Running Water for the Living Water
November 10, 2019
Harrisburg, PA

"In so many parts of the world, water doesn't bring life... it brings death."
- Dana Cox, Running Water for the Living Water Team Organizer

Together, We Can Make a Difference!

For the 4th year in a row, we are excited to be participating in the 2019 Harrisburg Marathon on November 10th to raise money for water wells in India and other parts of the world. Many people around the world are in desperate need of clean running water. It is our desire to use this run to raise funds toward a water well, as well as show God’s love and care for His people. 

We challenge each runner to set a goal to raise $100 for every mile they run. In this case, every marathon team (up to 4 runners totaling 26.2 miles) will fund 1 fully installed, ready-to-use clean water tube well for an entire village.

There are 4 different distances that a runner can choose to run.

Leg 1 – 8.1 miles | Leg 2 – 5.3 miles | Leg 3 – 7.9 miles | Leg 4 – 4.9 miles

Runners can use the links above to get started. On average, every 5 dollars given can provide 1 person clean water for a lifetime. All businesses and individuals financially supporting our efforts will receive pictures of the water well and village impacted, as well as the GPS coordinates of the location of the well. All donations are tax-deductable. 

If you have any questions, please email Matt Riggins at or Dana Cox at

Thank you for helping us make a difference!

Past Results: 2019 Churches Represented: (goal is 50 churches)
  • 2016 - 15 runners - nearly $20,000 raised (9 water wells)
  • 2017 - 100 runners - over $70,000 raised (32 water wells)
  • 2018 - 117 runners - over $100,000 raised (40 water wells)
  • 2019 - TBD 
  1. New Life Church – New Cumberland, PA
  2. Faith Community Church of the West Shore - New Cumberland, PA
  3. West Shore E Free Church – Mechanicsburg, PA
  4. Rainbow Forest Baptist Church - Blue Ridge, VA
  5. Calvary Bible Church - Wrightsville, PA
  6. Grace Baptist Church - Lewisberry, PA
  7. Thomas Terrace Baptist Church - Lynchburg, VA
  8. Liberty Church - Brooklyn, NY
  9. Baughman United Methodist Church - New Cumberland, PA
  10. Grace Collective Church - Rock Hills, SC
  11. Bible Baptist Church - Shiremanstown, PA
  12. Hanover First Church of God - Hanover, PA
  13. St. Paul's Evangelical Lutheran Church - Walkersville, MD
  14. Grace Downtown - Winchester, VA
  15. Gospel Community Church - Lynchburg, VA


Runners or walkers, volunteers and communities raise money for every mile run by team participants to build water wells in India & Africa.

The Goal: 1 water well for every marathon run by participants (26.2 miles). This means raising an estimated $100 per mile run ($2600).





Age: The minimum age for a participant in the Harrisburg Marathon is 15 years old for full marathon participants and 13 for relay participants.

Waivers are required for runners under 18.

Start: 6:30AM – Walkers start on City Island; 8:00AM – Marathon & Relay Team Runners start on City Island. All participants should be at City Island or their relay exchange point at least 30 minutes before their start time.


RELAY Teams of 4


  • Leg 1 – 8.1 miles
  • Leg 2 – 5.3 miles
  • Leg 3 – 7.9 miles
  • Leg 4 – 4.9 miles

The first relay exchange will be on the upper level Greenbelt Path about 300 yards south of the Market St Bridge, under the railroad bridge, across Front Street from the Harrisburg Hospital.

The second and third relay exchanges will be at the PA Dental Association, which is located at 3501 N Front St, Harrisburg, PA 17110.

Teams of 2 and 3 are welcome but will not be eligible for awards.




Online Registration -

Mailed Registration- Please print registration forms from the Harrisburg YMCA webpage and mail registration, wavers, and fees in. (or click here to access registration forms)




Runners and Walkers

  • Marathon price if registered by OCT 10th - $70, Online registration code – TRW2019IND
  • Relay team price if registered by Oct 10th - $200, Online registration Code – TRW2019RELAY

*Prices increase exponentially if you do not register by October 10th.  After October 10th, relay team prices jump from $200 to $280.

Mailed Registration - To by-pass the online registration fees, individuals/teams can mail in race registration, waiver form(s), and payment to the Harrisburg YMCA. To get the discount rate on mailed registration, “Team Running Water” must be written at the top of the registration paper along with the appropriate coupon code shown above.  Make all checks payable to East Shore YMCA, Attn: Tom Gifford.




A pre-race rally will be held on the afternoon (time: TBD) of November 9th, 2019.  Here, Runners and Relay Team members can pick-up YMCA race-day packets (including race bib, shirt, & extras), as well as official ‘Running Water for the Living Water’ Race-day shirts.  Tables will be designated for both pick-ups. The pre-race rally will also include race-day information, testimonies, and much celebration.  The GRAND TOTAL of funds raised will be announced. Be expecting great things from our MIGHTY GOD, both financially and spiritually.

If Runners and Relay Teams would prefer to get their YMCA materials at the designated YMCA pick-up, this is possible as well.  YMCA pick-up times are listed below.  The YMCA states that Walkers must pick up their packets prior to Race Day. You may also pick up a packet for a friend/team member at the YMCA packet pick-up.

Friday, November 8th – 5-7:30pm, TBD
Saturday, November 9th – 11am to 4pm, TBD
Sunday, November 10th – Carousel Pavilion on City Island, 6am to 7:30am





No shuttle services are provided. The walk to City Island is approximately 1/2 mile from the Hilton Hotel, the host hotel for the 2015 race. All lanes from the East Shore (Downtown Harrisburg) to City Island on the Market Street Bridge will be closed to vehicular traffic for the start of the race, approximately 7:30AM to 8:20AM.



The most convenient place to park is on City Island. This is where the race begins. The finish is at the intersection of 2nd St/Locust St, which is about a 1/2 mile walk back to City Island across the Walnut St walking bridge.




  • Restrooms will be located at the start and finish areas, and along the course.
  • Water stations are located approximately every 2 1/2 miles.



Volunteers will be released from their stations based on a 13 minute pace and the finish line will close at 2:00PM. We cannot guarantee that you will find water or food after the course is closed. If you do not think you can complete the course by 2:00, please ask a water station volunteer to arrange for an assistance vehicle.


CONTACT - Please submit questions to Matt @ or Dana @ 




Depending on the number of miles you are running, we encourage/challenge you to set a goal of raising $100 per mile.  That should be your aim. We encourage the team captain to attempt to raise the most even if they are not running the longest leg.

Friends, family, and church members that are not participating in race are welcome to fundraise J

We have partnered with Flipcause to create our fundraising pages. Please click the “Start or Join a Fundraising Page” button above to get started. You may do the following with your Flipcause page. You don’t have to decide this while signing up, it can be changed later:

  • Create a new team – After you create a new team you can then add yourself as a runner on that team. You can be the team captain or assign another team member as the team captain, or decide those details later. We suggest using the running water for the living water logo as your team page logo.
  • Create a runner page – you can join an existing team, create a new team (see above), or not join a team at all. You should definitely add a picture.
  • Create a team goal – you can do this when creating your team. Or save the goal for later after discussing with your team. Your team goal should be at least $2600 but can be higher if you want to push yourself further.
  • Create a runner goal – we recommend your goal match the number of miles you will personally run, (run 5 miles = $500 goal) but you can make it whatever you want.

If you have any questions about Flipcause, email Matt Riggins at

Other Fundraising Ideas:

  • “Sponsor a mile” letter/Donations 
  • Business Sponsorship Letter
  • Pretzel sandwiches
  • Luncheon or Breakfast
  • Flamingo a Yard
  • Car wash



  • Volunteers will staff a drink station at the event to hand out water to participants
  • Encourage participants
  • Potential volunteers for music at water station


We Run So They Don't Have To

We run so they don't have to.



GPPD Water Well History

Global Partners has been helping provide water in India since 2011. On October 13, 2016 we dedicated our 100th water well, in January 2019 we dedicated our 200th... this is all because of friends like you who have a desire to bring help and hope to the precious people of India. Thank you so much for helping us make a difference! Learn more about GPPD Water Well Program



Global WASH (Water, Sanitation & Hygiene) Facts

The following info was found at:

Access to WASH

  • Worldwide, 780 million people do not have access to an improved water source * 2.
  • An estimated 2.5 billion people lack access to improved sanitation (more than 35% of the world’s population) 13.
  • According to the World Health Organization and UNICEF, regions with the lowest coverage of "improved" sanitation in 2006 were sub-Saharan Africa (31%), Southern Asia (33%) and Eastern Asia (65%) 2.
  • In 2006, 7 out of 10 people without access to improved sanitation were rural inhabitants 2.
  • According to the United Nations and UNICEF, one in five girls of primary-school age are not in school, compared to one in six boys. One factor accounting for this difference is the lack of sanitation facilities for girls reaching puberty. Girls are also more likely to be responsible for collecting water for their family, making it difficult for them to attend school during school hours 1314. The installation of toilets and latrines may enable school children, especially menstruating girls, to further their education by remaining in the school system.

Disease & Death

  • An estimated 801,000 children younger than 5 years of age perish from diarrhea each year, mostly in developing countries. This amounts to 11% of the 7.6 million deaths of children under the age of five and means that about 2,200 children are dying every day as a result of diarrheal diseases 4.
  • Unsafe drinking water, inadequate availability of water for hygiene, and lack of access to sanitation together contribute to about 88% of deaths from diarrheal diseases 1.
  • Worldwide, millions of people are infected with neglected tropical diseases (NTDs), many of which are water and/or hygiene-related, such as Guinea Worm Disease, Buruli Ulcer, Trachoma, and Schistosomiasis. These diseases are most often found in places with unsafe drinking water, poor sanitation, and insufficient hygiene practices 89.
  • Worldwide, soil-transmitted helminths infect more than one billion people due to a lack of adequate sanitation 10.
  • Guinea Worm Disease (GWD) is an extremely painful parasitic infection spread through contaminated drinking water. GWD is characterized by spaghetti-like worms up to 1 meter in length slowly emerging from the human body through blisters on the skin anywhere on the body but usually on the lower legs or lower arms. Infection affects poor communities in remote parts of Africa that do not have safe water to drink. In 2015, 22 cases of Guinea Worm Disease were reported. Most of those cases were from Chad (41%) 11.
  • Trachoma is the world’s leading cause of preventable blindness and results from poor hygiene and sanitation. Approximately 41 million people suffer from active trachoma and nearly 10 million people are visually impaired or irreversibly blind as a result of trachoma 12. Trachoma infection can be prevented through increased facial cleanliness with soap and clean water, and improved sanitation.


  • Water, sanitation and hygiene has the potential to prevent at least 9.1% of the global disease burden and 6.3% of all deaths 1.The impact of clean water technologies on public health in the U.S. is estimated to have had a rate of return of 23 to 1 for investments in water filtration and chlorination during the first half of the 20th century 5.
  • Water and sanitation interventions are cost effective across all world regions. These interventions were demonstrated to produce economic benefits ranging from US$ 5 to US$ 46 per US$ 1 invested 6.
  • Improved water sources reduce diarrhea morbidity by 21%; improved sanitation reduces diarrhea morbidity by 37.5%; and the simple act of washing hands at critical times can reduce the number of diarrhea cases by as much as 35%. Improvement of drinking-water quality, such as point-of-use disinfection, would lead to a 45% reduction of diarrhea episodes 7.
  • In order to meet the United Nations' Millennium Development Goal 13 to halve the proportion of people without sustainable access to improved drinking water and basic sanitation by 2015:
    • An estimated 784 million people will need to gain access to an improved water source.
    • An estimated 173 million people on average per year will need to begin using improved sanitation facilities (accounting for expected population growth) 2.
  • Even if the United Nations' Millennium Development Goal 13 for improved drinking water and basic sanitation is reached by 2015, it will still leave:
    • An estimated 790 million people (11% of the world’s population) without access to an improved water supply.
    • An estimated 1.8 billion people (25% of the world’s population) without access to adequate sanitation 15.

*An improved water source is defined as water that is supplied through a household connection, public standpipe, borehole well, protected dug well, protected spring, or rainwater collection.

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  2.  World Health Organization and UNICEF. Progress on Drinking Water and Sanitation: 2012 Update. United States: WHO/UNICEF Joint Monitoring Programme for Water Supply and Sanitation; 2012.
  3.  U.S. Census Bureau. International Programs Center: Population Clocks.
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