Mina Guli, with kids from Thirst Water Education

Thirst for Water

Thirst, which launched 2012,  is a grassroots education and innovation organisation focused on raising awareness about the water crisis amongst the next generation.

Thirst recently celebrated it’s 500,000th graduate from its education programs, collaborates with over 400 schools, has over 900 qualified volunteers to teach its programs, had 200,000 students participate in its innovation competitions, operates through 3 offices in 28 cities, and is endorsed by the Chinese Government.

Mina Guli Running across a desert in South Africa

The 7 Deserts Run

A world first - this involved me running 40 marathons across seven deserts on seven continents in just seven weeks. All for one reason – water.  Why 40 marathons?  To represent the 40% shortfall in the supply of water which is forecast by 2030.  

It was an epic and incredible adventure. I discovered the sheer enormity of the water problem that we are facing, through stories told by the people we met along the way. I'm now working to tell their stories to the rest of the world.

Mina Guli Running Down a Dry Riverbed in Australia

The 6 River Run

In support of raising awareness about Global Goal 6 (water), starting on World Water Day (22 March 2017), I ran down six of the world’s great rivers, on six continents in just six weeks.

This expedition consisted of 40 marathons in 40 days to highlight the water crisis, and to showcase how our consumer behaviour links us to some of the major water issues in the world – even those not on our own doorsteps.


100 Marathons in 100 Days


Starting at the New York City Marathon on the 4th November 2018 and ending 100 marathons around the world later, #RunningDry is a call to each of us to save water and to join together to change the way that we all use, consume and think about water. After 62 marathons in 62 days, Mina ran so hard she broke her leg… But that didn’t stop the #RunningDry movement - it made it stronger.

100 Water Heroes

View the full blog of 100 Water Heroes Mina met with on her 100 Marathons in 100 Days quest.