Courtney has been kicking my ass as a runner for many years - and now, as many of you know, she is in charge of raising money for the Gazelle Foundation, which helps people in Burundi get access to clean water. So for the first time since high school, I'm going to try to run 10 miles all at once (kinda pathetic, I know) — and hopefully raise some money in the process for the Gazelle Foundation. I am amazed that by running 10 miles, I can help one person have access to clean water for life, which only costs about $25 because of the way the Gazelle Foundation works with locals in Burundi.
If I can raise $1,000, that'll be water for 40 people, for life.
So that's my goal. Please chip in if you're out of town — or if you're in Austin, come do the race yourself. There's a 5K, a 10-miler, and a Kids K.
It so happens that 5-kilometers is about the distance most people in rural Burundi walk to get water. On average in rural villages, they walk about 3 miles - and they have to carry it back!. By running 5 kilometers or more in the Run for the Water, or by contributing $25, you can shorten the distance a real live person in Burundi has to walk for water to just a few blocks.
When a village gets access to clean water, it has a huge ripple effect. It helps people get jobs, send their kids to school — and since women end up fetching most of the water in Burundi, it's also a big win for rural women.
If you don't know the Gazelle Foundation, it's very inspirational. The founder, Gilbert Tuhabonye, literally ran to save his life during the Burundian genocide, and he hasn't stopped making good decisions about running ever since.
So please support me on this run, with a contribution — or by running alongside me so I don't quit.