March 22 marks UN World Water Day, which is a day to raise awareness about the importance of freshwater and advocating for the sustainable management of freshwater resources. Nearly 900 million people worldwide lack access to clean water—and nearly half of those people are children.
On March 24, walkers from around the Portland Metro area will gather at OMSI to celebrate World Water Day with the WALK for WATER. Walkers will collect their water-gathering containers to begin a walk around the Willamette River. Simulating a typical water-gathering experience for women and children in sub-Saharan Africa, walkers will haul water throughout their 3.1mile route. The Walk for Water Celebration continues post-walk back at OMSI where booths showcase community organizations involved with water and related environmental issues, here and abroad.
This year marks the first year for the World Water Day Fun Run, a non-competitive 5k that mirrors the route for the Walk for Water. Participants will start and finish at OMSI, where educational booths and non-profits will help educate everyone who comes out to join us.
WHAT: Walk for Water & WWD Fun Run
DATE: Saturday March 24, 2012
TIME: Registration opens @ 8:30
Fun Run begins @ 9
Walk begins @ 10
PLACE: OMSI 1945 SE Water Ave.
Portland, OR 97214-3354