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Global 6K for Water prep: What you need to know

Team World Vision members participate in the 2016 Global 6K for water. ©2016 Gameface Media/used with permission

World Vision’s Global 6K for Water is May 19. You signed up. (Or are thinking about it — what are you waiting for? Sign up now!) Are you ready? Can you get ready?

Maybe you’ve been too busy to get out there and pound pavement. Maybe you’ve never participated in a walk, run, or race fundraiser before. Whatever it is, don’t worry. We’ve got you covered.

Here’s what you need to know to prepare well for your Global 6K and have a blast as you help bring clean water to children around the world.

How to train when you don’t like training

Of course, you don’t have to be a runner to participate in the Global 6K or to bring clean water to families in need.

But if you’re up for the challenge, a few basic tips can take you a long way. All it takes to get started is that first step out your front door.

Watch this video for inspiration and peruse these training tips and resources that are available with the login you received when you signed up. A login is required, so to get the tools to gear up for race day, you have to first sign up.

The tools include guidance on building endurance and muscle, run-mapping options, a run journal for you to process or document your experience, how to connect with group training runs in your area, and a free online calorie counter.

Before running for miles — if you’re planning on running — get used to walking and getting in shape. When you’re comfortable, start jogging. From there, stick to the training plan, follow the run/walk ratios, and you’ll be ready for your 6K.

Here’s what you need to know to prepare well for the Global 6K for Water on May 6.
Pastor Thad Spring, 46, and his wife, Jerilynn Spring, 45, both of Muskegon, Michigan, run together on a path on their church grounds in January. They both ran in the Team World Vision Global 6K here in March 2016 and plan to participate again this year. (©2017 Genesis Photo Agency/photo by Todd McInturf)

How to fundraise when you’re scared to fundraise

Asking for money is scary. But you’re asking your friends and family to participate with you in doing something extraordinary and beyond yourself: bringing clean, safe water to communities for generations. Here are the basic steps to make it a little less scary:

  • Set an example: When people see you donated, it shows that you have skin in the game.
  • Make a list: Write a list of 20 to 50 people you will invite to give.
  • Be direct and bold: Ask specific people, face to face.
  • Follow up: Sometimes folks just need a simple reminder.
  • Share: Social media is a good way to share your journey and seek support. Use #6Kforwater to share your journey.
  • Don’t quit: Not everyone will give. That’s ok. Carry on, be tenacious and don’t give up.

See the full list of basic steps and take it further with these fundraising ideas and sample emails and photos.

Participating is better together

Even if you do all these things, your preparation and race day will be more fun and enjoyable if you partner with someone else. Find a friend, loved one, or mentor to train with and invite them to do the Global 6K for Water with you.

We’ll go farther together!

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