Running for Water (Team World Vision race recap)

South Sudan, noted in blue, in East Africa

South Sudan, noted in blue, in East Africa

This past weekend I ran in the world’s largest relay race for the world’s youngest nation. Your giving has been tremendous and inspiring.

9,233.

That’s how many new people in South Sudan can now receive life-changing clean water! I’ve mentioned their plight before. The needs are real, yet there is so much we can do!

In this audio update on Sunday, I gave a recap of the race, some of the challenges, and the special experiences with like-minded runners, all of which traveled to Oregon at their own expense to run an epic relay race together. We are team members of a global group wanting to see the water crisis solved in this lifetime.

Did you know that access to clean water cuts the child mortality rate in half?

Clean water makes children survive and thrive past their fifth birthday!

As of this moment, a total of $461,686.05 has come in for this year’s Hood-to-Coast relay fundraiser with Team World Vision (ten teams of twelve runners). As one of the members of this “family of missionary servants” (that’s us, the Renew Church family), I ran representing us, for the sake of those in East Africa. My charge to many was simple: I promised to run hard, really hard, if they would give fifty dollars to support another child in Africa to receive water.

Truly, the impact has been much larger. The water projects funded through my earlier triathlon fundraiser ($3,000) could be expanded. Simply put, the figure above doesn’t include what’s been given to my personal project. In fact, most of my teammates on the “Water Warriors” have other Team World Events they are fundraising for (such as the Chicago Marathon and Ironman Wisconsin).

The modest total for my two races has reached $4,600 so far. We’re hoping to get to $5,000 at least, which will provide clean water for one hundred more in East Africa! (The first Team World Vision fundraising race was a triathlon on Father’s Day.)

Collecting water in South Sudan

Collecting water in South Sudan

Listen in as I give a race recap…

Some photos:

Team Water Warriors

Anton and Billy cheer on the Water Warriors at the starting line (Timberline Lodge on Mt. Hood)

Lopez and Steve start

U.S. Olympian runner Lopez Lomong representing his native people of South Sudan with great joy at the starting line. Lopez was once one of South Sudan’s “Lost Boys,” and fled with his brothers on a three day continuous run away from the militia he was recruited to join. He’s now an ambassador with Team World Vision to raise funds for their good future.

Team World Vision » Hood-to-Coast

Ten teams of twelve (plus drivers). All smiles and each team is ready to run 198 miles to Seaside, Oregon.

Handing off the baton after first leg of three. Each runner does three legs, for a total of thirty-six unique legs. (My average paces were 6:44/mile for leg 7; 7:16 for leg 19; and 6:13 for leg 31.)

Handing off the baton after first leg of three. Each runner does three legs, for a total of thirty-six unique legs. (My average paces were 6:44/mile for leg 7; 7:16 for leg 19; and 6:13 for leg 31. Past 105 people and was resolute in not letting anyone pass me. 😉

Finishline in Seaside

Windstorm wrecked the finish line in Seaside, but could not put a damper on our joy for raising funds for South Sudan!

Team Water Warriors arrived in Seaside just ahead of thirty-hour goal (29:55), stoked to raise money for South Sudan!

Team Water Warriors arrived in Seaside just ahead of thirty-hour goal (29:55), stoked to raise money for South Sudan!

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