Haiti H2O- Run for Hope 2014 Update

Running in Haiti
I am busily preparing to travel to Haiti on Sunday to spend a week in the rural community of Bassin Caiman. My half marathon training has suffered a bit due to all of this snow, so I am excited to have the opportunity to run in some warm, sunny weather. Bassin Caiman is three miles from the Caribbean Sea, so my runs usually head that direction and I am almost always joined by several kids.

Running for fun and fitness is a pretty uncommon occurrence in Haiti and I get some pretty strange looks. But I have learned that if I tell them I am training for football (soccer), then their misunderstanding turns to appreciation for my dedication.

I plan to come back with lots of great stories and photos on the goat and toilet projects. I will also be checking in on the progress of our Haiti H2O medals that are made outside of Port au Prince by a tin-art artisan. Thank you again for joining team Haiti H2O, and keep up the hard work!

Don’t forget you can Win a Fitbit!
A friend of Haiti H2O has issued a Fundraising Challenge for our Haiti H2O Run for Hope Team. Everyone who has raised at least $150 by midnight on February 28 will be entered to win a Fitbit flex wristband, which is a fitness activity tracker. So far, four runners have already qualified and several others are close!

Please join our Haiti H2O runners & walkers Facebook community! This is a great place to connect for group runs and other races, and to receive encouragement.

It’s not too late to join the team, and to invite your friends and family!
We are still looking for runners and walkers for all distances (5k, half marathon, relay, full marathon). If you have friends or family members who are interested in running for Haiti H2O this year, thanks to the partnership between the Pittsburgh Marathon and Crowdrise Fundraising, online registration is super easy. Just check out our  Crowdrise page and click on the charity registration link.


Sarah VanderMolen
Haiti H2O