Saturday, February 20, 2010

Fit-Event: Run for Water Brings Goucher, Lewis and Fletcher

Last year on April 18, Kara Goucher was prepping for one of the biggest run-downs of her life at the 113th Boston Marathon. But when April 18 rolls around this year, she won't be in Beantown prepping for the infamous race. She'll be running but for a difference cause: the Dow Live Earth Run for Water. Goucher joins nine-time Olympic gold medalist Carl Lewis and model Jenny Fletcher as the latest famous faces to latch onto the largest global water initiative to help solve the world's water crisis. The trio will be participating in the April 18 events, which include several 6K run/walks--the average distance women and children travel daily to fetch water--and concerts and water education activities.

“I am honored to be taking part in the Dow Live Earth Run for Water event,” Goucher says. “As a woman, I find it distressing that millions of women and children around the world walk six kilometers each and every day to fetch safe, clean drinking water for their families. As a runner, I’m privileged to be able to share my talent and passion to raise awareness for such an important issue.”

It's easy for you to participate in the day's events and help the cause, too. Register to run through The Active Network and 10 percent of the registration fee goes directly to the NGO selected for their country. Participants receive a free ActiveTrainer plan to prepare for the race. Or you can step up and organize a Friends of Live Earth event in your community if one isn't already available, save water through conservation efforts at home and in the community, donate to water projects, or sign a petition to add water as a basic human right to the U.N. Declaration of Human Rights.

Even if you're going to miss Goucher's prowess in Beantown, she and others world wide will be making a difference that weekend. And the concerts in conjunction with the event--Rob Thomas, Collective Soul, Melissa Etheridge and Sam Moore are a few performers--will also be legendary.
Photo grabbed from Live Earth.

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