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”

A Little “Lighthouse” Work: Bay to Beacon 2022 Sustainability Report

Bay to Beacon is a new race (second year) along Lake Huron in Alcona County. The main event is a point-to-point half marathon from Negwegon State Park to Sturgeon Point Lighthouse. A 5K and 10K are also offered, starting and finishing at the lighthouse. With such a picturesque and unspoiled setting, it’s only natural thatContinue reading “A Little “Lighthouse” Work: Bay to Beacon 2022 Sustainability Report”

Running Between the Vines 2022 Sustainability Report

Wine in the morning isn’t the most usual thing, but toss in some running, food, and live jazz, and you get Running Between the Vines, which took place as usual at Sandhill Crane Vineyards in Jackson, MI. This event is always a challenge for the Green Team, with the need for stations in several distinctContinue reading “Running Between the Vines 2022 Sustainability Report”

The Legend 2022 Sustainability Report

What’s better than a trail run through a pretty state park? How about a bike race the next day? The Legend – so named due to its location being Sleepy Hollow State Park – has been a Saturday morning trail run for many years. New for this year was a Sunday morning bike race onContinue reading “The Legend 2022 Sustainability Report”

Zero Waste Four Years Running! 2022 Dexter-Ann Arbor Run Sustainability Report

This year’s Dexter-Ann Arbor Run was back at its normal date of early June, with increased attendance and a perfect day for running. And for the fourth consecutive year, we achieved over 96 percent landfill diversion, qualifying it per ZWIA [1] guidelines as a true “Zero Waste” event! (90% Diversion is considered Excellent and 95%Continue reading “Zero Waste Four Years Running! 2022 Dexter-Ann Arbor Run Sustainability Report”

Dexter-Ann Arbor Run 2021 Sustainability Report

The Dexter-Ann Arbor Run is one of Ann Arbor’s longest-running events. This is the 47th year of the event, and the third using a Zero Waste approach. Once again we achieved over 90 percent landfill diversion, officially making it a “Zero Waste” event per ZWIA guidelines! Attendance was down from previous years but still healthy,Continue reading “Dexter-Ann Arbor Run 2021 Sustainability Report”

Running Between the Vines Sustainability Report

The run at Sandhill Crane Vineyards returned this year, and conditions were perfect for both the races and the post-race party. “It’s almost like cheating,” the race director said of the weather. The event features a half marathon, 5-miler, and 5K. After their race, runners head behind the vineyard to enjoy live jazz, wine tastings,Continue reading “Running Between the Vines Sustainability Report”

Ann Arbor Track Club Salutes Zero Waste at its Flagship Event

The Dexter-Ann Arbor Run, a half-marathon put on by the Ann Arbor Track Club (AATC), has been held annually since 1974 and draws thousands of runners each year. As with any event that size, it generates a lot of waste. In 2018 AATC approved a Zero Waste initiative for the race, and landfill waste wasContinue reading “Ann Arbor Track Club Salutes Zero Waste at its Flagship Event”

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 heatContinue reading “Strong and Sustainable: Women Run the D Zero Waste Report”

Wine, Dine, and Run: Running Between the Vines 2019 Sustainability Report

What’s better than an early morning run that ends in a vineyard? Getting to have wine afterwards, of course – with live jazz and food thrown in. And you get a shirt, and a race-branded wine goblet to enjoy the vintages of your choice! With all that pampering comes hundreds of pounds of cardboard boxes,Continue reading “Wine, Dine, and Run: Running Between the Vines 2019 Sustainability Report”