Get ready for Engineers Without Borders’ Day of the Dead 5k Run on November 1, 2014!
Sponsored and held at Meramec Vineyards in St. James, profits from the 5K run will go to Engineers
Without Borders (EWB) Missouri University of Science and Technology (MS&T) Student Chapter.
EWB MS&T works to bring clean water to four communities (located in Guatemala, Honduras, and
Bolivia). The Day of the Dead is a holiday celebrated in Mexico and throughout Latin America. Since
EWB MS&T is focused on helping developing communities in Central America, this holiday seemed to
be a perfect day to hold the run. Participants can run/jog/walk the 5K. Both serious and casual runners are
welcome. The run will be timed by Split Second Timing. Feel free to dress up for Day of the Dead and/or
This 5k begins at 10:00 a.m., with registration beginning at 8:15 a.m. The route from Meramec
Vineyards’ winery building “is on picturesque rolling paved two lane county roads then a gravel county
road leading to the vineyards”. After the finish line, snacks and drinks will be provided. An awards
ceremony will follow. Awards will be given to the top male and female finishers, as well as the top
finishers in each age group.
There are three ways to register: online, with mail-in registration, or in-person on November 1.
Online registration can completed at http://engineerswithoutbordersdayofthedead5krun.itsyourrace.com/
event.aspx?id=4698 or http://split-secondtiming.com/upcoming-events . The mail-in form can be picked
Borders’ website http://www.ewb-mst.org/. The entry fee is $25 before November 1 and $30 on
Engineers Without Borders (EWB) Missouri University of Science and Technology (MS&T)
“partners with developing communities to improve their quality of life through the implementation
of environmentally, equitable, and economically sustainable engineering projects while developing
internationally responsible engineers and engineering students.” The chapter currently is working on
projects in four communities: 1) Nahualate, Guatemala, 2) Santiago, Honduras, 3) Los Eucaliptos,
Bolivia, and 4) Tacachia, Bolivia.
EWB MS&T’s Nahualate, Guatemala program has overseen construction of a well, elevated
storage tank, and initial stages of a water distribution system. The remaining phases of the overall project
are installing electricity, the well pump and the chlorination system, finishing the distribution system
pipelines, and adding the valves in several places in the system. The Santiago, Honduras program has
overseen construction of a new well/well-house, chlorination system, various new pipelines, a small
storage tank, and two water collection systems. EWB MS&T has also conducted several leak studies,
helping the community to identify and fix leaks. Next summer, the Honduras program will implement the
plan for Santiago (developed over the 2014-2015 school year); this plan will likely include a new tank
and distribution lines. The Los Eucaliptos Program has added various distribution pipelines, gabions, and
a tank. The Tacachia, Bolivia program has installed/constructed pumps, various tanks, slow-sand water
filters, and distribution lines. Next summer, the program will make adjustments to current system and add
a new distribution pipeline from a new water source to the community.
Engineers Without Borders MS&T looks forward to continuing efforts to improve people’s
access to clean water and standard of living. Without funds raised through events like the Day of the
Dead 5K Run, these efforts in partner communities would not be possible. Engineers Without Borders
MS&T appreciates all participants and sponsors of this event, with a special thanks going to the event
host/sponsor, Meramec Vineyards. Thanks also go to the St. James and Rolla communities for helping to
promote the event and the chapter’s mission. Register Here!