Posted at: 06/05/2013 8:43 AM
By: Scott Doane
Runners might be used to doing a 5k race. But this weekend, folks will be out running an extra kilometer for a good cause.
The first ever 6k For Water takes place Saturday at 9:30 a.m. in Duluth's Lester Park. Organizer Matt Scott stopped by Good Morning Northland Wednesday to talk about this unique event.
The event is hosted by the group COME UNITY. It is ran by Scott's sister. He said the 6k run-walks originated in Pennsylvania. Since 2007, COME UNITY has raised nearly $80,000 towards clean water projects in East Africa.
Scott said one in six people in East Africa lack access to basic clean drinking water. The money will go towards building fresh water wells. The race is six kilometers because, according to the organization, that is the average distance a woman or child in Africa walks each day to find water.
Registration begins at 8:30 a.m. at 61st Ave. East and Superior Street. Day of registration is $35. You can register ahead of time by clicking here. That costs just $30. For more information on COME UNITY, visit www.comeunity.org