Mina runs marathons for action on water


Mina Guli at the North Bourke Bridge after completing her marathon. PHOTO TWH

Imagine running a marathon, or two? But who would put their hand up to run 200 marathons, in one year?

There is someone prepared to do that for a cause. Her name is Mina Guli and she’s clocking up around 8,400 kilometres to raise awareness about the global water crisis.

The campaign is called ‘Run Blue’ and the Australian leg includes 25 marathons over seven weeks through the Northern Territory, South Australia, Victoria, Queensland, and NSW.

Mina will complete another 175 marathons around the world, and the final run will take place in New York ahead of the 2023 UN Water Conference.

Mina ran one of her marathons from Bourke on Tuesday, determined to highlight the issues facing water supplies and to bring about global change, one footstep at a time.

“I came up with the Run Blue campaign to highlight the urgency of the problem we are facing, hoping to inspire action to solve it,” Mina said.

“I want to go to the front line of the water crisis, to lift the voices of the people and work on a solution. We need to take the voices of the people from the land to boardrooms and parliament. We need them to be heard and governments need to act.

“This is not my first crazy running experience though. The first was running seven marathons across seven deserts in seven weeks in 2016, which attracted a lot of attention but didn’t lead to any real action.

“My next campaign was running 40 marathons over 40 days along six of the world’s great rivers.


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