Team World Vision.
A little over two years ago as I sat in a service at Missio Dei they had people from World Vision come and speak about their team that runs the Chicago Marathon. They talked about World Vision's mission and purpose, the passion that they had was inspiring to say the least. Team World Vision runs for clean water, they encourage each of their runners to raise $50 for every mile run in the marathon and $50 gives clean water to one person!! For the 2016 Chicago marathon alone there at 1750 people running, if everyone is able to achieve their minimum fundraising goal that is 45,850 people being given the opportunity to have clean water. THAT IS AMAZING!!!
The first year I heard about Team World Vision I knew that someday I needed to run for the team and for this amazing cause. So, a year later I signed up for the 2015 Chicago Marathon. It was such a different experience training for a marathon for a cause, every time I struggled I thought of the people's lives who would be changed because of the money raised through Team World Vision. By the end of my fundraising I ended up raising money for clean water for 31 people!! I was amazed by the amount of people in my life that donated and supported World Vision in their efforts to solve the clean water issue. Instead of just constantly talking about my marathon training for 4 months (which I DEFINITELY still did) I was able to pair that conversation with a conversation about World Vision and clean water. The moment I crossed the finish line of the marathon last year and celebrated with the team and heard the numbers of the funds that were raised, I decided I would not be able to run the Chicago Marathon without running for Team World Vision again.
So here we are, a year later running for Team World Vision again. I am so happy that I am dedicating another marathon to clean water!!! This year has been a tough one, the summer has been hot and humid, it's going to be my third marathon in a row within a year, and my body is TIRED. But I can guarantee that those kids walking a 6k daily to get water, that isn't even safe to drink, are hot and tired too. That's an exhausting way to live, walking daily to get water that isn't nourishing your body, I cannot even imagine that. I take water for granted every single day, I use it like its nothing, I constantly have clean refreshing water to drink, at my job I'm constantly using water to wash clients hair. I go on a run and have water fountains available to me every two miles. I'm not going to lie, I have complained far too much about marathon training this year- specifically about the humidity that we've been running in all summer. I have hardly given a thought to how truly privileged I am to have water every mile or two along the lakefront path, along with a water bottle in my hand- honestly, I'm spoiled and I don't even realize it. All the more reason to dedicate this run to clean water and NOT to myself!!! Every time I get a donation I try to remind myself during my runs what the purpose of this training is for- it pushes me to think outside of myself during a time that I can very easily be consumed with thoughts about myself, my pace, my race.
I am so happy to be spreading the word about World Vision, I am so happy to be running for clean water and I am so happy to invite all of my friends and family to join me in this 26.2 journey that goes way deeper than a race. Visit World Visions website to learn more about all of the AMAZING things they are doing all around the world: www.worldvision.org. And if anyone is interested in changing someone's life through donating to Team World Vision for the Chicago Marathon visit: www.teamworldvision.org/participant/devinsutter