Running for Clean Water

by Grace Baptist #1 & #A

We're supporting: Running Water for the Living Water - 2019 by Global Partners in Peace and Development

Team Captain(s) : Marsha Schmuck , Joe Walker




"In so many parts of the world, water doesn't bring life... it brings death." - Dana Cox, Event Coordinator

We are excited and passionate about bringing life to the world. This November 10th, for the 4th year in a row we will be running in the Annual Harrisburg Marathon to raise money for water wells in India and possibly other parts of the world as well. Many people around the world are in desperate need of clean running water. It is our desire to use this run to raise funds towards water wells, as well as show God’s love and care for His people.

Relay Distances: 

Leg 1 – 8.1 miles | Leg 2 – 5.3 miles | Leg 3 – 7.9 miles | Leg 4 – 4.9 miles

In addition to those costs, we encourage our team of runners to raise $100 for every mile we run. In this case, every marathon team (up to 4 runners totaling 26.2 miles) will raise enough to produce 1 fully installed, ready-to-use clean water tube well for a rural Indian village.

In most Indian villages where GPPD installs water wells, the average person must walk (or run) over an hour to get water and then many times the water must be boiled before they can use it. Many children get sick and die because of drinking unsafe water. Our desire is to run so they don't have to walk long distances for something we so often take for granted.

Any financial contribution that you could make would be greatly appreciated. On average, every $5 dollars given can provide 1 person clean water for a lifetime. All businesses and individuals financially supporting these efforts will receive a details of the water well and village impacted, including pictures, a video, as well as the GPS coordinates of the location of the well.

Other Donation Options:

  • Write check out to GPPD & Mail to: GPPD PO Box 117 Blue Ridge, VA 24064
  • Venmo @ gppd2003
  • Or give cash donations to Matt/Vicki Riggins or Dana Cox

Please include a note with names of runner(s) who donation is for. All funds will be added to the fundraising account of the runner raising funds.  

Would you consider joining us? You can train to be a runner, make a donation to any runner, sponsor our entire team, or be an advocate to share the word.

Past Results:

2016 - 15 runners - nearly $20,000 raised (9 water wells)

2017 - 100 runners - over $70,000 raised (32 water wells)

2018 - 117 runners - over $100,000 raised (40 water wells)

2019 - 200 runners - over $54,000 raised (and counting)

2019 Churches Represented: (goal is 50 churches)

  1. New Life Church – New Cumberland, PA
  2. Faith Community Church of the West Shore - New Cumberland, PA
  3. West Shore E Free Church – Mechanicsburg, PA
  4. Rainbow Forest Baptist Church - Blue Ridge, VA
  5. Calvary Bible Church - Wrightsville, PA
  6. Grace Baptist Church - Lewisberry, PA
  7. Heritage Baptist Church - Lynchburg, VA
  8. Liberty Church - Brooklyn, NY
  9. Baughman United Methodist Church - New Cumberland, PA
  10. Grace Collective Church - Rock Hill, SC
  11. Bible Baptist Church - Shiremanstown, PA
  12. Hanover First Church of God - Hanover, PA
  13. Grace Downtown - Winchester, VA
  14. Gospel Community Church - Lynchburg, VA
  15. Rescue Community Church - Harrisburg, PA
  16. Neighborhood Church - Overland Park, KS
  17. Church of the Open Door - East York, PA
  18. Fincastle Presbyterian Church - Fincastle, VA
  19. Riverland Road Baptist Church - Roanoke, VA
  20. LCBC West Shore - Mechanicsburg, PA
  21. Lynchburg First Church of the Nazerene - Lynchburg, VA
  22. Carlisle E Free Church - Carlisle, PA
  23. Mechanicsburg Community Church - Mechancisburg, PA
  24. Grace Lutheran Church - Greenwood Lake, NY
  25. Grace Community Church - Washingtonville, NY
  26. McClain Bible Church  - Alexandria, VA
  27. Highlands Baptist Church - Highlands Ranch, CO
  28. Celebration Community Church - Dillsburg, PA
  29. First United Methodist Church - Ephrata, PA
  30. New Life in Christ Church - Fredricksburg, VA
  31. Church of the Open Door - York, PA
  32. Orrtanna United Methodist Church - Orrtanna, PA
  33. Our Lady of the Mountains - Cumberland, MD
  34. Grace United Methodist Church - Lemoyne, PA
  35. Yocumtown Church of God - Yocumtown, PA
  36. Victory Church - Lancaster, PA
  37. Grace Baptist Church - Carlisle, PA
  38. Hinkletown Mennonite Church - Ephrata, PA
  39. Rockville Mennonite Church - Honey Brook, PA
  40. Providence Church - New Providence, PA

Special Thanks to our 2019 Sponsors:



Brett & Jessica Holland

Myrna & Bill Laque

In Memory of J. Autry Burling