Lines in the Sand participation

This Saturday, Feb. 28th, is the 5th anniversary of the Widows: Lines in the Sand endurance performance and the 24th anniversary of the end of the Gulf War. Everyone please peacefully draw a “line in the sand” to say enough is enough–whatever violent injustice that means to you. And post a picture or video of yourself drawing that line, however you interpret that. ‪#‎linesinthesand‬ ‪#‎consciousv‬ ‪#‎artistactivist‬


Lines in the Sand again!

Next week, February 28th, 2015, is the 5th anniversary of the Widows: Lines in the Sand – 43 days performance/endurance/community art commemorating Iraqi Widows, and the 24th anniversary of the end of the Gulf War. Artistactivist Kevin Valentine (consciousv) wants you all to post one picture or video in the upcoming year to say “enough” – enough war, enough heartbreak, enough violence. Draw your Line in the Sand. Post a picture or video of your line – whether it is literally in the sand, in your art, across your desk, or the dance floor. Starting February 28th, let’s see if we can get 3 million unique participants worldwide to say enough is enough. #linesinthesand #consciousv #artistactivist #birddenoftruth #kevinvalentine

Kevin Valentine/Artistactivist/Consciousv

Finishing the Marathon & 3 Million Meters in 30 Yards

Kevin Valentine finished his 3 Million Meters

challenge with 4 days to spare at the Illinois Marathon on May 26th. Lots of lessons learned. Winter can be harder than expected (and snowier and colder and icier). More to come after a rethink/reboot/rest and after midterm grades are done. Thanks to all for your support! It’s been a great challenging year.

Sprinting the lat 100yds after a long hot race.

Kevin on the 30yd line.

Less than 1 Month to Go

With less than on month to go, Kevin has reached 2,765,497 meters. Just over 145 miles to go by the end of April. I should make the goal of running, if not fundraising. And I’m getting ready to start a re-imagined 3 Million Meters as a community of endurance-minded people.

7 Weeks Left: 3 Million Meters

With 7 weeks left and just under 300 miles left, Kevin needs to average about 42 miles/week until the end of April and the Illinois Marathon in Champaign, IL.

Welcome to Holly Harz

Welcome to Holly Harz our first new 3 Million Meters team member.  She has started to log her meters by rafting the Grand Canyon in January!  Way to go Holly!!  Check out our crowdrise site now!

3 Million Meters Challenge

Help 3 Million Meters raise its charitable goal by participating or giving, now or throughout 2014.

Download PDF:  Challenge & Opportunity

3 Million Meters

Challenge & Opportunity

The Challenge:

Challenge yourself in 2014.  Participate in the inaugural year of 3 Million Meters and help raise money for Women for Women International. Log your activity in running, biking, rowing, multisport—even reading, drawing, or performance.  Create a fundraising goal.  Help make a difference for women in conflict areas around the world. Even if you are already raising money for your favorite cause, you can add this annual goal at what ever level you feel comfortable with. (3 Million Meters = less than 36 miles/week)

Why:  Raise money for Human Rights causes. Prove your commitment to persistent, consistent, endurance based activity.  Join a community of caring, active individuals working together to make a difference in the world. Raise money for Human Rights cause, Women for Women International—helping the neediest women in 8 countries conflict-stressed countries with job training and human rights education. (Video Clip)

How: Go to and select the The Team tab.  Choose, JOIN the team and set up your fundraiser.  It only takes a few minutes to join the team.  Choose any amount you want to raise; you can always change it later. There is an option to add a milage tracker.  1,864 mi = 3 million meters. (That’s less than 36 miles per week!) Soon enough there will be a website to keep track of various activities separately.

When: January is a great time to start logging miles, hours, or meters for your goal.  Join us for this exciting inaugural year!  Join any time you like, but the new year is a great time to start. Keep track of your own miles and log them using the tracker on crowdrise.   The website is under construction.

No Cost:   There is no charge for participation or membership this year.  As the community grows, funding will be sought through grants and sponsorships.  (Someday, when there are wonderful perks, maybe…).

-Create a community of committed, fun-loving, people with vision to share in making a difference through mutual support.
-Raise funds for Women for Women International. (any amount you choose, over the year)
-Look towards adding more causes in the future.

More INFO:
Artistactivist, Kevin Valentine has been logging running miles since May 1st to raise money for 3 Million Meters.  This began as an extension of his Widowsweave project.  Details of both projects can be found at: To date he has logged well over 2,000,000 meters running. (Watch the Video)

We imagine 3 Million Meters as a community committed to helping human rights causes over the long term by harnessing the energy employed in sport, art, and literary endeavor.  If you run, bike or row; if you swim with a team, or read with a book club; if you write, draw or play in an orchestra or band, you can log your time, distance, or count as meters towards this cause.

Athletic activities are perhaps the easiest to log, but you may have to get creative for certain sports. Swimmers may need to form a team of ten to equal 3 million meters, or count decimeters instead.  Runners too busy to log 1,864 miles might want to team with a partner, or small group to accumulate the miles.  UNITSPLUS is a great app for converting all sorts of measures, including miles-to-kilometers (or even decimeters).

Artistic, performance, and literary based activity may need even more creative thinking. For instance, if you play an instrument, figure on 80 beats per minute average equaling 4,800 beats (meters) per hour, requiring 625 hours/year to equal 3 million meters.  Readers or writers may translate a word as a “beat” or measure, and use the average number of words on a page to total 3 million.  Whatever your activity or combination of activities, alone or as a team, you are welcome to join in this new community of engaged athletes and artists!

Kevin Valentine

Donate to 3 Million Meters, for Women for Women International:

Donate directly to Artistactivist to fund this project:

3 Million Meters Website

Print3 Million Meters website is under construction as we speak.  Soon there will be places to log your meters in various sports.  Please be patient as we try to make this a wonderful tool for our endurance community.

To join in the meantime, check out our Crowdrise site and click to join the cause.  You should be able to set up your own page to help raise money for Women for Women International through 3 Million Meters.

The goal, to log 3 million meters in 2014 can be accomplished through distance in any sport, or through various artistic activities. Check out our PDF describing What, Why, and How and When: Challenge & Opportunity

All the best for the new year,


We’re nearing Thanksgiving and the end of 7 months of running for 3 Million Meters. I should pass 2 million meters of my running goal by the end of November. I am very grateful to have come this far, healthy and still enjoying the challenge– though the Chicago weather is making it more challenging. Now is the time to ramp up some fundraising for Women for Women. Please check out the link on the right column, or go directly to

1 Week until the Chicago Marathon

One week to go until the Chicago Marathon. I’m curently about 200 miles or 325K ahead of schedule on the 3 Million Meter Challenge, and have just started the fundraising for Women for Women International. But of course Winter weather is a challenge for running in Chicago, so we’ll just have to hang in there. And send out the appeal for the fundraiser.