Over the past six years, Mina Guli has run thousands of kilometres across some of the harshest places in the world. Desserts from the Atacama to Antarctica, rivers from the Amazon to the Amu Darya. She runs to raise awareness of the water crisis, to show the urgency of the problem we’re facing and to, ultimately, drive action from each and every one of us.
This past March, on World Water Day, she started #RUNBLUE, a campaign to drive action on water in the lead-up to the UN 2023 Water Conference, which is being co-hosted by the Netherlands in March 2023. As part of this campaign, Mina, a former lawyer and now the CEO and founder of Thirst, is running 200 marathons around the world in some of the places most affected by the global water crisis.
At the NN CPC Loop Den Haag, Mina will be running her 100th marathon as part of RUN BLUE. As the longest distance offered at the Loop Den Haag is a half marathon, Guli will run 21.1km before the start of the race and then join the race to run a second half marathon to complete marathon #100.
On average, Mina runs four or five marathon a week and along the way she is meeting hundreds of people who have shared their water stories. Climate change is water change. Climate risk is water risk.
As she approaches marathon #100, Mina reflects on the significance of reaching the half-way mark of the 200-marathon campaign, but also of the significance of being in the Netherlands.
“Running my 100th marathon here in the Netherlands is significant both because the Netherlands is cohosting the UN 2023 Water Conference and because it has long been a world leader on water. That leadership will be critical in driving global momentum towards the conference and ensuring we deliver more than speeches - we deliver concrete commitments to action on water.”