Women Run the D 2022 Sustainability Report

Happy Planet Running returned to Women Run the D for the first time since 2019, with 2020’s reason obvious, and Pink Elephant Events stepping in last year to help me with a schedule conflict. This event celebrates the strength of women and girls, and in particular those who have survived major health challenges. Two andContinue reading “Women Run the D 2022 Sustainability Report”

Swim to the Moon 2022 Sustainability Report

It was raining when the Green Team arrived at Halfmoon Lake for the 2022 Swim to the Moon, an entirely swim-based event featuring distances from a half-mile up to 10K. Quite a few of the over 700 people who registered didn’t show. “Guess they were afraid they’d get wet,” the announcer said. But those didContinue reading “Swim to the Moon 2022 Sustainability Report”

Red, White, Blue, and Green! 2022 Firecracker 5K Sustainability Report

After a year at Briarwood Mall, this year’s July 4 Firecracker 5K returned to Fourth and Liberty (!) in downtown Ann Arbor. Also back, per tradition, was the hot dog division (eat four hot dogs in 76 seconds, then run the 5K), and a Twinkie division, too. Fortunately, there were no “cleanup on Liberty Street!”Continue reading “Red, White, Blue, and Green! 2022 Firecracker 5K Sustainability Report”

Tri Goddess Tri 2022 Sustainability Report

A perfect morning at Portage Lake for a swim/bike/run, or variations thereof. And it was fun seeing all the kids out there supporting their moms! We set up the Zero Waste station near the food and beer tents, and put All Waste boxes at each end of transition, swapping them out now and then. WeContinue reading “Tri Goddess Tri 2022 Sustainability Report”

Nothing “Shady” Here! Island Lake Triathlon 2022 Sustainability Report

The first Epic Races triathlon for 2022 took place on a gorgeous morning with good water conditions. Several race options are offered, from mini-sprint to Olympic distance, with hot food, ice cream, and Smooj hard smoothies at the finish. Everything seemed to go smoothly, with no hidden trash cans to surprise me at the end.Continue reading “Nothing “Shady” Here! Island Lake Triathlon 2022 Sustainability Report”

Ann Arbor Goddess 5K Sustainability Report

The Ann Arbor Goddess returned to downtown Ann Arbor after three years. An event that has raised over $190,000 for women-focused charities, it features a 5K, kids run, and a “Chocolate Mile” with treats supplied by Willy Wonka in person. And Congressional representative Debbie Dingell was handling out medals at the finish line. With allContinue reading “Ann Arbor Goddess 5K Sustainability Report”

Easy as 3.14159: Pi Day 5K Sustainability Report

For the first time in several years, Epic Races held their “Pi Day” race in person. (Technically two days early, but hey, it’s running plus pie. Sign me up!) Despite cold temps (13 degrees) and wind, about 200 people showed up at Hudson Mills Park to run the 5K or the kids race. The raceContinue reading “Easy as 3.14159: Pi Day 5K Sustainability Report”

Epic Races – The Original Ann Arbor Turkey Trot 2021 Sustainability Report

The Original Ann Arbor Turkey Trot takes place at Hudson Mills Metropark, on a paved path with some challenging slow climbs. Runners can choose the 5K, 10K, or the “Iron Turkey” option for those brave enough to run both. There is also a one-mile kids run and a 200-yard dash for the youngest runners. TheContinue reading “Epic Races – The Original Ann Arbor Turkey Trot 2021 Sustainability Report”

Ann Arbor Marathon 2021 Sustainability Report

The Ann Arbor Marathon was back this year, with a good turnout, and the threatened rain politely held off until the afternoon. Good news for runners, and especially the staff: if you think running in the rain for hours is no fun, just try standing around in it. Either way, the Green Team was thereContinue reading “Ann Arbor Marathon 2021 Sustainability Report”

Battle of Waterloo 2021 Sustainability Report

What’s better than a triathlon – a three-stage swim/bike/run event? How about a ten-stage swim/bike/run event? Over a hundred athletes thought it was a good idea. And what’s even better than that? A ten-stage event that goes Zero Waste, of course. And such is the Battle of Waterloo, so-called because it traverses the trails, roads,Continue reading “Battle of Waterloo 2021 Sustainability Report”