2013 Global Run for the Water: Who’s in With Me?

Image: Gazelle Foundation

This Sunday, fitness fans have the chance to virtually take part in a brilliant fundraiser opportunity. The annual Run for Water in Austin, Texas has provided funds to help provide clean water for tens of thousands of Burundians. In fact, each race entry provides a lifetime of clean water for one Burundian.

The race was founded by Burundi-born Gilbert Tuhabonye, a survivor of the Burundian Civil War and an avid runner. He started the Gazelle Foundation to give back to his native country by providing clean water systems and educating Americans on the importance of clean water availability worldwide.

While the concrete Run for the Water will be taking place in Austin this Sunday, October 27th (feel free to register for the 10 miler, 5K, or Fun Run in Austin through this link), the Gazelle Foundation has teamed with up the folks at MapMyFitness to allow users of the popular fitness app to take part in the race from anywhere in the world through the 2013 Global Run for the Water. Simply record your race through MapMyFitness.

My 11-year-old son and I have signed up for the race and we’re looking forward to doing a 5K on Sunday morning right here in Colorado Springs.

Are you interested in helping out Burundians while doing your workout from anywhere? It’s easy! Sign up through this link. After registering, you will receive an email with instructions on how to set up your MapMyFitness app for the race. The virtual race costs $25 and includes a Mizuno-brand t-shirt and a two-month MVP membership for MapMyFitness.

GeekMom received two complimentary registrations to the race for review purposes.

Patricia Vollmer is the proud mother of two emerging geek sons, ages 12 & 15. She is a meteorologist with the Air Force Reserve and is currently assigned to the U.S. Air Force Academy. Patricia blogs about her family's nomadic military life at Ground Control to Major Mom. Home is always where the Air Force sends her family, which is currently in Colorado Springs, Colorado. Hobbies include running, despite no one chasing her, sharing her love for Disney and Star Wars, and exploring the world with her boys. Ask her why the sky is blue at your own risk.