Katie Spotz Profile
28-year old Katie Spotz, from Mentor, Ohio, describes herself as having been the "benchwarmer" throughout her life. However, there came a time when she made a discovery: you don't have to be extraordinary to achieve incredible things. And she set about achieving them, one by one.
Katie's Promises Include:
• Youngest person to ever row across the Atlantic Ocean solo. Her 70-day journey from Africa to South America spanned over 3,000 miles.
• First person to Swim the entire 325-mile Allegheny River.
• Bicycled across the United States twice on one trip, broke her hip on one attempt, but still finished using a hand bike.
• Ran 200 miles of the Mojave Desert in just 10 days while pushing her gear
Throughout her row, Katie wasn't just seeking to make history. She was also raising money for safe drinking water projects around the world. As interest grew in Katie's amazing exploits, donations came flooding in.
Katie's work has been featured on CBS Morning Show, CBS Evening News, World News with Diane Sawyer, Anderson Cooper 360, New York Times, NPR, PBS News Hour, and the Discovery Channel. In 2010, Katie was honored by Glamour Magazine as a "Women of the Year", alongside people like Julia Roberts, Cher, and Queen Rania of Jordan.
Katie Spotz is the Chapter Impact Lead of because I said I would, the international social movement and nonprofit dedicated to the betterment of humanity through promises made and kept. In 2011, Katie helped raise more than $10,000 for ten schools in Kenya that needed clean drinking water. Since then, she continues to support global water projects through endurance challenges, and her promises have helped raise over $275,000 for multiple charities.