Sixth Annual Philadelphia 5K Run/Walk for Water


Event Date

Sat, Mar 21, 2015


Philadelphia, PA

About This Activity

Run or walk just five kilometers and change a life. It’s the “Run/Walk for Water” on Saturday, March 21 benefitting the children of northern Kenya, who desperately need clean water. According to the UN World Water Report, 1 billion people do not have access to clean drinking water and 2.6 billion are without adequate sanitation.
In Kenya, many children collect dirty water when nothing else is available. Mothers search for clean water in vain. Poor hygiene and sickness often follow. The Run/Walk for Water was started by Keiyo Soy Ministries, a non-profit dedicated to raising funds to combat the urgent need for clean water, sanitation facilities and hygiene education in the Kerio Valley in the Rift Valley Province of Northern Kenya.
Registration begins at 7:45 am and the event kicks off at 9 am at the Fairmount Water Works, 640 Water Works Drive, behind the Philadelphia Art Museum. Registration is $20. For details and to register in advance, visit
“We’re proud to support Keiyo Soy Ministries and its efforts to help our fellow world citizens,” says Karen Young, Executive Director of the Fairmount Water Works. “As the site of American’s first public water supply system, we realize that the delivery of clean drinking water is a basic human necessity.”
The event kicks off with a preview of a silent auction of handmade East African crafts and jewelry and the race/walk takes place on the Schuylkill River Trail. All proceeds go towards the construction of pipelines to bring clean drinking water to schools in Kenya. All participants will have the opportunity to sign the pipes used to save lives.
Keiyo Soy Ministries, a non-profit 501(c)3 organization founded by Dr. Elijah Korich, is determined to rehabilitate the Keiyo Valley in order to improve the overall quality of life by providing a reliable delivery system of clean water.
The Fairmount Water Works, the ideal location to learn more about the life in and around the river, was constructed in 1812 to pump water from the Schuylkill River. Almost from the day the waterwheels began turning, the graceful neoclassical buildings and beautiful grounds made the place an international tourist attraction renowned for melding nature and technology. Today, the Fairmount Water Works is the Delaware River Basin's watershed education hub, offering visitors information about the impact of water on their daily lives and how they in turn impact their water supplies. Located off Kelly Drive in Philadelphia's East Fairmount Park, the Fairmount Water Works features a variety of hands-on, highly interactive exhibits including a live view of the Fairmount Dam fishway and a flyover of the Schuylkill River watershed. For more information, visit

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