13.11.2018 - Natural Sciences Sector

100 Marathons in 100 days: runner Mina Guli spotlights global water crisis

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Water advocate and ultra-runner Mina Guli is lacing up her running shoes to call attention to the global water crisis by running 100 marathons in 100 days for one reason – water.

Mina Guli, dedicated to run 100 marathons in 100 days. Her goal is to raise awareness on the global water crisis, and to the importance of water in general. Mina’s challenge started on 4 November with the New York Marathon. Following this, she runs across Europe, China, Australia, India, the Middle East, Africa, and South America, before finishing her 100-day run in the United States in February.

"The 100 marathons in 100 days is an initiative to show what it means to be 100% committed to something. We have a global water crisis. We are facing a crisis we have never faced before, which is going to affect every single one of us in ways we cannot comprehend. We cannot simply sit back and watch these problems unfolding, and most importantly, we cannot allow the next generation to inherit the problems that we helped create. Therefore, I want to show what it takes to solve this problem, by showing that each one of us is capable of making changes. I want to show that you don't have to be anyone to be someone."

On 10-16 November Mina Guli will run in Italy and the UNESCO WWAP team in Perugia, that strongly supports this initiative, will join her. Mina will run a marathon in the surroundings of Perugia on November 14th. On her route she will visit a primary school of Perugia, where she will be telling stories of her on-route adventures to the kids. At the end of the run, she will cross Assisi and meet with Padre Enzo Fortunato to whom environmental protection and awareness on these issues are of great concern.

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