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Pro Runner's Yoga Class Will Raise Money for Clean Kenyan Water

Sam Chelanga, a two-time NCAA cross country champion and collegiate 10,000-meter record holder (27:08.49), hopes to provide water filters to his home village in Kenya via a yoga class in his training base of New Hampshire.

After college at Fairleigh Dickinson in New Jersey and Liberty University in Virginia, Chelanga was in Oregon at the outset of his professional runner before settling near Dartmouth, where he trains with Ben True, an alumnus of the college. But he’s originally from the remote village of Kabarsel in Kenya’s Saimo Hills, and as the Valley News reports, he’s teaming up with a local massage therapist for a yoga class that will fund water filters for Kabarsel.

Kabarsel is an hour’s drive from the nearest hospital, and its residents draw water from puddles in the woods or from storm runoff. Illness is a frequent result. “There are a lot of things that need to be done in my village, but the first thing that makes people healthy and happy is clean water,” Chelanga told theValley News.

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Runner's World