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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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T-Rex Triathlon Sustainability Report

Another good result from the summer triathlon series, although trash was higher than usual due to time crunch.

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Swim to the Moon 2018 Sustainability Report

Another excellent Zero Waste result from an Epic Races event, with lower trash and an improved diversion result.

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Running Between the Vines 2018 Sustainability Report

“Come taste the wine, come hear the band, . . . and run a half marathon!”

Actually, you get the run in first. Then you collect your medal and finisher’s wine tumbler, and head to the post-race party featuring food and drink from local vendors, and wine from the vineyard hosting the event. For the runners, it’s one grand morning.

For the Zero Waste team, not so much. What happens when you’re short on volunteers and collection bins at one of the busiest and most waste-producing events of the year? All is revealed below!

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Ann Arbor Triathlon 2018 Sustainability Report

A great day, a well-run race, live calypso music, food, and beer! What could be better? Not too much, except having almost no trash on top of it!

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No Scare Here! The Legend Run 2018 Sustainability Report

Another beautiful day for trail races at Sleepy Hollow State Park, and while the Headless Horseman was nowhere to be seen, there was another terrific Zero Waste result. Continue reading “No Scare Here! The Legend Run 2018 Sustainability Report”

Blessed Routine: Pterodactyl Triathlon Sustainability Report

Well, that was a relief.

After the frenetic scramble of Oberun, it was great to recover with a simple, straightforward event where the Zero Waste effort went as planned.

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Overrun? Oberun Ypsi 5K Sustainability Report

A 5K on a beautiful summer evening in an orchard, with food, games, and beer afterward. What could go wrong? For the runners, nothing. For the Zero Waste team behind the scenes? Plenty! Read on for how things could have ended in disaster, and how we recovered.

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Freedom from Trash: Firecracker 5K 2018 Sustainability Report

A beautiful Fourth of July, perfect for a morning 5K, viewing a parade, and then spending the day eating and hanging out with family and friends. What could be better than that? All that, plus nearly zero waste at the race!

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Triceratops Triathlon Sustainability Report

The 2018 T-Rex Triathlon series kicks off with the Triceratops on a beautiful June evening. Last year we averaged over 95 percent landfill diversion over the three events. Would we be able to continue that level of performance?

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