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RF Events
Ann Arbor, MI
Zero Waste since 2016

Puts on over 20 events per year from 5K holiday races through multi-day ultramarathons, triathlons, and a snowshoe race.

In 2018 the Zero Waste team recycled or composted over five tons of event waste, with 94 percent landfill diversion.

“I used to feel guilty about how much we threw away during our events. I don’t feel guilty anymore.”

— Randy Step, owner


Epic Races
Ann Arbor, MI
Zero Waste since 2017

Holds multiple events per year, including the Ann Arbor Marathon, Detroit Women’s Half Marathon, as well as a bike race, swim race, and triathlons.

In 2018 Epic Races events averaged over 97 percent landfill diversion and their Zero Waste program was featured by USA Triathlon.

“After implementing Happy Planet Running’s solid waste plan, only 3% … was sent to landfills during our first year working together.  We look forward to continuing to implement all that we have learned from Jeff at future events.  This kind of education should be mandatory for all event directors.”

— Eva Solomon, owner

Dexter-Ann Arbor Half Marathon

Ann Arbor Track Club
Ann Arbor, MI
Zero Waste: Dexter-Ann Arbor Run 2018

HPR supported the finish line team and helped improve the diversion rate from about 50 percent to over 98 percent. “Overall, we prevented 98.4% of the race waste from going to the landfill. This is a really great diversion rate…

Jeff took [300 yogurt cups] home and cleaned them in his washing machine. That boy is dedicated.”

— Michael Linkevich, finish line director


Upland Hills School
Oxford, MI
Zero Waste: Run Upland Hills 5K/10K

The 2018 Run Upland Hills 5K/10K was the school’s first organized running event. They wanted it to be as sustainable as possible.

Jeff spoke to the children and teachers planning the race, supplied compostable cups, and supervised the waste stations on race day.

Upland Hills 5K 2018 - Tent with race staff

“I showed the tiny bag of waste to the children in Race Class and they gave a spontaneous round of applause, as did the staff when I showed them later.  Thank you so much for being a part of making our first run such a success.”

— Robert Crowe, teacher and race director