Run For The Water 5K serving water to citizens of Burundi

AUSTIN (KXAN) — A local running event continues to inspire runners to lace up every year to help bring a crucial resource to people living on the other side of the globe. The 9th annual Run for the Water kicks off this Sunday.

Gilbert Tuhabonye’s story is the inspiration for the fundraiser. Gilbert left Burundi, Africa, where resources are scarce. He joined us in the KXAN studio to discuss the upcoming event.

Run for the Water benefits the Gazelle Foundation. As of October 2015, the Gazelle Foundation has served over 50,200 citizens of Burundi clean, potable drinking water “one runner at a time.” In some villages, people now walk just 400 meters for water, whereas in the past they walked four miles.

“Everyone can walk at least three miles, so come on out and join us for the 5K; walk, run or stroll. It’s a fun family event,” Gilbert said.

The race kicks off at 7:00 a.m. Sunday, Nov. 1, with the runners taking the 10 mile course through West Austin.

The 5K runners start at 7:15 a.m., and the kids’ K at 9:00 a.m.

For more information or to register to run visit the website here. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Users who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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