How Runners Can Be More Eco-Friendly

Being eco-friendly means doing minimal harm to the environment. By buying more eco-friendly products and utilizing methods that will save energy and lessen pollution you can become a better steward of the planet. So exactly how can runners do their part to be more eco-friendly?

For a runner to be more eco-friendly they have to take into account everything from the clothes they wear to run in to the distance they have to go to for a race to the type of water bottle they use. This may take a little planning, but it can be done and the planet will thank you for it.

  • Choose local races – Yes, it can be more fun to travel to the Boston Marathon or the New York Marathon, or even to an international race, but it will also increase your carbon footprint. Whenever you can, choose to run in as many local races as you can. To find them contact local running stores and local running clubs. Both will have a good handle on what’s going on in the neighborhood when it comes to races.
  • Find eco-friendly marathons¬†– If you scour the Internet you can find races that have made it a point to be more eco-friendly. They are using green materials, local produce, and instead of throwing away food, they are donating it to help feed the homeless. Runners also donate some of their slightly used shoes and clothes to Goodwill.
  • Don’t drive – Runners are being encouraged to either take public transportation or to carpool with other runners. You not only will be saving the planet, but you’ll be saving money on gas.
  • Bring your own water bottle – Many marathons are cutting down on the costly and wasteful paper cups that end up littering the race path. Some marathons are setting up huge drinking fountains where runners can fill up their water bottles and be on their way without wasting paper cups.
  • Eco-friendly clothes – Many runners are trading their synthetic running fabrics for more organic and green fabrics.

The trend towards more eco-friendly marathons will help educate runners about different ways they can be more eco-friendly .


Marathons Raise Money for Charity This Thanksgiving

As Americans celebrate Thanksgiving with turkey, stuffing and pumpkin pie, runners across the country are raising money for those less fortunate so they can enjoy a good Thanksgiving meal. These traditional marathons are often called “turkey trots” and are held on Thanksgiving Day or Thanksgiving weekend.

Sometimes the events are a fundraising marathon for a local food bank or charity, or sometimes they are a fundraiser for a particular person or group of people. The entry fees go to the fundraising cause, and that can really add up. A church marathon team recently raised $500,000 for 2 villages in Zambia so they could have clean water.

If you can’t pay the entry fee for a marathon, or you’re not a runner, volunteer your time. Races always need volunteers to give out water at the water stations or other tasks on race day.

And if you can’t volunteer at the race, at least volunteer your time in other easy this holiday season. Visit a patient in the hospital. Bring something they would appreciate, like books, toys for kids, or special treats. Visit someone in a nursing home.

If you’re a runner, are you going to be entering any marathons that give to charity this year?