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Running is good for people. It should be good for the Earth, too! Click the photo for a video that shows what Happy Planet Running is all about – and how the Can’d Aid Foundation can help you get started with a Zero Waste program!

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This site promotes and supports running events that are environmentally friendly, energy frugal, and as waste-free as possible, while providing a great experience for everyone involved – runners, spectators, and volunteers.

Sound good? Are you hooked? Browse this site and find out what’s happening with sustainable running. And if you know something we don’t, please give us a holler and enlighten us!
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Hot Cocoa Classic 2019 Sustainability Report

What’s better than hot chocolate after a November morning race with a steep climb in it? Hot chocolate with marshmallows and candy canes, of course! And so several hundred people cheerfully ran or walked up and down the Mt. Brighton ski hill.

The challenge for the Zero Waste team is handling a lot of waste in a short window, as the resort opens for general business later in the morning. Could we continue the great results of over 98 percent landfill diversion at this event? Read on to find out!

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Fyred Up! Bonfyre Trail Fest 2019 Sustainability Report

What’s a good way to handle a chilly fall morning? Warm up with a good trail run, then stay warm next to a fire with beer and s’mores. All done in an environmentally sound manner, of course! So the Zero Waste team was on site to compost and recycle as much as we could. The beer and treats had nothing to do with it. Really.

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Orchard Trifecta: Go Apples 2019 Sustainability Report

It was a chilly morning at Country Mill and Orchard, but the runners showed up anyway to sneak in a race and have cider and treats before the rain came. Did the Zero Waste team mind supporting “yet another” orchard race? Right. Pass the donuts, please!

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Run Scream Run 2019 Sustainability Report

A scary race in an apple orchard, with a costume contest and cider and donuts for the survivors. That’s Run Scream Run, a 5K or 10K race that takes runners through an orchard, nearby woods, and through a haunted village featuring mummies and chainsaw-wielding maniacs.

And what if the cups, leftover food, and cardboard had to be buried in a landfill? Now that’s scary! Fortunately, the Zero Waste team was there to make sure that didn’t happen. How little of the event’s waste ended up in a “grave?” See below to find out!
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A Flippin’ Good Time! Scrumpy Skedaddle Sustainability Report

Fall has officially arrived, and it’s peak season at the cider mills. Combine a race with terrific apple cider, pancakes, and live music, and you have a recipe for a very popular event. And so it has proved for the Scrumpy Skedaddle at Almar Orchards. When even the race director (right of stroller) gets into the act with her new baby, you know it’s gotta be good!

Going compostable has reduced overall waste and simplified things for the Zero Waste team, but there’s still plenty of work for them to do. And the very lives of the orchard’s pigs depended on our diligent collection of the leftover food (just ask them). Did we leave the event clean and pigs stuffed? See below!

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A Long, Dirty Day: Dances with Dirt Hell Sustainability Report

A wet, dirty run through the wilderness. Not your idea of how to spend a fall Saturday? How about pizza, beer, and live music afterward? Plus you can wear exotic costumes and give your team a raunchy name. Welcome to Dances with Dirt, Hell edition!

This very popular event creates a lot of waste, most of which gets tossed during the exodus from the park just as it’s getting dark. Oh, and there are nine full-service aid stations, too. The Zero Waste team thus shares in the day’s suffering, and without the fancy costumes and raunchy team name. Did they still push through it without getting buried in leftover pizza? Read on to find out!

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Ugly Dog Tri Sustainability Report

Okay, so this race is which of the following?

a) A gravel road triathlon with an ugly dog contest included;
b) A race where athletes have to run with their ugly dogs;
c) A event sponsored by a distillery with an interesting name.
d) All of the above.

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Strong and Sustainable: Women Run the D Zero Waste Report

The women came to Belle Isle to celebrate their strength and run in the beautiful park. A little bit of inclement weather didn’t dampen their enthusiasm! And the Green Team was there to make sure we left the park cleaner than we found it, with as little as possible going to landfill. After the heat and yellow jacket invasion of last year, did we have the fortitude to get it done? Bee-lieve it!

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Sustainability Rocks! Run Woodstock 2019 Report

A weekend of peace, love, music, and running, Good vibes and good weather made for a groovy time, as 2,000 runners and campers got their hippie on. Lemon James belted out the Hendrix-style national anthem as usual, and the trails hosted race distances from 5K up to 100 miles.

A rocking weekend also meant a busy one for those behind the scenes, including the Zero Waste team, which worked long and hard to keep the campground clean and the landfill dumpster as empty as possible. Did we rock it out, or go down in flames? See below!

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