generation of water heroes.
Mina has been recognised for her leadership: she has been named a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum, one of Australia’s most influential women, and by Fortune Magazine in 2016 alongside Angela Merkel, Jeff Bezos, Tim Cook and the Pope as one of the 50 greatest leaders in the world.
Sunday 27th January 2019 is a big day for #RunningDry – “We’re attempting what would have seemed impossible at the beginning of this campaign: 100 marathons in just 1 day. But I really believe we can do it… Together.”
“For those who aren’t natural marathon runners (and I would count myself in your company!) here are 4 ways to make up a marathon.”
1. 2 x 21km�For those of you who have attempted half marathons before, grab a buddy and run a half marathon on Sunday! Two people can easily clock off the necessary 42.2km.�
2. 4 x 10.5km�Casual weekday runners usually clock 10.5km. If four runners band together, that makes 42km – if one could add in a quick 200m sprint, that’s a marathon.�
3. 7 x 6km �Did you know that the average distance women in Asia and Africa walk for water every day is 6km? So Gather together a group of friends and go for a 6km walk – it’ll probably only take an hour or two, and if there are 7 of you together you’ll have walked a marathon. Just one person then needs to add to that 200m sprint to make up the 42.2km marathon!�
4. 21 x 2km�Mina has been touched by the amount of children who have shown up for #RunningDry campaign by offering their support and donating their distance. So even if your child can only walk 2km, that’s still 2km for water – 2km closer to our goal of 42,2km for the marathon on Sunday. If you gather all your friends and their children together, you could all go on a walk for water. You could make it fun and talk about water saving and the importance of making every drop count along the route… Make it a fun family event because the future belongs in the hands of our children.�
Most importantly: please share share share. The whole point of this challenge is to spread awareness of the global water crisis as far and wide as we can. Share on social media, share on WhatsApp, share on email and in person. Just remember the simple rules so we can track your donation: walk or run any distance, take a photo and post it to social media with the hashtag #RunningDry.
Mina and #RunningDry are proudly supported by Colgate and Reebok, as well as the UNESCO World Water Assessment Programme. Other supporting organizations include the Global Water Partnership and the UN Development Programme.
ABOUT MINA GULI
The founder and CEO of Thirst
To find out more about the #RunningDry campaign and to log your kilometres, visit Mina’s social media pages.