Ultra-runner Mina Guli, 48, put her two feet forward for the challenge #RunningDry to encourage people around the world to change the way water is used and consumed.
‘I don’t particularly like running, the sport and running thing isn’t natural for me,’ Ms Guli told
‘But I wanted to go by foot to places that are suffering from water scarcity and tell the stories of those people,’ she said.
A Melbourne woman who has vowed to run 100 marathons in 100 days to bring attention to water scarcity has admitted she doesn’t like running
Ultra-runner Mina Guli, 48, put her two feet forward for the challenge #RunningDry to encourage people around the world to change the way water is used and consumed
Ms Guli’s started her challenge at the New York City Marathon on November 4 2018 and she has since continued to jet across the world.
The water advocate recently returned to Australia from marathon 62 in Cape Town, South Africa, where residents are warned they will one day brace empty taps amid a dire water situation.
Ms Guli also hit a wall during her time in South Africa after being diagnosed with a stress fracture in her right femur.
The devastating prognosis revealed her injury would become permanent if she continued to run.
Ms Guli was adamant her campaign would come to a heartbreaking end before realising how widespread her messaged had been received.
Ms Guli said the response from people around the world willing to run in her place had blown her away
‘I thought the campaign was over, and then I started to get messages from people saying ”we’ll take your miles – if you can’t run we’ll run”,’ she said.
Ms Guli said the response from people around the world willing to run in her place had blown her away.
Last weekend, 70 runners competed at a race in Cape Town to give their kilometres to Ms Guli’s campaign.
She was due to run in the Australia leg of the campaign until mid January but has been forced to opt out due to her injury.
Ms Guli’s Australian leg starts in Sydney before moving to Mudgee, Gilgandra, Dubbo, Cowra, Wagga Wagga and onto Melbourne in January 17.
The campaign finishes where she started, in New York City on February 11
The campaign then moves back abroad to Chile.
Ms Guli, who hopes to speak with the Morrison government about her campaign, has been named a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum and is the CEO and founder of Thirst.
While Ms Guli recovers from her injuries she needs 42.2km tallied by a global community of runners to reach the target of 100 marathons in 100 days.
The campaign finishes where she started, in New York City on February 11.