Racing 38.3 miles for my 38th birthday. In lieu of presents, GIVE WATER!
Change a life. Just add Water.
- Nearly 1,600 children under 5 die every day from diarrhea caused by dirty water, poor sanitation, and improper hygiene. That’s why World Vision is providing a new person with clean water every 30 seconds as part of a whole community solution to poverty.
- Clean water frees children from deadly disease. It liberates women and children from a life spent gathering dirty water. It restores health and opens the door to education, a promising future, and a full life—the kind of life God intends. This is the water effect.
- The water effect starts with us.
I’m fundraising to provide life-changing clean water for children in East Africa. To add to the challenge, I’ll complete a half-Ironman (aka “70.3”) triathlon this Fall, hopefully as a celebration for meeting and exceeding our goals. I’m paying for the race fees and travel, donating time, talents, and treasure with joy for those in need. This is part of my contribution to the water effect.
Will you consider joining me?
I promise I’ll SWIMBIKERUN faster if you give!
The training is arduous for this endurance race, a collective five hours of suffering swimming (1.2 miles) then biking (56 miles) then running (13.1 miles), all with the hopes that together we can dig deep to provide water for 100 kids in Africa (a modest $5K).
Before the real race day there are a few special training days and races. My favorite triathlon — the Clackamas Cove Triathlon right here in Oregon City — has been canceled for this year, originally scheduled for Father’s Day. Seems like a good weekend to put in a good effort.
So, on Saturday, June 18th I’ll race against myself in a Loneliman 38.3. As as the name suggests, I’ll be swimming, biking and running alone, and the day before I turn 38 (thus 38-point-3 miles). It will be three solid hours of endurance. It’s appropriate that a morning of endurance, meditating on the needs and opportunities for those who thirst for clean water, begins in the water:
- Swim a mile in the Clackamas Cove, then
- Bike thirty-one-point-one miles through the rolling hills surrounding Oregon City and Beavercreek [85-95 minutes], then
- Run 6.2 miles as fast as I can bringing the day’s total to 38.3 miles.
Lonely Kids & Women Fetching Water
Every day hundreds of millions of people walk long lonely distances to fetch water, which often is unsafe to drink. Women and children, especially girls, are the ones tasked with this daily endurance race, one which takes them from all morning to all day! I’ll go solo in solidarity with them, and I wonder if you’ll consider joining me.
Of course, you can come out to the course starting with a swim in Clackamas Cove. Your presence is welcome; yet your generosity is especially appreciated as we erase the greatest solvable crisis on the planet: providing clean water to those who lack access to it.
- donate here to my fundraiser with Team World Vision
- Donate $38 on the occasion of the Loneliman 38.3
- Or give $50 to provide water for life for a child in Africa
- Tell your friends about this opportunity — I get no money from this; all of it goes to World Vision water projects!
The Need & the Water Effect
- Every day, nearly 1,600 children under 5 die from diarrhea caused by contaminated water, poor sanitation, and improper hygiene.
- About every minute, a child under 5 dies as a result of diarrhea caused by contaminated water, poor sanitation, and improper hygiene.
- Globally, 1 in 9 people lack access to clean water.
- Worldwide, 748 million people lack access to clean water.
- Women and children in sub-Saharan Africa spend 20 million hours collecting water each day.
*the idea for calling this event “Loneliman” came from fellow Team World Vision triathlete Eric Wetterling, who’s on the same training program, and more importantly is a man endeavoring to provide water for 200 kids for life!