Campaign: Grand Rapids Marathon
Team: Kensington - Grand Rapids

Maribeth Mateo

Water changes everything. Water is life.

During the spring of 2015, I began my journey of "running with purpose" by joining Hope Water through my church. "My purpose" was to improve my health with regular exercise and in doing so, I would help bring clean water to the relatively forgotten Pokot tribe. Initially, my number one goal was to engage in an activity or event that would hold me accountable to regular exercise. That changed almost immediately. I was exercising regularly on the training plan, but my main goal had shifted. It was no longer about me as an individual. It had become all about "my community" and how I can best serve it. Now into my third year of running to bring hope and life through clean water to the Pokot, I have come to realize that my community is not defined by geography, spiritual faith, personal interests, gender, age group, socioeconomic status, profession, employer, neighborhood, ethnicity, or even family. My community is vast, consisting of those I've had a personal encounter with AND those I have not yet had the opportunity to meet personally. Together with Hope Water International, I am serving my community both near and far in various ways. One way is by participating in races and fundraising to bring clean water to the Pokot in Western Kenya. I ran the Sleeping Bear Half Marathon and the Grand Rapids Half Marathon in Michigan. Next up is the Arizona Rock ā€˜nā€™ Roll Half Marathon. Please consider making a donation to Hope Water International.