About Katie


KatieSome of my previous endurance challenges include:

Swim for Water: Became first person to swim the entire length of 325 mile Allegheny River, averaging 12-15 miles a day, with my longest distance swimming +22 miles in a day

Big Ride Across America: Cycled 3,300 miles across the United States from Seattle to D.C., averaging 85 miles a day for forty days

Desert Run: Ran 150 miles across the Mojave and Colorado Desert, solo and self-supported

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Half Ironman Triathlon:First in age group (1.2 mi swim, 56 mi bike, 13.1 mi run)

Cycled over 1,000 miles of solo bike tours within the United States, with my longest distance cycling +230 miles in a day

Oxfam Trail Run: Completed 62-mile ultra marathon in Melbourne, Australia

I plan to use my experiences from these endurance challenges as well as rowing on my college crew team to become the youngest person ever to row an ocean solo. I have used my athletic achievements to raise funds for several non-profit organizations including the American Lung Association, Oxfam, and the Blue Planet Run Foundation. Passionate about helping others, I started a group called One World Running during my college years to donate athletic shoes to those in need in the United States and around the world.

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.

-Sabrina Walasek,
Blue Planet Run Foundation