CAPE TOWN, January 22, 2019. Mina Guli’s vision for her 100 marathons in 100 days #RunningDry campaign was simple: to make saving water famous. Just over 2 weeks after announcing her injury on social media and completing 62 marathons in 62 days, this vision has become a reality with #RunningDry becoming a worldwide movement.
“The support I have received from around the world has been so humbling – and so inspiring,” says Mina. “I found out yesterday that my original injuries to my femur have become substantially worse!”
The global running and water communities have rallied around Mina and undertaken to complete the remaining marathons for her. They have already logged more than 8500 km of donated kilometres, which has seen #RunningDry trending on Twitter. “#RunningDry is about using the sport of running to get people around the world to pay attention to the water crisis happening around us,” explains Mina.
“I will honestly be forever grateful to every single person, young or old, walker or runner, for taking time out of their lives to help raise awareness for the global water crisis that we are facing,” says Mina. “I have always said that I want to make saving water so famous that it’s no longer the right thing to do, but the only thing to do. That dream is now becoming a reality!”
On Sunday 27 January, the #RunningDry community will attempt 100 marathons in 1 day – worldwide. 100 marathons in 1 day for 1 reason: water. To take part, supporters will simply run or walk a marathon (or part of a marathon) and log their distance on social media with the hashtag #RunningDry. The marathons will be taking place all over the world, linked together by #RunningDry. Supporters are encouraged to share water facts (available on Mina’s website) and invite their friends to join. To date, the biggest running day has logged 1800km for #RunningDry (42 marathons), so 4200km in one day is an ambitious goal – but one that Mina feels certain the community will rise to.
“There’s an African proverb that says, ‘If you want to go fast, go alone. If you want to go far, go together.’ Well, I’ve gone about as far as I can alone. The next 25 days of #RunningDry are all about collective action.”
Even more committed to the cause since sustaining her injury, Mina will be traveling to the USA from Australia, where she will be spreading her #RunningDry message, as well as meeting with communities already affected by the water crisis and water heroes searching for solutions to this crisis.