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August 25, 2021  |  News  |  Water Filtration

South Portland Sentry: South Portland Coast Guard member receives award

Katie Spotz, a U.S. Coast Guard based in South Portland, was recognized as the 2020 U.S. Coast Guard Elite Female Athlete. Courtesy photo Becca Dunn Photography

South Portland Coast Guard member receives award

Katie Spotz raised $26,000 last year for clean water through various athletic challenges.

SOUTH PORTLAND — On April 23, Katie Spotz, a local activist and athlete, was named the 2020 U.S. Coast Guard Elite Female Athlete of the Year.

Having been in the U.S. Coast Guard since 2018, Spotz raised $26,000 last year through her athletic endeavors in order to bring clean water to communities in need around the world, she said.

She is currently stationed in South Portland.

Most recently, Spotz has been training to run 11 marathons in 11 days. Beginning June 21, the challenge is raising money to fund clean water in Uganda.

A statement released from the U.S. Coast Guard said Spotz’s achievements have gained national attention.

“ENS Spotz distinguished herself in the sport of running,” the statement said. “She is an endurance athlete and charitable ambassador that has raised more than $400,000 for clean water projects worldwide. In 2020, ENS Spotz organized Run4Water initiatives and set records, becoming the first woman ever to do nonstop runs across the states of New Hampshire and Vermont and the first person ever to do a nonstop run across the state of Maine.”

Spotz was recognized at an award ceremony at Portland Head Light, presented by Rear Admiral Thomas G. Allan Jr., she said.

“It was definitely super humbling,” she said. “I admire the people I work among.”

Continue reading more about Katie Spotz and her clean water fundraisers, written by Catherine Bart here:

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