5K Walkathon

June 25, 2022

Liberty State Park

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H₂Ow Far Can You Walk: 5K Walkathon

Walking for water is a daily reality for the 700 million people in 43 countries who live without access to a nearby source of clean water, a necessity of life and a basic human right. For many people, having a refreshing glass of water is as simple as walking over to the sink and filling a glass with treated, safe water from the tap. For hundreds of millions in sub-Saharan Africa, however, the situation is much more complicated. There, water sources for many villages are potentially dangerous – unprotected lakes, rivers, and ponds which can host parasites and other diseases – or distant, involving long, physically taxing daily journeys for water-fetchers, who are typically women and young girls. On average, women and girls fetching water walk more than 3.7 miles (6 kilometers) per day to find a suitable water source, risking physical injury and taking valuable time away from education and child care. All of this contributes to poor health and poverty in this part of the world.
  • An estimated 17 million women and children in Africa must walk at least 30+ minutes per day to fetch water, often making multiple trips each day. At a normal walking pace on a flat surface in good weather conditions, it would take about an hour for the average adult to walk the 6-kilometer average daily distance. But fetching water is a much more arduous task: these walks take place on unpaved roads, under the scorching hot midday sun, and can involve climbs up steep hills and mountains. Every hour spent walking is an hour not spent in the classroom, taking care of one’s children, or pursuing other opportunities.
  • And that’s not even factoring carrying the actual water! Each gallon of water weighs about 8.5 pounds; that’s barely enough drinking water for two people per day (with none left over for bathing, cooking, agriculture, feeding animals, or any of the other crucial ways water can be used). Usually, women and girls carry 8 gallons – 68 pounds – over long distances every day, physically-demanding labor that can lead to chronic neck and back injuries.
  • Nearly 2 million people die worldwide every year from preventable diseases resulting from the use of contaminated water. And millions more who survive these diseases have lesser quality of life, need extra medical care, or face additional health challenges.
  • Every two minutes, a child dies from a waterborne disease. The second-most common cause of death for children under the age of 5 is diarrhea, typically caused by consuming contaminated water.

How Embrace Relief Helps

Through our Clean Water Campaign, Embrace Relief is providing fresh, clean drinking water to more than 500,000 people every day in Africa. We’ve funded the construction of 500 water wells in the countries of Chad, Cameroon and Nigeria, tapping into the plentiful amounts of fresh groundwater which cannot be accessed otherwise. Additionally, our “Fountains of Hope” project has reconstructed 50 non-operational wells, restoring clean water access to even more people and villages. Happily, our wells are making significant positive impacts. First, they provide clean, drinkable water. That’s crucial for people to live healthy lives free of diseases or thirst. Secondly, each new well built by Embrace Relief reduces the distance people must travel to transport water back to their homes. This is particularly important for the women and young girls who mostly perform this back-breaking labor: carrying heavy water containers can result in physical injuries like back and neck problems, and takes time away from taking care of families or attending school. And thirdly, our wells are an economic and productive boon for the communities where they are located. In desert climates that remain dry outside of a brief rainy season, water provided by Embrace Relief’s wells allow villagers to grow fruits and vegetables year-round, promoting healthy eating while also creating a surplus that can be sold or traded for other goods. Every well we build or refurbish makes life a little bit better for an entire community of people. We’re ready to build even more, and that’s where you come in…

How YOU Can Help End the Global Water Crisis

Whether in-person or virtually, please join us on June 25, 2022, at the Liberty State Park at 7:30 AM for our family-friendly H2Ow Far Can You Walk: 5K Walkathon to recognize those struggling from lack of access to clean water in sub-Saharan Africa. Walk with us to raise awareness about the increasing water crisis in Africa. Walking 5K is only a mere glimpse into what millions of people in Africa must do everyday for this fundamental right. Even better, a portion of your registration will go towards achieving Embrace Relief’s goal of reconstructing 250 more no-longer-operational water wells throughout the region. Registration for the Walkathon will be at three different tiers. The higher the tier, the more swag for you:
  • Tier 1 – Pillars of Hope ($15): T-shirt
  • Tier 2 – Champions of Service ($25): T-shirt, bracelet, lanyard/medal, sticky wallet OR pop-socket, water bottle
  • Tier 3 – Builders of the Future ($30): All items from Tier 2 PLUS a drawstring backpack, print paper certificate, and a pen/notebook OR sweat towel
By attending this event you will provide 14,000 gallons of clean drinkable water and save lives in Africa. Additionally, you can also donate directly to support well reconstruction efforts or create your own Group FUNdraising project with your family, friends, and colleagues:
  • Donation of $250 or more: Your preferred name will be displayed on our website under our list of donors.
  • Donation of $500 or more: Your preferred name can be on a splash graphic on our website under our list of donors.
  • Donation of $1300 or more: Your preferred name can be displayed on signage next to the water well whose reconstruction you helped fund.
Not only can you help us save lives, you can help us improve hundreds of thousands of people’s lives and send them on the path toward sustenance, economic growth, gender equality, and happiness! Every $1 you donate will provide 2020 gallons of water. Quite simply, water is life and YOU have the power to supply it to those who desperately need it today!



June 25, 2022


Registration 7:30 AM
Event Start 8:30 AM

Ticket Prices

Tier 1 – Pillars of Hope ($15) Tier 2 – Champions of Service ($25) Tier 3 – Builders of the Future ($30)

Event Categories:

Walkathon, 5k


Liberty State Park 30 Audrey Zapp Dr Jersey City, NJ 07305


Embrace Relief