Long run, short changed
April 1, 2019
Twenty-six dollars of a $10,000 target is all that charity runner Ruslan Shakin has managed to raise despite having run half the length of New Zealand.
“It’s a little bit of a bummer,” said the 38-year-old, who is collecting money for water projects in the Third World.
Shakin began his run at Cape Reinga on February 19 to fundraise for New York-based group Charity Water.
Since then, he has run 50 kilometres a day pushing a pram filled with food and water, spare clothes, a tent, sleeping bag and an air mattress.
He arrived in Wellington last weekend.
Shakin said he felt the lack of support for the charity could be because New Zealanders had an abundance of water.
The Russian-born runner, who lived in Los Angeles, ran for 86 days across Australia from Perth to Sydney before he arrived in New Zealand. There he managed to collect A$2600.
Shakin said he felt it had been easier to raise funds in Australia because they had droughts.
Charity Water built water pumps, wells and filtration systems.
Shakin said $10,000 would fund a project which would provide water to a village of 300 people for five years.
He chose to raise money for the charity while running the length of Japan six months ago. During this run he had listened to an audio book called Thirst written by Charity Water CEO Scott Harrison.
After New Zealand Shakin planned to run across South America and South Africa. He said he wanted to circumnavigate the southern hemisphere on foot.
Outside of raising money for Charity Water, Shakin said it was all about pushing his body to its limits. He often spoke with his family in Russia, and said his mother struggled to understand why he was always running, but said his sister got it.