Daren Wendell doesn't just sit back and assume someone else will do the heavy lifting when it comes to helping others. He hits the road.

In 2008 he hiked the 2,000-mile Appalachian Trail for a charity that's working to end Africa's HIV/AIDS and water crises. Earlier this year he decided to run a marathon a day for a project to provide clean water, sanitation facilities, and hygiene education in Ethiopia.

“Water is a basic need that impacts every other aspect of life,” he says. "I’m not afraid of snow or rain, and even if I have to crawl I’ll reach the finish line."

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