David shares his story of determination to help solve the world water crisis by organizing and executing long-distance charity runs. To date, David’s 3 philanthropic journeys have reached thousands of students and fundraised over $38,000 for charity. Ask David how he can visit YOUR school!
David holds a Master’s degree from St. Cloud State University, Minnesota, USA. He worked for 6 years as an academic adviser at U.S. universities, then taught English at the German School of Prague. Currently he is a tour guide in Prague. He is fluent in English and Czech, with extensive work with the media. An experienced public speaker, David has presented in 7 countries in North America, Europe, and Asia. He has visited all 50 US states, and 5 continents.
Starting in New York City on June 1, 2007, David joined a team of "21 ordinary male and female athletes doing extraordinary things" and ran around the clock along a route that included the U.S., Ireland, the U.K., France, Belgium, the Netherlands, Germany, Austria, the Czech Republic, Poland, Belarus, Russia, Mongolia, China, Japan and Canada. Each runner sprinted 10 miles a day. The Baton was passed at more than 1,500 exchange points. The Blue Planet Run covered 15,200 miles, across 16 countries and 3 continents, 24 hours a day for 95 days to deliver an extremely urgent and important message: we can and must begin today to alleviate the catastrophic burden placed on over 768 million people who, every day, must drink unsafe local water, or travel long distances on foot to search for safe water for themselves and their families.
In the summer of 2012, David Christof ran 821miles from Prague to London and raised $12,000 to bring safe drinking water to a rural Ugandan orphan school, St. Bonaventure Primary in Mulajji Village. Pushing a stroller with all of his essentials, he ran the distance of a marathon (42.195km or 26.2miles) almost every day.
Alternating between running and biking, in May and June of 2013 David Christof traveled 2000 miles from Prague (Czech Republic) to Morocco, stopping at 34 schools along the way to educate children about the world water crisis and to inspire them to be more physically active. At each school David presented (in English) about the world water crisis and pursuing a healthy lifestyle. As always, David ran with the students around the school up to 5km to charge their spirits.
David's 2012 run funded this borehole at St. Bonaventure Primary in rural Uganda. Drink Local. Drink Tap. will continue to monitor this project on Blue Planet Network.
David’s speech made me realize how much a single person is able to achieve by just doing the things you love and making use of your talents. The presentation about "Water Is Life" made me think a lot and become aware of the importance of helping people in need. – Lea, student Barcelona, Spain
David Christof moved to Jordan in September 2013 and soon after started volunteering for “Helping Refugees in Jordan”. Upon learning that over a third of all Syrian refugees in Jordan are children and that Jordan is struggling to meet the needs for teachers and students, often running schools from over-crowded garages and other ad-hoc locations, David knew this was where he wanted to make a difference.
David Christof crossed the Kingdom of Jordan in eleven marathons from the 15th to the 25th of March 2014. David’s route took him from Aqaba, to Petra/Wadi Musa, then onto the historic King’s Road through Tafila, Karak, Madaba, Amman, with a finish in the Mafra area. David took part in many press conferences along the way, all while raising money for Jordanian and Syrian children’s educational needs, such as school improvements, supplies and equipment.
David running across Prague's Charles Bridge early in the morning during his 2012 run.