Katie Spotz, clean water activist and adventurer, completed her latest ultra-endurance challenge and fundraising initiative Run4Water, which began on June 21, 2021 in her home state of Ohio. She achieved her goal of breaking the female world record for the most ultra- marathons run in a row with 11 consecutive ultra-marathons (31-mile runs) and funded 11 clean water projects in Uganda, raising $38,931 for H2O for Life. Spotz ran across the entire state of Ohio along the Ohio to Erie Trail from Cincinnati to Cleveland to complete her 341 mile journey on July 1, 2021, which ended at Edgewater Park. The challenge raised funds for non-profit H2O for Life in their global mission to ensure every child has safe water.
In 2020, Spotz became the first woman to run 62 miles nonstop across the state of New Hampshire in 11 hours, and later that year, Spotz became the first woman to run 74 miles nonstop across Ver- mont in 13 hours in preparation for the run across Maine. Run4Water marks Spotz’s 10th endurance challenge to raise money for clean water projects in developing communities around the world. Spotz came into the public spotlight during her 2010 campaign, Row For Water, where she set records by rowing solo across the Atlantic Ocean in 70 days. Her work has impacted individuals all over the world, including Haiti, the Dominican Republic, India, Honduras, Guatemala, and Nigeria. To date, 25,000 people have gained access to clean water because of her efforts.
For this 2021 challenge, Spotz partnered with H2O for Life stat- ing the organization, “Does amazing work both locally and globally, delivering water and sanitation to schools all over the world, while also helping students in the U.S. gain leadership skills, civic action experience, and see the power and ability they have to make a positive impact.”
H2O for Life Director Steve Hall stated, “Partners like Katie are helping unlock the opportunity for children around the world to live better, healthier lives. Because of her efforts, students are able to focus on learning, rather than wasting time walking and collecting water. Access to clean water, a place to wash hands, and a safe place to use the bathroom leads to a remarkable improvement in health and learning and gives hope for the future!”
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About Katie Spotz
Katie Spotz is a Christian adventurer, charitable ambassador, author, and world-record holder. Katie is the youngest person to row solo across the Atlantic Ocean and was the first person to have swum the entire length of the Allegheny River. Katie’s story has been featured on CBS Morning Show, CBS Evening News, World News with Diane Sawyer, Anderson Cooper 360, New York Times, NPR, and other media outlets. For more information, please visit: www.KatieSpotz.com or follow her on Instagram: www.instagram.com/katiespotz and Facebook: www.facebook.com/hellokatiespotz.
About H2O for Life
H2O for Life offers a service-learning opportunity designed to en- gage, educate and inspire youth to take action to solve the global water crisis by raising awareness and funds to support implementation of water, sanitation, and hygiene education projects for global partner schools. Since 2007, nearly one million students from H2O for Life schools have supported water, sanitation, and hygiene education projects for partner schools in the developing world. For more information or to get involved, please visit: www.h2oforlifeschools.org.