Run With Me and Save Lives


Nikki Myers, 30 Hour Famine Staff

Chicago-Promo2-300x300In high school I used to beg my mom to write me a note to get out of the Friday mile run in PE class. There were few things I dreaded more than those 6 laps on the hot, uneven, asphalt-paved parking lot. Sometimes she sent me to school with the note (err, thanks mom?) and sometimes she didn’t (probably the right choice, mom). All that to say, this next statement is a shocking one, one I never in a million years would have thought to utter…

I’m going to run a marathon. 

Yup, a marathon.

26.2 miles of asphalt.

“Why?” you might ask. My mom sure did.

Because there are 783 million people around the world who do not have access to safe water. Because more than 1,600 children under age 5 die every day from diarrhea caused by unsafe water.

In the States our days start with water—with showers, flushable toilets, and a cup of coffee. And then we go about our days, working and going to school, because time isn’t spent having to fetch water from a source four miles away. Water that would most likely make us and our families sick because it is contaminated. Our lives would be so different without this necessity of life that flows out of most of our faucets every day.

With 30 Hour Famine, we talk about the necessity of food for those around the world and its importance to the lives of children and families. Food and water are intricately related. And so I’m running the Chicago marathon with Team World Vision on October 12. Every mile I run that day, I will raise $50, which is what it takes to provide clean water to one person for life through World Vision water programs.

And… I would love for you to run with our team. Are you ready to take on a challenge that will change the lives of 26 people ($50 per mile = 26 people get clean water) forever? A challenge that would probably change your own life as well?

We would love to have you join. If you are interested then go ahead and click here.

If you think this is crazy talk, here are a few arguments to combat what you might be feeling right now…

“I am not a runner and have never run a marathon before!”

Me neither. I do not consider myself a runner and neither do the 80% of people who run with Team World Vision. We can all be new in this together.

“At 50, this was one of the most challenging and rewarding experiences of my life. The support of Team World Vision made a marathoner out of a non-marathoner.” -–Mike from NC

“I’m terrified of the challenge.” Yup, me too. But we are going to build a community across the miles that we can use to support each other through the training. We will celebrate the good runs together, rant about the bad and help keep the focus on kids who need clean water.

“I don’t know how I’ll raise $50 per mile.” Don’t worry, we’ll give you fundraising tools to make it easier. We bet you know enough people who will be inspired by your challenge and the cause and will donate.

Ready now? My colleague Katie and I are starting a team within Team World Vision of Famine alumni (students and leaders) and college students who want to provide clean water by running the Chicago Marathon. Once you join our team, we’ll add you to a Facebook Group where we’ll be encouraging each other.

Need more convincing? Email me and I will be happy to talk to further!