San Francisco, CA, October 24, 2015 --(PR.com
)-- Jonathan Gunderson is an elite ultra-runner as well as a humanitarian. For the past 7 years, he has been directing a 6k/10k San Francisco race event called Running For The Wells which raises funds to build clean water wells for impoverished communities in Uganda. Each well costs approximately $4,000 to complete and serves over 1,000 people. Since the first race in 2008, over $70,000 has been raised to build 20 wells and Gundy, as he is affectionately called by the running community, would like to see this year’s race on November 15 raise $12,000 to build 3 additional wells.
“The humanitarian crises in East Africa with AIDS, malaria, economic depression, and civil unrest are just a few of the issues that continue to need to be addressed, having been brought to the forefront in recent years. Their definition of poverty and crisis far outstrips what our definition is here in America. We are raising money to build water wells in outlying villages. These wells are critical to providing a fresh water supply to the villages.”
100% of all fees and donations collected as part of Running For The Wells go directly towards water well construction with World Harvest Mission, a registered 501 (3)c. For more detailed information and to register for the race, please go to http://www.runningforthewells.org/
Location & Registration Fees
The course is a flat and gorgeous loop in San Francisco’s Crissy Field with views of the Golden Gate Bridge and the Palace of Fine Arts. The registration fee is $50 now or $55 on race day. Youth registration fees are $35. Total runners is capped, so be sure to register ASAP. Runners will meet at the Sports Basement (601 Old Mason St., San Francisco) at 7:30 am for opening ceremonies and the race will start promptly at 8am. Registration includes breakfast food, a pair of Injinji toesocks, CLIF products and a free digital finish photo (available online). There will also be guest speakers and a raffle for prizes including tickets to the Golden State Warriors, SF Giants and 49er games.
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Jonathan Gunderson is a Bay Area ultra-runner, winner of multiple races including the 2014 San Francisco Summer Solstice 12 hour race (75.3 miles), 2013 Pacifica 50k, 2012 Pirates Cove 50k and the 2011 CTR Diablo 50k. For the legendary Western States 100 mile races in 2015 and 2010, he received the coveted silver buckle for finishing in under 24 hours. Finally, Mr. Gunderson is also a five time Badwater 135 Ultramarathon finisher. Widely recognized as "the world’s toughest foot race," Badwater is the most demanding and extreme running race on the planet with scorching temperatures in addition to challenging elevation gains for a grueling 135 miles beginning in Death Valley and ending in Mt. Whitney. Gundy placed 8th male in 2008 and finished in the top 15 for three years.