Katie Spotz is rowing from Africa to South America to raise awareness of the need for safe drinking water and money to do something about it. You can follow her progress on her Row for Water website. She's rowing a custom 19 foot boat that's designed for the ocean. It holds months of provisions, gear, freshwater, and has solar power for desalination, satellite phone, radio and radar. The boat is supposed to be seaworthy in 30 foot waves.
Endurance events are well known to Katie. She was the first person to swim the 325 mile long Allegheny River. She's also cycled 3,300 miles across the USA, ran 150 miles across the Mojave and Colorado desert, and complete a 62-mile ultramarathon in Australia.
Sabrina Walasek of Blue Planet Run Foundation says this of Katie:
“I met Katie last spring at the Blue Planet Run 24-hour trail relay. Throughout the last several months, I have had the pleasure of getting to know her better and I continue to be awed by her abilities and endurance. Not only is she a tremendous athlete, she is such a thoughtful human being. We are fortunate to have her support in providing safe drinking water to people worldwide.
I hope that many other athletes and young people are inspired by her compassion and commitment to improving the world. She never gives up and she never forgets the billion plus people who wake up each day without safe drinking water.”