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 Halloween.
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.
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!