Kara Goucher, Carl Lewis and Jenny Fletcher to Participate in Live Earth Run for Water
The No. 1 ranked American marathon runner in 2009, a nine-time Olympic gold medalist and a professional athlete and fashion model are among the latest supporters teaming up with Live Earth in support of the Dow Live Earth Run for Water – the largest global water initiative in history aimed at helping solve the world water crisis.
Elite athletes Kara Goucher, Carl Lewis, and Jenny Fletcher have announced their participation in the April 18, 2010 events, which will feature a series of 6 km run/walks (the average distance many women and children walk every day to get water), concerts and water education activities taking place in countries around the world.
Kara Goucher, Carl Lewis, and Jenny Fletcher
"I am honored to be taking part in the Dow Live Earth Run for Water event," said Kara Goucher, the No. 1 ranked American marathon runner in 2009. "As a woman, I find it distressing that millions of women and children around the world walk six kilometers each and every day to fetch safe, clean drinking water for their families. As a runner, I'm privileged to be able to share my talent and passion to raise awareness for such an important issue."
Water scarcity is an issue affecting countries, communities and families all over the world. One in eight people don't have access to safe, clean drinking water. Eighty-eight percent of diarrheal cases worldwide are linked to inadequate and unsafe water. These cases result in 1.5 million deaths each year, mostly among children under five. In these areas, women and children are forced to walk 6 km (3.7 miles) each day to secure water that is likely unsuitable for drinking.
"Committing to participate in the Dow Live Earth Run for Water is something everyone, everywhere can do," said Carl Lewis, a nine-time Olympic gold medalist. "With every step, the Dow Live Earth Run for Water will empower the global community to get fit, while taking action to help solve this important environmental issue."
Visit http://liveearth.org/run to register for the Dow Live Earth Run for Water.