A snippet from the NY Times article:
At several points in their trek, the athletes stopped near sparsely populated wells to talk with villagers and nomads about the difficulties they face finding water. That marked another goal of the run -- raising awareness for the clean water nonprofit group H2O Africa.
''We have seen firsthand the need for clean water, which we take for granted in North America. It's such a foundation for any community,'' Zahab said during day 108's lunch break. The three plan to fund-raise for the group after they return home and finish recuperating.
''It started off as a huge motivator, especially as we passed through countries where the water wasn't clean,'' Engle said.
Look at that map. 100 degree days for 3+ months?!? These guys are seriously extreme.