Columbia Co. moms to run 30 miles on Highway 30 to raise money for clean water charity

FOX 12’s Nick Krupke met a group of running mothers in Scappoose who are hitting the trails to help curb the global water crisis.
Five moms in Columbia County are pushing beyond their limits to make a world of change.
“Sixty-three million people around the world don’t have clean drinking water and we were listening to story after story of moms and what they have to do for their children, walking four to six hours a day just to get clean drinking water and our hearts were definitely moved,” said Katrina Sharp, a mother of two.
“We are running moms and we can actually do a fundraiser.
We have Highway 30 here along the beautiful Columbia River and we were thinking, ‘We can do a 30 for 30 on Highway 30,’” Sharp said.
“I’ve had a lot of experiences in my life as a nurse where I see firsthand the impact that a lack of clean water can have and it is a global crisis,” Rotter said.
Not just water, but clean water.” Mom Alison Kangas said, “The idea of a finish line is really cool for us because there is always a finish line when you sign up for a race and we are working to see the end of the global water crisis ended in our lifetime and see that finish line.” The mothers from St. Helens, Scappoose and Warren are thinking above and beyond themselves.
“I think when you know that 663 million people don’t have access to clean water, when you know that one in 10 people on this planet don’t have access to clean water, you can’t help but not feel compelled to do something about it,” said Ashley Strausser, a mom of three.
While Kangas and Sharp are training for the full 30 miles, the other three moms, including former University of Portland runner Rotter, will be on a relay.
The moms wanted to make sure to get a shout out to their husbands and mother-in-laws that help them get away for their long training runs on the weekends.

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