Man to Run 15 Hours to Give Water to Children in Need


In honor of the longest day of the year, a man will run from sunrise to sunset to raise money for Team World Vision, a running organization that helps children in Africa receive clean water.

Monday is the first day of summer, and also known as the longest day of the year. A man named Rusty will participate in the Longest Day Marathon, where he will run for 15 hours on Wilson Avenue Track by Montrose. Rusty is asking for pledges for every mile he runs.

“Montrose track has a bathroom, shady spots off to the side and a drinking fountain right there so while I may stop to stretch or rest when necessary I will not leave the track during the 15 hour run,” Rusty said on the event website.

On a trip Kenya, Africa last year, Rusty met a woman named Jen Kipsang, who has worked to bring clean water to her community for 30 years. Kipsang is Rusty’s inspiration for the run, he said, and he hopes to raise more money than ever before.

Nearly 1,000 children under 5 die every day from diarrhea caused by dirty water, poor sanitation and improper hygiene, and World Vision provides a new person with clean water every 30 seconds as part of its solution to poverty.

To pledge for Rusty’s run, click here. He anticipates he will run between 50 and 75 miles in the 15 hours, and has pledged $5 per mile himself to the cause. Fleet Feet Sports is also supporting Rusty by donating 10 percent of proceeds from every hydration product purchased through the store this weekend.

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Holly's running career began in high school; after being bummed about not making the volleyball team her sophomore year, she decided to join some of her middle school friends on the cross country team. She also did track in the fall, where the 1600 m race was her niche. Since then, she has run several shorter distance races and two half marathons. Her goal for 2017 is to try a triathlon, and eventually do the Chicago Marathon. She graduated from Illinois State University in May 2016 with a degree in journalism. Working at Chicago Athlete, Holly has been able to explore photography a lot more, which is one of her main hobbies. She enjoys taking photos at endurance races, and is also passionate about nature photography and portraiture.