Australian water activist, Mina Guli is running 2,620 miles in 100 days, across 6 continents to bring awareness to the worlds water crisis as part of the “Running Dry” challenge. Guli is the founder of water conservation think tank Thirst.

On November 6th Guli ran 26 miles from the Thames path to Richmond, through Kingston and parts of Surrey before catching the Eurostar to Paris for her next marathon.

Guli will be traveling to countries across the globe including Ethiopia, Palestine, Uzbekistan, Peru, Kenya, Jordan, Chile, Israel and South Africa.

Guli said: “The Running Dry challenge is a global call to arms to individuals and organisations to work together to save water.

“The water upon which we all rely to live and survive is running out. The challenge is called Running Dry as we need to shock people into action by demonstrating the severity of the issue.

“We can all help to solve the world’s water crisis and my message is that individually and collectively, we can all make a difference.”

“I decided to run 100 marathons in 100 days to showcase that it is only through 100 percent commitment that we will make the changes we need to avoid a major humanitarian crisis.”

water activist runs 2620 miles in 100 days


In 2015 the World Economic Forum ranked the imminent water crisis as the single biggest threat facing our planet over the next 10 years.

The United Nations has estimated the world will fall victim to a 40% shortfall between supply and global demand of fresh water by 2030.

Only 2.5% of the water on earth is fresh and drinkable even then only 1% of our fresh water is easily accessible as much of it is trapped in glaciers and snowfields. With these figures in mind the impending water crisis seems pretty threatening!

However, Guli is no stranger to extreme challenges all in the name of water conservation. Last year she ran 40 marathons in 40 days along the worlds greatest rivers. And in 2016 she completed another 40 marathons across 7 deserts in 7 weeks.

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