Flirting with Zero! Flirt with Dirt achieves 99% Diversion

ONE BROKEN PINT GLASS. One discarded race bib. A few strands of masking tape. A few odds and ends. That was it for trash. Sustainability Report: Flirt with Dirt 2017 Date: June 3, 2017 Event company: RF Events, Ann Arbor MI Location: Lakeshore Park, Novi MI # Attendees: 500 runners Zero Waste Team volunteers: 3Continue reading “Flirting with Zero! Flirt with Dirt achieves 99% Diversion”

Hightail to Ale: Zero Waste in the Rain

Sustainability Report: Hightail to Ale 5K Date: May 5, 2017 Event company: RF Events, Ann Arbor MI Location: Atwater Brewery, Detroit MI # Attendees: 2,900 runners Zero Waste Team volunteers: 4, plus basketball team members Hightail to Ale is one of the “Thirsty 3” series that celebrates great beer, wine, and cider in southern Michigan.Continue reading “Hightail to Ale: Zero Waste in the Rain”

Gazelle Girl Race Achieves 98% Diversion and Saves 2,000 lbs. From Landfill

The Gazelle Girl has done it again! Not only does this annual women’s race get more popular each year, they find new and better ways to make it more environmentally friendly. This was the event (2015) that sparked my involvement in Zero Waste at races, and led to the creation of Happy Planet Running. IContinue reading “Gazelle Girl Race Achieves 98% Diversion and Saves 2,000 lbs. From Landfill”

Mars Shows Earth How to Go Green!

GREETINGS, EARTHLINGS. Now that we have successfully invaded and occupied Earth, we will show you that we love it more than you do. Case in point: we came to Dearborn last Saturday – Earth Day – and ran one of the “greenest” marathons on the planet.

Recycling Marathon Heat Blankets: There Are Ways!

When I crossed the finish line of my first marathon back in 2011, I was handed a thin, light foil blanket. A runner’s body temperature begins to drop rapidly after stopping, and this was to retain some body heat until things stabilized. It was over eighty degrees and sunny that day, so there was noContinue reading “Recycling Marathon Heat Blankets: There Are Ways!”

2017 Ann Arbor Marathon Achieves 96% Landfill Diversion

Date: March 26, 2017 Event company: Epic Races, Ann Arbor MI Location: Downtown Ann Arbor, MI # Attendees: 2,500 runners + staff + spectators Zero Waste Team volunteers: 4 Race Overview The Ann Arbor Marathon is a 5K, 10K, half marathon, and full marathon that takes place in downtown Ann Arbor and surrounding neighborhoods. DespiteContinue reading “2017 Ann Arbor Marathon Achieves 96% Landfill Diversion”

Sustainability Report: Pi Day 5K 2017

Date: March 14, 2017 Event company: Epic Races, Ann Arbor MI Location: Hudson Mills Metropark, Dexter, MI # Attendees: 300 runners + staff + spectators Zero Waste Team volunteers: 4 Race Overview The Pi Run is an annual event held on 3/14. Its name celebrates both pi, the number, and pie, the food. About 250Continue reading “Sustainability Report: Pi Day 5K 2017”

Sustainability Report: RF Events Shamrocks & Shenanigans 5K 2017

Date: March 12, 2017 Event company: RF Events, Ann Arbor MI Location: Downtown Ann Arbor, MI # Attendees: 1,500 runners Zero Waste Team volunteers: 6 Race Overview Shamrocks & Shenanigans is one of a myriad of St. Patrick’s Day races (but of course the RF Events one is the best). Some people run it seriously;Continue reading “Sustainability Report: RF Events Shamrocks & Shenanigans 5K 2017”

Sustainability Report: RF Events Super 5K 2017

Date: February 5, 2017 Event company: RF Events, Ann Arbor MI Location: Novi High School, Novi MI # Attendees: 2,000 runners Zero Waste Team volunteers: 5 (plus 3 more at takedown/cleanup) Race Overview The Super 5K is held every year on the morning of Super Bowl Sunday. As it’s usually cold, runners gather inside NoviContinue reading “Sustainability Report: RF Events Super 5K 2017”

Sustainability Report: Bigfoot Snowshoe 5K/10K 2017

Date: Saturday, January 21, 2017 Event company: RF Events, Ann Arbor MI Location: Timber Ridge Resort, Traverse City MI # Attendees: 480 runners, about 100 spectators Zero Waste Team volunteers: 4 Race Overview The Bigfoot Snowshoe 5K/10K is one of two RF Events races held in the Traverse City area. It’s a popular race, inContinue reading “Sustainability Report: Bigfoot Snowshoe 5K/10K 2017”