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Detroit Women’s Half Marathon 2018 Sustainability Report

The Zero Waste effort at the Detroit Women’s Half was abuzz with activity – not all of it helpful, unfortunately. But despite that, we ended up with a bee-utiful day and a “honey” of a result! See below for the scoop!

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2018 Dexter-Ann Arbor Run Sustainability Report

An iconic running event in the Ann Arbor area gets a big boost to its Zero Waste efforts. With several thousand runners, thousands of discarded cups, and nearly 2,000 pounds of total event waste, how did they achieve over 98 percent landfill diversion and leave their trash dumpsters nearly empty? Read on to find out!

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Great and Getting Better: Trail Marathon Weekend 2018 Sustainability Report

Despite lousy weather in 2017, Zero Waste at Trail Marathon Weekend improved significantly from 2016, cutting landfill waste in half and improving diversion from 90 percent to 95 percent. Could we improve even more on this in 2018?

We did indeed! Read on to find out how we did it.

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Hear Them Roar! Detroit Women’s Half Marathon Sustainability Report

What happens when you take 1,000 women, give them coffee and chocolate, and blast the Katy Perry music? A half marathon breaks out! Would the Zero Waste team pick up enough of that energy to stay on top of the trash? Read on to find out!

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Trail Marathon: A Great Anniversary Present

Happy Anniversary to RF Events! Despite the threat of lousy weather, the races went on, and the results were great both for the runners and for the environment. See below how we did vs. our very first Zero Waste event at this race last year.
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2022 HPR-Supported Zero Waste Events

Date Organizer Event Location Visit Site
Q1 (January-March)
January 29 RF Events Bigfoot Snowshoe Race Traverse City Bigfoot Snowshoe Race
February 13 RF Events Super 5K Novi Super 5K
March 12 Epic Races Pi(e) Day 5K Dexter
March 13 RF Events Shamrocks & Shenanigans 5K Ann Arbor Shamrocks and Shenanigans
Q2 (April-June)
April 3 Epic Races Ann Arbor Goddess Ann Arbor
April 9 RF Events Martian Invasion of Races Dearborn, MI Martian Invasion of Races
April 23-24 RF Events Trail Marathon Weekend Pinckney Trail Marathon Weekend
April 30 Tris4Health Waterloo G&G Bike Races Portage Lake
May 1 Gazelle Sports She Runs Grand Rapids Grand Rapids She Runs Grand Rapids
May 13 RF Events Hightail to Ale 5K Detroit Hightail to Ale
June 1 RF Events Stegosaurus Tri Brighton Stegosaurus Triathlon
June 4 Epic Races Island Lake Triathlon Kensington MI Image result for island lake triathlon logo
June 4 RF Events Flirt with Dirt 5K/10K Novi Flirt with Dirt
June 5 Ann Arbor Track Club Dexter-Ann Arbor Run Ann Arbor Dexter-Ann Arbor Half Marathon
June 18 RF Events Liberty Festival 5K/10K Canton Canton Liberty Run
June 25 Epic Races Tri Goddess Tri Portage Lake Image result for tri goddess tri logo
June 29 RF Events Triceratops Tri Brighton Triceratops Triathlon-2022
Q3 (July-September)
July 4 Epic Races Firecracker 5K Ann Arbor epic races firecracker 5K
July 23 Tris4Health Ugly Dog Triathlon Portage Lake epic races ugly dog tri
July 27 RF Events Pterodacytl Tri Brighton Pterodactyl Triathlon
July 29 RF Events Oberun 5K Ypsilanti Oberun
August 6 RF Events The Legend Trail Races Lansing The Legend
August 6 Epic Races Ann Arbor Triathlon Halfmoon Lake Image result for ann arbor triathlon logo
August 13 RF Events Running Between the Vines Jackson Running Between the Vines
August 20 NEMI Bay to Beacon Alcona County Bay to Beacon
August 21 Epic Races Swim to the Moon Halfmoon Lake Epic Races Swim to the Moon Celebrating 10 years
August 24 RF Events T-Rex Tri Brighton T-Rex Triathlon
Sept. 9-11 RF Events Run Woodstock Pinckney Run Woodstock
September 18 Epic Races Women Run the D Half Marathon Belle Isle
September 24 RF Events Dances with Dirt – Hell Hell, MI DWD Hell
Q4 (October-December)
October 2 RF Events Scrumpy Skedaddle 5K/10K Flushing, MI Scrumpy Skedaddle
October 2 Epic Races Ann Arbor Marathon Ann Arbor
October 8 RF Events Run Scream Run 5K/10K Ypsilanti Run Scream Run
November 5 RF Events Bonfyre Trail Fest Chelsea Bonfyre Trail Fest
November 12 Epic Races Ann Arbor Turkey Trot Dexter Epic Races - Turkey Trot
November 24 RF Events Turkey Trot Ann Arbor RF Turkey Trot
December 10 RF Events Holiday Hustle 5K Dexter Holiday Hustle

2020 HPR-Supported Zero Waste Events

Events in this list are either serviced by Happy Planet Running, or HPR is assisting in a support or volunteer role for the event’s Zero Waste program. 

DateOrganizerEventLocationVisit Site
  Q1 (January-March)  
January 11-12Epic RacesFrosty FreestyleBrighton, MIEpic Races Frosty Freestyle and Krazy Klassic
January 25RF EventsBigfoot Snowshoe RaceTraverse CityBIGFOOT CALENDAR SQUARE
February 2RF EventsSuper 5KNoviSUPER 5K CALENDAR SQUARE
March 14Epic RacesPi(e) Day 5KDexter
March 15RF EventsShamrocks & Shenanigans 5KAnn ArborSHAMROCKS CALENDAR SQUARE
March 15Epic RacesWaterloo G&G Bike RacesPortage Lake
March 21NFATNo Frills All Thrills Trail 4K/8KBrightonNFAT logo
March 22Epic RacesAnn Arbor MarathonAnn Arbor
  Q2 (April-June)  
April 18RF EventsMartian Invasion of RacesDearborn, MI1MARTIAN CALENDAR SQUARE 2
April 19Gazelle SportsGazelle GirlGrand RapidsGazelle Girl
April 25-26RF EventsTrail Marathon WeekendPinckneyTRAIL WEEKEND CALENDAR SQUARE
April 26Epic RacesAnn Arbor GoddessAnn Arbor
May 2Upland Hills SchoolRun Upland Hills 5K/10KOxford, MI
May 8RF EventsHightail to Ale 5KDetroitHIGHTAIL CALENDAR SQUARE
May 31Ann Arbor Track ClubDexter-Ann Arbor RunAnn ArborDexter-Ann Arbor Half Marathon
June 6Epic RacesIsland Lake TriathlonKensington MIImage result for island lake triathlon logo
June 6RF EventsFlirt with Dirt 5K/10KNoviFLIRT CALENDAR SQUARE
June 20RF EventsLiberty Festival 5K/10KCantonLIBERTY CALENDAR SQUARE
June 26RF EventsOberun 5KYpsilantiOBERUN CALENDAR SQUARE
June 28Epic RacesTri Goddess TriPortage LakeImage result for tri goddess tri logo
  Q3 (July-September)  
July 4Epic RacesFirecracker 5KAnn Arborepic races firecracker 5K
July 15RF EventsPterodacytl TriBrightonPTERODACTYL CALENDAR SQUARE
July 18Epic RacesUgly Dog TriathlonPortage Lakeepic races ugly dog tri
August 1RF EventsThe Legend Trail RacesLansingLEGEND CALENDAR SQUAREnn
August 1Epic RacesAnn Arbor TriathlonHalfmoon LakeImage result for ann arbor triathlon logo
August 15RF EventsRunning Between the VinesJacksonVINES CALENDAR SQUARE
August 16Epic RacesSwim to the MoonHalfmoon LakeEpic Races Swim to the Moon Celebrating 10 years
August 19RF EventsT-Rex TriBrightonTREX CALENDAR SQUARE
Sept. 11-13RF EventsRun WoodstockPinckneyWOODSTOCK CALENDAR SQUARES
September 13Epic RacesWomen Run the D Half MarathonBelle Isle
September 26RF EventsDances with Dirt – HellHell, MIHELL CALENDAR SQUARE
  Q4 (October-December)  
October 4RF EventsScrumpy Skedaddle 5K/10KFlushing, MISCRUMPY CALENDAR SQUARE
October 10RF EventsRun Scream Run 5K/10KYpsilantiRUN SCREAM CALENDAR SQUARE
October 24RF EventsGo Apples 5KCharlotte
November 7Epic RacesHot Cocoa Classic 5KBrightonHot Cocoa Classic
November 7RF EventsBonfyre Trail FestChelsea
November 14RF EventsRun Vasa TrailTraverse CityVASA CALENDAR SQUARE
November 21Epic RacesAnn Arbor Turkey TrotDexterEpic Races - Turkey Trot
November 26RF EventsTurkey TrotAnn ArborTURKEY TROT CALENDAR SQUARE
December 12RF EventsHoliday Hustle 5KDexterHOLIDAY HUSTLE CALENDAR SQUARE

2019 HPR-Supported Zero Waste Events

Events in this list are either serviced by Happy Planet Running, or HPR is assisting in a support or volunteer role for the event’s Zero Waste program. 

DateOrganizerEventLocationVisit Site
  Q1 (January-March)  
January 12Epic RacesFrosty FreestyleBrighton, MIEpic Races Frosty Freestyle and Krazy Klassic
January 26RF EventsBigfoot Snowshoe RaceTraverse CityBIGFOOT CALENDAR SQUARE
February 3RF EventsSuper 5KNoviSUPER 5K CALENDAR SQUARE
March 10RF EventsShamrocks & Shenanigans 5KAnn ArborSHAMROCKS CALENDAR SQUARE
March 16Epic RacesWaterloo G&G Bike RacesPortage Lake
March 24Epic RacesAnn Arbor MarathonAnn Arbor
  Q2 (April-June)  
April 7NFATNo Frills All Thrills Trail 4K/8KBrightonNFAT logo
April 13RF EventsMartian Invasion of RacesDearborn, MI1MARTIAN CALENDAR SQUARE 2
April 14Gazelle SportsGazelle GirlGrand RapidsGazelle Girl
April 27-28RF EventsTrail Marathon WeekendPinckneyTRAIL WEEKEND CALENDAR SQUARE
May 4Upland Hills SchoolRun Upland Hills 5K/10KOxford, MIPicture
May 10RF EventsHightail to Ale 5KDetroitHIGHTAIL CALENDAR SQUARE
May 12Epic RacesAnn Arbor GoddessAnn Arbor
June 1Epic RacesIsland Lake TriathlonKensington MIImage result for island lake triathlon logo
June 2Ann Arbor Track ClubDexter-Ann Arbor RunAnn ArborDexter-Ann Arbor Half Marathon
June 8RF EventsFlirt with Dirt 5K/10KNoviFLIRT CALENDAR SQUARE
June 15RF EventsLiberty Festival 5K/10KCantonLIBERTY CALENDAR SQUARE
June 21RF EventsOberun Ypsi 5KYpsilantiOBERUN CALENDAR SQUARE
June 23Epic RacesTri Goddess TriPortage LakeImage result for tri goddess tri logo
June 26RF EventsTriceratops TriBrightonTRICERATOPS CALENDAR SQUARE
  Q3 (July-September)  
July 4Epic RacesFirecracker 5KAnn Arborepic races firecracker 5K
July 21Epic RacesBattle of WaterlooPortage Lakeepic races battle of waterloo
July 19RF EventsOberun Indy 5KIndianapolisoberindy calendar square
July 24RF EventsPterodacytl TriBrightonPTERODACTYL CALENDAR SQUARE
August 3RF EventsThe Legend Trail RacesLansingLEGEND CALENDAR SQUAREnn
August 3Epic RacesAnn Arbor TriathlonHalfmoon LakeImage result for ann arbor triathlon logo
August 17RF EventsRunning Between the VinesJacksonVINES CALENDAR SQUARE
August 18Epic RacesSwim to the MoonHalfmoon LakeEpic Races Swim to the Moon Celebrating 10 years
August 21RF EventsT-Rex TriBrightonTREX CALENDAR SQUARE
Sept. 6-8RF EventsRun WoodstockPinckneyWOODSTOCK CALENDAR SQUARES
September 7Epic RacesUgly Dog TriathlonPortage Lakeepic races ugly dog tri
September 15Epic RacesDetroit Women’s Half MarathonBelle Isle
September 15HELPAIDS Walk Detroit – 5KDetroitAIDS Walk Detroit
September 21RF EventsDances with Dirt – HellHell, MIHELL CALENDAR SQUARE
  Q4 (October-December)  
October 6RF EventsScrumpy Skedaddle 5K/10KFlushing, MISCRUMPY CALENDAR SQUARE
October 12RF EventsRun Scream Run 5K/10KYpsilantiRUN SCREAM CALENDAR SQUARE
November 2Epic RacesHot Cocoa Classic 5KBrightonHot Cocoa Classic
November 9RF EventsRun Vasa TrailTraverse CityVASA CALENDAR SQUARE
November 10Epic RacesAnn Arbor Turkey TrotDexterEpic Races - Turkey Trot
November 28RF EventsTurkey TrotAnn ArborTURKEY TROT CALENDAR SQUARE
December 14RF EventsHoliday Hustle 5KDexterHOLIDAY HUSTLE CALENDAR SQUARE
    

Recycling Roundup, Week of Feb. 25, 2019: Zero Waste Cities

A number of cities around the world – at least 25, according to National Geographic – are pursuing Zero Waste as a city-wide initiative. Of the 94 major cities in the C40 Cities organization, 23 have signed a commitment that includes the following goals by the year 2030:

  • Cut the amount of waste generated by each citizen by 15%
  • Reduce the amount of waste sent to landfills and incineration by 50%
  • Increase the landfill diversion rate to 70%

It sounds great. But how much can reasonably be achieved?

In this post I highlight a couple of cities that have already made major strides in this direction – and one that is struggling with the basics.

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Happy Planet Running Receives Environmental Awareness Award!

From the Totally Unexpected News desk: I’ve won an award!

The Ann Arbor Area Board of Realtors (AAABoR) has selected HPR to receive its Eunice L. Burns Environmental Awareness Award for 2018.

The award recognizes HPR for developing Zero Waste programs for local running events such as the Ann Arbor Marathon and the Dexter and Ann Arbor Turkey Trots. In 2017 HPR helped 30 events recycle and compost over 15,000 pounds (nearly eight tons) of event waste that would otherwise have gone to a landfill.

Firecracker 5K - single bag of trash
2017 Firecracker 5K: Total event trash held up with two pinkies!

The award will be presented at the AAABoR General Membership Meeting in January. I’ll provide details after the date is confirmed, and again after the ceremony.

More information about the award, and its past recipients, can be found on the award’s web page here.

Many thanks to Mary at Epic Races for nominating HPR and to AAABoR for selecting me!

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