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6K Race Addressing Water Crisis to Feature Melissa Etheridge

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Imagine if you had to walk six kilometers every single day just to secure water. While that's not a reality for us in bitch thirsty Los Angeles, it is for women and children around the world (and take note, they carry 40 pounds of water).

On April 18th, the folks at the locally-based Live Earth will be hosting a series of 6km run/walks taking place over the course of 24 hours in 192 countries--Los Angeles and numerous other California cities are involved--"to ignite a massive global movement to help solve the water crisis."

Today, Live Earth announced that Melissa Etheridge will headline the Los Angeles race. "I want to lend my name and time to this event because the global water crisis is an environmental issue that affects nearly one billion people on the planet and through this event we can raise awareness and money to help address it," she said.