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Shoes for Water at Louisville pure tap 5K

Thursday August 22, 2013

Walkers and runners participating in the Louisville pure tap® 5K on Sept. 21 can “make their steps count” by donating used shoes. Participants can drop off shoes at Fleet Feet, located at 2239 Taylorsville Rd., now through Sept. 20 or bring them to the Louisville Water Tower on Sept. 21. WaterStep will sell the donated new and gently used shoes to help finance its water projects, which are focused on saving lives at risk from waterborne illness around the world.

“One of the Louisville Sports Commission’s tenets is to help improve the quality of life for our local community” said Karl Schmitt, executive director of the Louisville Sports Commission. “We hope that by providing WaterStep the opportunity to connect with our Louisville pure tap® 5K participants, WaterStep is able to continue to improve the quality of life for its global clients.”

“Partnering with WaterStep makes perfect sense,” said Kelley Dearing-Smith, strategic communications manager of the Louisville Water Company. “We both share a common goal of making sure everyone has access to safe drinking water.”

“In fact, the process of creating chlorine with electrolysis that WaterStep uses to clean contaminated water supplies in developing countries is actually one that was part of landmark filtration experiments at Louisville Water in 1896,” continued Dearing-Smith.

“We’re so pleased to have been selected as the Louisville pure tap® 5K charity.” said Julie Mattingly, WaterStep endurance events program coordinator. “Louisville Water is a great partner; we currently collaborate with them in education efforts to bring awareness about the importance of safe drinking water since more children world-wide die from the lack of safe drinking water than any other cause.”

In addition to collecting shoes at Fleet Feet, WaterStep will be at the Louisville pure tap® 5K Water Festival on Sept. 21 where they will continue to accept donations.

The Louisville pure tap® 5K is the first race of the Louisville Sports Commission’s inaugural Fall Runathon, a series of three fall running races that provides unique courses and quality experiences for runners and walkers, while promoting healthy lifestyles for people of all ages and fitness levels. Following the Louisville pure tap® 5K is the inaugural Norton Sports Health Great Pumpkin 10k, set to take place on Oct.19 in the Parklands of Floyds Fork. The Fall Runathon series concludes with the third annual Louisville Sports Commission Half Marathon presented by HumanaVitality on Nov. 10, which starts and finishes in downtown Louisville and includes a one-mile journey through historic Cave Hill Cemetery immediately following the Scenic Loop in Cherokee Park. To register, or for more information, log on to www.FallRunathon.com.