Run For Water Ultra
In 2007 the founding board members of the Run for Water Society conceptualized a unique event to be hosted in Abbotsford, British Columbia. The vision was to stage a top tier internationally recognized running event that would attract a wide range of participants and athletes and, at the same time, raise awareness - and funds - for people in the developing world who lack one of life's basic necessities - clean water. Since 2008, this volunteer board has staged an annual run which has grown to include a gala event, a race expo and extensive involvement with students who learn about what it means to become compassionate global citizens. All the funds raised - over $1,000,000 to date - go towards helping building clean water projects in some of the most remote and desolate areas of southern Ethiopia.
The Run for Water Ultra will be held on Saturday, May 30. It will be hosted and lead by Canadian adventurer and ultra runner Ray Zahab. Ray has run 1200K across the Atacama Desert, traversed Death Valley off-road, particiated in a team that broke the world record to the South Pole, and most notably, ran across the entire Sahara Desert - a feat that was documented in the film "Running the Sahara" narrated by Matt Damon. Ray is not only passionate about running, he is passionate about the causes he believes in.
The ultra is a team-based run. Runners will be encouraged to run with the team and complete the journey together. The pace will be enjoyable and inclusive.
There is no entry fee. But, this is a chance to make a HUGE difference! If you know Run for Water you know that we are all about raising awareness and funds for the more than 1 billion people who do not have access to clean water, who live in sickness and frequently die for lack of one of life's most basic needs. In order to enter the ultra, each runner must raise a minimum of $1,500. Yup, that is a lot! But admit it, everyone has 15 friends or family members who will part with $100 in support of a cause like this (or to see you run a ridiculous distance in one day).