Water advocate and ultra-runner Mina Guli arrived in South Africa as part of her #RunningDry 100 Marathons in 100 Days campaign to highlight the global water crisis. In an unexpected turn of events and after some ongoing pain in her right leg, Mina walked herself to a doctor’s appointment and subsequent MRI scan, where it was discovered that she has sustained a stress fracture to her right femur.
While this would cause most people to sit back and put their feet up, Mina has pledged to continue her #RunningDry campaign at a slightly slower pace by walking in order to further highlight how critical the global water crisis really is!
“With the current water crisis every drop of counts, and now every step I take towards finishing this campaign will help highlight that,” says Mina Guli. “The world is facing a projected 40 percent shortfall between supply and demand for water by 2030 – just 11 short years from now!
“If I give up now, it’s almost like giving up on striving towards a solution to this problem and I just can’t do it.” So instead of being out on the roads for roughly five hours every day, Mina will now be completing each marathon every day in approximately nine hours – all this while still travelling around the world spreading the water message.
Upon arriving in South Africa, Mina headed straight to Beaufort West after hearing about their dire water situation. “Visiting the town of Beaufort West has been very confronting. To see, in the flesh, the effects living with no water, makes me even more determined to finish my #RunningDry campaign and help change the way we think about water,” explains Mina.
“We simply cannot take water for granted. Water is life! It is critical. We need to respect and value it,” she adds. Mina started her campaign in November, 2018, at the New York Marathon and arrived in Cape Town on 27 December to start marathon number 54 on South African soil.
While in South Africa, Mina will take the time to visit water vulnerable areas, like Beaufort West that has already run out of water, and meet with local water heroes who are doing what they can to solve the looming water crisis! The campaign has already seen Mina running through England, France, Italy, Uzbekistan and the Aral Sea, India, Hong Kong, China, Dubai, Jordan, Israel, Palestine and Lesotho.
Following her visit to South Africa, Mina will run through Australia, Chile, Bolivia, Peru and Mexico, before she completes the expedition by running across the United States to finish her 100th marathon in New York City on February 11, 2019.
“My marathons are a call to the world to join together to save water,” explains Mina. “The water we need to live, to survive, is running out. We’re calling this #RunningDry because we need to bring home the severity of the crisis we are facing.
“It is for this reason that I have chosen to do the unthinkable: running, and now walking, 100 marathons in 100 days around the world to show what a 100 percent commitment to water looks like. We can all help solve the world’s water crisis. Each one of us is able to make a difference.”
She continues: “This crisis will unfold in a series of ‘choke point’ locations around the world, created by a confluence of population pressure, irrigation agriculture and climate change. If unchecked, it will greatly exacerbate the frequency of famine, population displacement and armed conflict.
“The World Economic Forum ranks water crises among the top global societal risks in terms of impact. The impacts of these choke points will be felt globally through food and commodity supply chains, as well as security threats. Conversely, addressing this crisis head-on presents a major opportunity to promote peace in unstable regions, to manage corporate risk in key commodity supply chains, and avert humanitarian crises.”
People can follow her journey on social media where she’ll be documenting the entire expedition. Visit her website at www.minaguli.com, follow her on Facebook at @MinaGuliWater, on Twitter at @MinaGuli or on Instagram at @minaguli.