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10 Best Running Water Bottles for 2016-2017

By Zachary Barker

Mar 30, 2016 11:43:09 AM

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Spring is here and summer will follow quickly thereafter.  Runners across the country will finally be able to bring out the proverbial guns, trading in long sleeve tech shirts for short sleeves and tanks. It can’t just be sun’s out guns out though; we’ve also got to bring out those great running water bottles to keep hydrated during hot and exhausting runs.

Since we’ll all be thirsty more often during these warmer months, here’s a list of some great handheld water bottles for runners. If you’re looking for a replacement for that bottle that’s hit the pavement one too many times or are just interested in checking out the latest in running water bottle innovation, we hope we’ll point you in the right direction. 

This product review hits particularly close to home, since we at Janji want to help solve the global water crisis with each piece of apparel bought.

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Clean Bottle Runner

$24.95

24oz

Our office mates at Clean Bottle have an awesome option in the Clean Bottle Runner. This medium-sized, handheld bottle holds an impressive 24 fluid oz and sits inside a well-ventilated pouch with pockets that fit most smart phones, keys, and a small snack or energy gel. The best part? Caps on both the top and bottom, so cleaning is super easy.

 

 

The Best “Grip-Free” Water Bottle

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$25.00

22oz

 

The Nathan Quickdraw Plus is an excellent water bottle and a fan favorite.  This bottle holds 22 fluid oz, but don’t let that weigh you down: an adjustable hand strap with a thumbhole allows for grip-free running.  Need to carry some essentials with you?  Make sure to take your iPhone, keys, cash and more in the expandable zipper pocket.  A reinforced leak-free push-pull cap will ensure you stay dry and properly hydrated on your run.

 

The Chilliest Water Bottle

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$28.00

21oz

 

Check out the Camelbak Quick Grip Chill Bottle if you need a great water bottle for your longer runs. An insulated bottle keeps your water chilled on those hot summer days while Jet Valve technology ensures leak proof transport.  If you dislike lukewarm water as much as I do, give this chiller a try. Oh, and don’t forget the extra stretch mesh and zipper pocket that will help you carry everything you need.

 

 

The Driest Water Bottle

UltrAspire Isomeric Pocket

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20oz

 

The UltrAspire Isomeric Pocket is another great handheld option for longer runs.  Although this bottle has many similar features to other products on this list, its uniqueness comes from an adjustable air mesh that keeps your hand ventilated and dry from bottle condensation.  If you’re looking for a great water bottle with sufficient pocket space, this is an excellent option

 

 

 

The Most Innovative Water Bottle

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$42.00

18oz

 

The Salomon Hydro Handset is a unique handheld bottle option.  The bottle itself is a soft flask that collapses as you drink in order to prevent liquid from splashing around inside the bottle.  Enjoy this breathable and cushioned handheld experience with elastic power mesh while avoiding the annoyance of sloshing water.

 

 

The Coldest Water Bottle (Visibility Edition)

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$35.00

18oz

 

The Nathan SpeedDraw Plus Insulated Bottle is especially useful on those really hot summer days.  The bottle’s insulation uses a double walled construction that keeps water cooler 20% longer than other insulated products.  Make sure to experience a super chilled sip by trying this bottle on your next run.  And is it a late day at the office? Try a night run and increase your visibility with the SpeedDraw Plus reflective fabric. 

 

 

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FuelBelt Sprint 10-Ounce Palm Holder with Pocket

$14.95

10oz

 

Do you normally carry the bare minimum on your runs?  Give the FuelBelt Sprint 10-Ounce Palm Holder with Pocketa try.  A 10oz water capacity and a feather like strap ensure you will have a lightweight hydration experience.  Store the essentials in the small pocket and continue your minimal running experiences with this lightbottle.

 

 

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Ultimate Direction FastDraw 10

$17.95

10oz

 

The Ultimate Direction FastDraw 10 is one of my personal favorite handhelds.  This lightweight bottle only weighs 2oz (when empty) and has proven great for races and medium-long runs.  The pocket is a perfect size for carrying a gel and keys while the Cool Wick Air Mesh is soft and moisture wicking.  As a runner who normally carries the bare minimum, I have found this bottle to be perfect for summer hydrating.

 

The Most Socially Conscious Water Bottle

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$18.00

22 oz

 

Of course the Janji water bottle is a must have, but that is a given.  You can purchase a Janji water bottle at our pop-up store on Newbury Street from March 26 until May 7.  A special thank you to our office mates, Clean Bottle, for making this product for us.  It opens from the top and bottom for easy cleaning, plush it gives six months of clean water with every purchase.  Ok, I’m done with the Janji plug. 

 

Janji: A #Runventure

By Sam Fishman

Mar 11, 2016 9:45:54 AM

Spending time running around Guatemala was an eye opening experience. From running through the vibrant markets of Chichicastenango to running along the shores of Lake Atitlan, we encountered people and places that we would have never expected. Running was not only our vehicle for change, but for discovery. It was our #Runventure.

Whether you’re attending a local race or traveling across the country, it’s a runventure. Whether you’re getting off the beaten path in your hometown, or traveling somewhere completely different, it’s a runventure. Whether you’re pushing yourself to go the extra mile, or extra 20, it’s a runventure. We want to hear about your struggles, your accomplishments. We want to hear your stories. So go forth and have yourself a #Runventure.

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KickStart: Providing Opportunities and Empowering Women

By Corina Pinto

Aug 6, 2013 9:30:00 AM

On July 2nd and 3rd, the Bush Center hosted the first African First Ladies Summit in Dar es Salaam, KickStart LogoTanzania. The idea behind this summit was simple: “Investing in Women: Strengthening Africa.” Those who attended the conference ranged from First Lady, Michelle Obama to Janji’s partner, KickStart’s CEO and Co-Founder, Martin Fisher. As the world continues to work together to end global hunger and lack of clean water, it is important that women empowerment play a key role.

During the first day of the summit, Martin Fisher was a speaker in the second panel, which discussed the importance of the role of women in agriculture. Dr. Fisher spoke about the problem African women face due to little access to resources. He began by telling a story of a Kenyan farmer named Anastasia Martin Fisher KickStart Founderthat he met last year. In 2001, her husband passed away and she was left with no income, two young children and two acres of land. Her father-in-law told her about an irrigation pump that was demonstrated in town. He promised to save enough money to help her buy a pump.

Once they saved enough for the pump, she began to grow cabbages, kale and tomatoes on her land. She was making enough profit to send her children back to school and hire a young man to work on her land. Two years later, she bought cows and began a dairy farm; soon after she was able to buy chickens and start a poultry farm. Four years after, she was able to buy a motorized pump, rent out some of her land and make enough profit to send her son to private school in Nairobi, the capital of Kenya, and her daughter to study in Denmark.

This woman’s success spawned from an irrigation pump provided by our partner, KickStart. It’s simple to see that providing clean water to someone in need brings positive impact to more than an individual, but to an entire community. There are 150,000 stories just like this one that empower women and lead to a positive impact in the most vulnerable places. These are the types of advances and triumphs that can lead to the end of the global food and water crisis.Janji Womens Kenya Shorts

With each piece of Kenya apparel you buy, you provide a growing season’s worth of water to a family in Kenya. That’s right, you help create opportunity thousands of miles away simply by buying Janji apparel. You help women like Anastasia pull themselves out of poverty and become successful enough to provide a great education for their children, all from buying a pair of shorts or a shirt. As of now, KickStart has sold more than 225,000 pumps in various countries in Africa, including Kenya!

Janji is extremely excited for KickStart’s continued success and we’re even more excited to be part of the global movement to help empower women in hopes of improving the world.

Helen Keller International: Its Goal to End Malnutrition

By Corina Pinto

Jul 10, 2013 1:36:26 PM

image002-1A few weeks ago, the UK, Brazil and the Children’s Investment Fund Foundation co-hosted a summit called Nutrition for Growth. Scientists, business leaders, governments, nonprofits and civil society attended this summit in hopes of developing a plan to end malnutrition and its effects around the world. The tagline for this event was: Preventing at least 20 million children from being stunted and saving at least 1.7 million lives by 2020.

 

One of the organizations that attended the summit was Janji’s Bangladesh partner Helen Keller International (HKI). Their participation at the conference shows the commitment HKI is making to end malnutrition around the world. At the summit, HKI promised to “refine and improve” their homestead food production model in 4 countries in Africa and Asia Pacific. Meaning image006-1that HKI will educate impoverished communities on how to grow crops on their own without relying on outside sources to provide them food. They also promised to work on biofortified cropslike orange-fleshed sweet potato in Burkina Faso and Tanzania. These crops will be modified to have more nutrients, like Vitamin A, in hopes of providing people with proper nutrition. Their promises can lead to an increase in local food production within poor countries and also lead to the development of scientific breakthroughs on new methods of agriculture.

 

Another awesome development for HKI is the $14.75 million dollar grant they received a few weeks ago from the Canadian government. The grant and the pledges made at the Nutrition for Growth summit go hand in hand. The grant money will be used to directly improveimage004 homestead production and further scientific research for better farming practices.

 

Janji is super psyched for Helen Keller International and their continued success. We are also excited to be a part of HKI’s mission to end global malnutrition. Every piece of Bangladesh running apparel provides two seasons’ worth of seeds for a family.Here at Janji, we want you to know that you are just as much a part of the fight to end the global food and water crisis as a nonprofit or government. Every piece of our running apparel helps someone in need, whether in Sub-Saharan Africa or right here in the United States.

 

As we continue to grow and evolve, our message will always remain the same: to run for another and give people the food and water they deserve. We might not have been at the Nutrition for Growth summit, but by continuing partnerships like the one we have with Helen Keller International,KickStart and others, we have image008joined the awesome group of non-profits, governments, scientists, business leaders and many others who are taking global malnutrition seriously and making a promise to end it.

Toby Tanser: Education and Shoe4Africa

By Corina Pinto

Jun 25, 2013 11:21:00 AM

In this week’s Run for Another blog, we showcase an awesome organization working in East Africa called Shoe4Africa.

Shoe4Africa works to promote AIDS awareness, educational programs, peace initiatives, health matters and women’s empowerment and it all started with a pair of shoes. Shoe4Africa has built various schools and is currently working on constructing the first public teaching children’s hospital in East Africa. Below founder Toby Tanser answers four questions about Shoe4Africa and its impact. 

1. What is Shoe4Africa? 

Toby: S4A is a volunteer project driven hobby of mine that I started back in 1995 basically by giving away a pair of running shoes.  Everything starts with something small.  Case in point Pepsi started with one bottle of fizzy water!  The name comes from a personal story that happened five years later, at the millennium but the concept is a step forward in life for where the projects are. 

2. Why is running an important sport to promote, and how can it help communities that image002participate? 

Toby: I don't see myself as promoting running, more presenting opportunity.  Running for me has had a wonderful impact on my life, and I would like to see everyone, anywhere, have the same opportunities that I had.  As the old saying goes, 'talent is universal, opportunity is not'. 

3. Have you seen a successful impact?

Toby: In the last two years there are now four great shoe4africa schools in Kenya. I was in Kenya last week giving out NOOKS to kids who have never owned a single book in their life; now they own 900-titles!  To answer your question - Yes, I think every project worker who comes from the West to the third world sees successful impact; that is a great component about helping 'hands ons'. 

4. Do you have any specific stories you would like to share that exemplify your work? 

Toby: I direct people who are interested in Shoe4Africa to visit the website and click on the Our History link.  The work is so varied and the stories so many that it changes every day for me.  But days like a grandma hoisting a pair of used running shoes up in the air as if she had won the lottery stick in my mind.  Especially when a young grand daughter watches and then starts running herself and a year later makes Kenya's national running team... Or a boy I give a pencil to, so he can attend school, who then goes and saws it in three pieces to help two equally needed friends.  It is often when we see reflections in our own life, missed opportunities, or wasted ones, that we feel most moved (I believe) doing work over in Africa. 

Link 1: http://www.shoe4africa.org/

Link 2: http://www.shoe4africa.org/content/history

Dagbé

By Eric Prileson

May 14, 2013 10:07:00 AM

In this week's Run for Another blog, we profile a fantastic organization working in Benin on the West African coast called Dagbé.

Among many goals, they strive to provide proper nutrition to children in rural Benin in the same vein as Janji's partner organizations working to end malnutrition. Their work has even begun to inspire runners to run for Dagbé in support of the organization. Below are 4 questions and answers from the Dagbé team describing the organization and their impact.

1.  What is Dagbé, and what does Dagbé strive to do?

Dagbé is a non-profit organization that strives to provide opportunity to children in crisis situations in Benin, West Africa. We provide food, shelter, clothing, healthcare, and educational opportunities to orphans, vulnerable children, and victims of abuse, extreme poverty, and child trafficking.

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2.  Tell us how Dagbé is working towards preventing malnutrition, or aiding in proper nutrition?

According to the World Food Programme, over 1/3 of Beninese households are food insecure. While this is a staggering statistic, the reality on the ground is that the number is much higher in some areas. In the rural areas of central Benin, subsistence farming is the prevalent economic activity, and most people's well-being is subject to the vagaries of the climate. Dagbé is the only organization in the region providing basic care to children in crisis situations. Our goal is not simply to feed the children, but to make sure they are receiving a proper diet. To that end, we started a poultry-farming program in 2012 to provide greater access to sources of protein and increase food security. We also hold periodic training sessions on child nutrition, health, and hygiene for mothers, to ensure that children are being well-fed at home.

3.  Have you seen successful impact so far?

Absolutely! The turnaround in the children's health has been remarkable. From eating maybe one meal a day with limited nutritional value to three meals a day, there has been a noticeable change in the physical makeup of the children. Most come to the center malnourished and quickly gain strength and weight. Additionally, mothers in town have come to see us as a resource where they can learn what to feed their children and how to keep them healthy. 

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4.  Do you have any specific stories you would like to share that exemplify your work or motivate your staff to keep going?

We last visited the center in April of this year. The best part of our trips was getting to spend time with the children. When we spoke with the children, nearly all of them brought up the healthy diet at the center.

"Before, I couldn't find meals and my brother and I were often hungry when we went to sleep. Here, at Dagbé, I eat right," was a common refrain when they were talking to us. We're amazed at how so little can go so far to changing a child's life. The programs that we implemented seem simple, but they mean so much to the children that we help. Talking to them and hearing their stories made all of the difficult moments worthwhile. We're excited about our work and hope that we can continue to make real, tangible differences in the lives of children in Benin. 

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As far as how running has played into fundraising efforts for Dagbé, that is something that I am working on!  Sebastian is the president and founder of Dagbé, and I'm his sister.  I am a stay-at-home mom of three young children, ages 5, 4, and 2.  My husband and I adopted our two older children from Ethiopia, and our youngest from the Congo.  I ran my first race, a 10K, when I was fifteen years old and loved it.  Since then I've run everything from 5K's to marathons.  When I became a mom, it was hard to figure out how to fit running into everything else I do on a daily basis...especially through Michigan winters with no treadmill and no gym membership. 

In the last year though, I've realized how much I love running and how important it is to me to make time for it.  I'm lucky to have a very supportive husband as well!  This winter I managed to keep enough base mileage to train for a spring half-marathon by getting out to run early in the morning before my husband left for work.  I ran in single digit temps, often in snow or wind or having to stop and shuffle over ice patches!  The half-marathon I chose to run was ten days after my 30th birthday. For my birthday I asked readers and friends through my blog to donate to a fundraiser for a project Dagbé had posted on purecharity.com. My goal was to raise $30 for every mile that I ran- $393 total.  At the time that I started the fundraiser, Dagbé had $430 left to raise to reach the project goal of $1500. I was able to raise $330 before the project goal was met through other donations...and to top it off, I finished my race with a new PR!  I really hope to be able to encourage more of my readers to run, and more runners to help us out with their own fundraisers for Dagbe!

Penguin Kids Fitness

By Eric Prileson

Apr 18, 2013 10:38:00 AM

In this week's 'Run for Another' blog, we're featuring an organization called Penguin Kids Fitness, a group that uses a positive message and cool products to help kids lead healthy, active lifestyles through sports.stephen sewall

Here is a brief Q & A with Founder/Owner Stephen Sewell:

1. What is Penguin Kids Fitness?

Penguin Kids Fitness develop and produce products which are designed to help children get more active at home directly through sport. Products have been designed specifically to allow children to be independent, discover the world of sport, feel comfortable playing sport and inspire their parents to support and play with their children, bringing families closer together (Simple products really can do that).

As well as designing our own products, we also promote products and services from businesses who become PKF partners and who offer products that help children to play sports and do physical activities in comfort. All our products link to the website with further information on a wide range of sports and also more details on the Partners so children and parents can discover all we have to offer and all the companies we support.

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2. What specific goal or cause is PKF striving for?

Penguin Kids Fitness wants to see sport become much more accessible and see every child be able to find a sport which they can enjoy and feel good playing. In order for sport to become much more accessible, sporting governing bodies globally need to reach out to multi-sports and sports clubs to actively support and encourage all the work they are doing and encourage them to go out and get new people involved in the sport. Clubs should also realise that in getting more people to come to them, they will have a more successful longevity and build more positive foundations as a club.

Sport is such a powerful tool for bringing people of all ages from all communities together, promoting social skills and helping younger people to learn amazing things from more experienced people. Sport should not be something that divides people as people can gain so much from it, but now more than ever clubs and organisations need to ensure that this happens. Penguin Kids Fitness wants to support and aid this but will only do so with organisations that support us, our message and what we are trying to do. A positive message goes a long way and it is vital that all organisations support and be supported by the people they work with.

3. Have you seen successful impact?
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We regularly receive messages saying that they discovered a new or different sport or that they really like our message. Over time we want to make sure everyone feels proud to say that they enjoy playing sports and are happy to walk around with a t-shirt saying "do sport with a smile" on it.

4.  Do you have any specific stories you would like to share that exemplify your work or motivate your staff to keep going?

We keep going by knowing that there is nothing that can be disputed with the message we say. Everyone should be able to enjoy playing sport. It does not mean they have to be the best, just that they wake up skipping off to a session and feeling like they have had fun doing so. With so many sports available, there is no reason why this should not be the case. That is enough to keep us going, with sprinkles of inspiration from children who have come through illness and adversity to lead normal lives. That tends to put a lump in our throat and inspire us every day, rather than thinking about any negatives which might deter us from the positive message of sport.

 

NE Distance

By Eric Prileson

Mar 7, 2013 10:26:00 AM

Q & A with NE Distance Co-founder Nich Haber

1. What is NE Distance and how does it work?

NE Distance is an athlete-in-residence fellowship program based in the city of Woonsocket, RI. Our goal is to raise the bar for elite running in New England and to gain strength by playing an important role in our community.  

We are able to provide our athletes with what they need to train including housing through apartments developed by NeighborWorks Blackstone River Valley, sports medicine from one of the best facilities in New England Foundation Performance, shoes & gear from our partner Karhu, and part-time work through agencies in the Woonsocket after-school coalition. 

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Meaningful part-time work is extremely helpful to athletes in structuring their days and provides grounding and some additional funding. NE Distance athletes all work a minimum of 16 hours a week tutoring, mentoring and coaching local youth. The community aspect of the program is equally as important as the running. 

2. What does running have to do with the causes you're working towards?

The program is designed to give athletes the 2-4 years they need to train post-collegiately to compete at the highest level. Ultimately we want our athletes to represent our community at national and international competitions.  

We believe that the lessons learned by training to be a competitive runner and working with the community are universal. Work hard and be consistent at what you want to do, and you can be successful, but you can also be a role model for the community you represent.

3. Have you seen successful impact?

Meaghan Hobson holds two school records at La Salle University in Pennsylvania. She also holds a Masters degree in Education.  She is currently training for the 800 & 1500 and working part time as a teacher's aide at Citizens Elementary and is also developing an active fitness and good sportsmanship program for elementary age kids at KidsKlubRI. David Goodman is the 2011 NCAA DII National Champion in the Steeplechase. He won the 3000m Indoor USATF New England Championship this year. He is running the fitness activities for the Thunderkids childhood obesity prevention program and tutoring and mentoring kids through NeighborWorks BRV's YouthRAP program.  

Collectively, our two current athletes are impacting over 350 kids on a weekly basis. For our athletes, Goodman has his goal set on qualifying for the USATF Nationals in the Steeplechase and Hobson is looking towards success in the 800.  

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4.  Do you have any specific stories you would like to share that exemplify your work or motivate your staff to keep going?

At the beginning of February, David Goodman was competing in New York City in the Open Mile at the Armory Collegiate Invitational. The meet was being broadcast live on Flotrack. NE Distance held a party back at the C-3 Community Center so that the kids that Goodman works with could watch his race. Whole Foods Market in Bellingham was kind enough to donate healthy snacks for the kids. Meaghan Hobson was at the party helping the kids figure out what was happening with the meet as it sometimes can look like a seven ring circus. As you can see from this video, the kids really got into it.

I feel that this party really defined what NE Distance is all about. The kids were really excited about watching an athlete they know well, who is their neighbor, and races at a competitive meet far from home.  Goodman said he knew that the kids were watching him and that motivated him for his race. He wanted to put on a good show. This race was probably his best for the indoor season and was a significant PR for him.  

We are actively fund raising to be able to sustain our program and add more athlete-in-residence fellows.  Anyone interested in supporting NE Distance can purchase "shares" in the team on our web site at www.nedistance.org.  We are a community-based distance running project.

Check out other organizations that run for another!

STRIVE Trips

By Eric Prileson

Feb 19, 2013 12:11:00 PM

Q & A with STRIVE Trips founder Tyler Andrews:

1. What is STRIVE?

STRIVE is a program uniquely designed to give high school student athletes a chance to give back to communities abroad in a service trip without missing a day of training.  Over the course of our three work programs, our goal is for our students to see the world in a new light.  We hope that each student comes away with something different from our program but still learns the values of hard work, commitment and community.  Ideally, we want to create a community of future leaders and athletes that influence, shape and change the world in positive ways.

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2. What does running/athletics have to do with the causes you're working towards?

I think it is a matter of just providing a community of people to do something greater.  If you think of the growing number of runners, people competing in marathons and other local races, a greater consciousness to healthy living, etc...these things are all contributing to a strong group of people that are seeking to do something even greater than their original intent. What is interesting is that many of the places in the world that are uniquely fit for training at high altitude are also in the heart of neglected communities that can use our help.

It’s funny, because – as a sport – running can often be viewed as a selfish endeavor as many people start running because they want to improve themselves. That’s why I think it works so well to pair running with service work – combining something that’s focused on you the individual with something that’s devoted to improving the lives of others. You can see this with companies like Janji and in the huge amounts of charity money that gets raised in major marathons. We’re just taking it a step farther and bringing the running and the service closer together. High school student-athletes are generally very driven, self-motivated, passionate people. When we can get these kids as focused on teaching Peruvian elementary school students or building a new classroom in Kenya as they are on their running, really amazing things can happen!

3. Have you seen successful impact?

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We have seen impact in many ways, but there are three ways we can see it immediately: for the communities we serve, the participants athletic careers, and the way they see the world.

On the community service side of things, the school we have been assisting in Kenya has seen their regional exam scores greatly improve in the three years we have worked with them.  The Headmaster of the school also testifies that our dedication to their school has motivated the teachers to put more energy into their lesson plans.  He notes that teacher and student attendance has improved, and more students are looking at continuing their education once they have completed 8th grade. The Physical Education teacher has seen an increase in the number of kids taking their running time more seriously.  Overall, we have improved morale in a poor community of learners.  

On the training side, we have seen a few of our past participants go on to be very competitive at the state level, with some doing well on the national level as well. STRIVE-Kenya alum Eddie Owens has even competed at the international level, making it to the Steeplechase finals at the 2012 Junior World Championships. While we realize that Strive was only one step of hundreds for these successful athletes, many other athletes have also seen their times improve and have found a new love for their sport.

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Participants have also noted that their time with STRIVE helps them see their world through new eyes, which will impact themselves personally and their communities in years to come.   Many have written back to us noting that running and STRIVE were a big part of their college essay and feel that it helped them get into the college of their choice. One of the pioneers of STRIVE is studying East African Studies while others are now in college studying education or preparing for other service-related occupations.  

Overall, our success can be summed up in any manner of ways. It can be the close to $100,000 worth of cash donations and thousands of person-hours that we and our participants have given; it can the physical development of our student athlete who go on to compete at the national level in high school and college; or it can be the personal development that our students undergo, the real changes in the way they see the world, and their ongoing commitment to service to and exploration of new cultures.

4.  Do you have any specific stories you would like to share that exemplify your work or motivate your staff to keep going?

Having been involved with STRIVE for a few years, it’s really cool for me to be able to follow some of the kids I met on our trips and watch them grow up and develop. I never worry about what our groups will be like because I know that the kids who apply to our program are applying because they are passionate and motivated and want to give back to the world.

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It’s great to spend 3 weeks with these kids over the summer, but to me, one of the most exciting things is to keep in touch afterwards and watch them flourish through high school and into college. Our trips are 3 weeks long, but because the groups are fairly small (18 kids or less) and they're usually fairly like-minded and driven people, there’s always this super-tight bond that forms incredibly quickly that doesn’t subside afterwards. There are lots of alums who say they met some of their best friends on their STRIVE trip who may have been from the opposite side of the country, but with whom they are still incredibly close. I guess that’s what motivates me the most: seeing the creation of long-lasting bonds with this new culture, service, and also with their trip-mates.

River Run for Orphans

By Eric Prileson

Feb 10, 2013 10:01:00 AM

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After a 27 year career of teaching and coaching track and cross country, Gerry Geraghty was motivated to use running as a catalyst for a social cause.  He began to organize a running event called River Runs for Orphans that would raise money to provide resources for orphans and combat malnutrition around the world. Since his first event in Durango, Colorado in 2008, there have been 16 national events that have raised $316,000 for orphan projects all throughout the world. 

River Run events have both a 1 mile and 5K runs. Young children often participate in the 1 mile run and  demonstrate their enthusiasm for the cause by  raising money through their school for specific projects such as toys for children in need.  One school even made jump ropes and sent them to a school in Kenya with girls from the Masai Tribe. Their enthusiasm is a highlight of all River Run events.

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Your city could host a River Run for Orphans event this year. All of the event directors organized a successful event without any prior experience and event planning manuals are available from Gerry. New participating cities for 2013 include Washington, D.C., Seattle, WA , and Jackson Hole, WY.  Congrats to Gerry for his drive to use running as a way to raise awareness and funds for a global issue!  

For more information, visit www.RiverRunforOrphans.org  or contact Gerry Geraghty  Hope@RiverRunforOrphans.org

Tell us how you run for another!