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Professor runs marathon for safe water

By Leah Riley

Although this is only his second marathon, a Texas A&M University-San Antonio professor is looking to make a huge difference through the power of running.

Political Science Professor Andrew Sanders is running the New York City Marathon Sunday in New York City. Sanders has completed a couple half marathons but said, “I wanted to see if I could push on to the longer race.”

Sanders completed his first marathon recently in March at The Woodlands Marathon in the greater Houston area. Running 26 miles is definitely a challenge, but it’s not the only goal Sanders is hoping to accomplish.


Sanders will also run to raise money for Water for People, a charity that attempts to supply clean running water to communities that lack access. His team’s goal is to raise $25,000. Sanders reached his individual fundraising target of $2,500, but welcomes additional donations.

“Anything you can spare would be most gratefully appreciated and will go towards helping people gain access to clean water and sanitation,” he writes in his fundraising profile.

Sanders is originally from Edinburgh, Scotland but since June, lives in San Antonio. He’s lived in Texas for about four years altogether and found his teaching home here at A&M-San Antonio as an assistant professor.

“Really I’m just trying to raise money for a good cause and, obviously, I’m trying to finish the race,” Sanders said. He leaves Friday for New York.

To support Professor Sanders you can make an online donation here.

About the Author

Leah Riley
Leah Riley
Leah Riley is a an aspiring journalist who attends Texas A&M University-San Antonio. She expects to graduate this coming spring with a Bachelor of Arts in Communications with a minor in Political Science. Leah serves as a member of the National Honor Society of Leadership and Success. She plans on joining the U.S. military upon graduation to ultimately reach her goal of becoming a successful journalist. Leah says, “After school, work, and studying, any free time is spent with her husband and daughter, or on a very special occasion, in a small coffee shop with a good book.”

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