The Blue Mile

Event information

The Blue Mile aims to sensitize about the struggles of millions of people for access to clean water every day. Availability and access to water still remains a big issue in India. The burden of collecting water falls mainly on girls and women giving them no time to play, go to school and earn a living. Clean water helps babies make it through their vulnerable first five years, gives new mums the best chance of survival and gives everyone a fighting chance of avoiding waterborne diseases. Clean water gives people the time and resources to find jobs, learn new skills and run successful businesses. It helps them break free from poverty and change their lives for good.

Run, Walk or Cycle and together we complete someone’s journey to fetch clean water.

Why Run for Water?

With a population of 1.38 billion people, India is the second most populous country in the world. The country has 18 percent of the world’s population, but only 4 percent of its water resources, making it among the most water-stressed in the world. A safe water supply is the backbone of a healthy nation. When families do not have a safe and reliable water source, preferably direct to their home, then it is often women and children that are responsible for collecting water. International Development Enterprises (IDE) estimated that Indian women spend 15 crore work days every year fetching water, equivalent to a national loss of income of Rs.100 crores. This impacts not just rural women but also the rural and national economy.

According to a report by One India One People an average, a rural woman walks more than 14,000 km a year just to fetch water.

The key component for access to water is adequate and continuous availability of water. Given the planet Earth is witnessing the challenges of global warming and extreme climatic changes, it becomes critical to involve communities, not just in rural but urban areas too and create awareness for optimum usage.


The Blue Mile is divided into 3 categories of run – 2.5K, 5K, 10K. The run will focus on attracting runners from corporates, educational institutions like schools and colleges, retail customers and housewives.


The Blue Mile run will flag off at People Plaza, Necklace Road, Hyderabad on 03 March 2019.

Highlights from the event

Here are a few glimpses from the Run for Water.


Heartiest congratulations for successfully organising & accomplishing the task of conducting the first edition of The Blue Mile Run in Hyderabad today. It was very well organised and the entire team did a wonderful job by creating awareness about the importance and relevance of saving water. Great going! Wish you more such success in future too. Will be happy to associate with you [WaterAid India] in the future as well. God bless you always!
Colonel Sunil Uniyal, Defence Running Club
Great event, the team felt motivated! Looking forward to the next one!
Abhishek, Employee - Bank of America
It was a pleasure and honour to participate in The Blue Mile Run. Entire event was well organised and executed by each and every one and created awareness on importance of saving water. Proud to be part of a noble cause. This is a first of its kind in Hyderabad by WaterAid India. My wishes are always with the team and will wait for next season. Congratulations and all the best.
Shanmukha Dharmana Rao, Mentor at Pragati Panthers Running Group