Mina Guli's Extraordinary Challenge

Raleigh Addington
Raleigh Addington
editor at Chartwell Speakers

Mina Guli is one of those remarkable people, possessed of immense determination, tenacity and achievement. Among other things, she’s an ultra-runner who when younger was told she would likely never run again as the result of a back injury. Her story is something else.

Chartwell has always been proud to represent her, but there is simply not an astronomical enough metric by which to describe our admiration for her next challenge.

Mina has long been a champion of global causes, and her advocacy for Thirst, a World Economic Forum’s Young Global Leaders initiative that she launched, is well-documented. Under their aegis she has already undertaken immense challenges for the cause of raising awareness around water resources and a growing global crisis.

In 2016, Mina completed The 7 Desert Runs, a monstrous trek of 40 marathons across 7 deserts, in 7 weeks. This was immediately followed in 2017 by The 6 River Run, yet another 40 marathons, this time completed in only 40 days.

And yet the bar is raised even higher for 2018. To quote Mina: 100 marathons, 100 days, 1 reason: water.

This practical odyssey will take Mina around the world, from North and South America, to Europe, Africa, the Middle-East, South Asia, East Asia and into the Pacific. One marathon, every day, on the move constantly, for one hundred days. It’s almost incomprehensible. So for good measure, we’ve borrowed their map so you can see for yourself.

Running Dry: 100 Marathons in 100 Days for Water is one of the most ambitious and laudable challenges we’ve ever encountered. The accomplishment at hand itself is more than enough to warrant attention and respect, and then you consider the goal. We couldn’t possibly describe the problem better than Mina’s Thirst organisation, and be assured: the water crisis is real.

We’ll be following Mina’s journey with great interest, and encourage everyone to do the same, and give support and help raise awareness around this critical, looming issue. It begins 4th November with the New York City Marathon. 100 days later Mina will complete her journey, returning to Union Square in New York. Simply extraordinary.