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”

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”

A Very Nice Tri: 2022 Stegosaurus Tri Sustainability Report

Summer triathlon season kicked off around here with the Stegosaurus, the first in the T-Rex series of sprint triathlons. This was about as smooth an event as I’ve been a part of. The weather was perfect, water temperature comfortable, and everything seemed to go well, including the Zero Waste effort, with less than half aContinue reading “A Very Nice Tri: 2022 Stegosaurus Tri Sustainability Report”

Ale’s Well That Ends Well! Hightail to Ale 2022 Sustainability Report

Hightail to Ale is one of those iconic examples of the truism, “If you provide beer, they will come.” Held at the Atwater Brewery in Detroit, runners enjoy a 5K along the riverfront, followed by free beer after they finish, along with live music and food from Simply Spanish, Little Caesar’s, and Atwater. Attendance wasContinue reading “Ale’s Well That Ends Well! Hightail to Ale 2022 Sustainability Report”

She Runs Grand Rapids Sustainability Report

Here’s a great report from the 2022 She Runs Grand Rapids, produced by Green Team captain Chelsea Brehm. In 2015, this event (known then as the Gazelle Girl) was where I learned what a first-class Zero Waste event was like. Over 3,000 runners, and the landfill didn’t fill a shoe box! That led to meContinue reading “She Runs Grand Rapids Sustainability Report”

“biked” and “zero wasted”! Waterloo G&G Sustainability Report

A beautiful cool spring day, perfect for a gravel road bike race, with beer and hot BBQ afterward. What more could one ask for? How about a bike repair shop that offers house calls? And making the event sustainable, with a 99 percent landfill diversion rate? Such were the happenings at this year’s Waterloo G&GContinue reading ““biked” and “zero wasted”! Waterloo G&G Sustainability Report”

The Flagship Race Rocks On! Trail Marathon Weekend 2022 Sustainability Report

Cupless races rock. That pretty much sums up the Zero Waste effort at Trail Marathon Weekend this year. A great weekend of running out in nature, and minimizing our environmental footprint. Pretty hard to top that. Back in 2016, this was the first Zero Waste race RF Events put on, thanks in large part toContinue reading “The Flagship Race Rocks On! Trail Marathon Weekend 2022 Sustainability Report”

Abduction Alert! Martian Invasion of Races Sustainability Report

Hello, Space Force? I’d like to report an alien abduction. How many? Nobody. I’m pretty sure all the runners at our race last Saturday got home safely. But something is definitely missing. You see, I worked at the race, and I collected nearly five hundred pounds of waste. But at the end, I could accountContinue reading “Abduction Alert! Martian Invasion of Races 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”

Wearin’ O’ the White: Shamrocks & Shenanigans 5K Sustainability Report

Dear St. Patrick: Great job with the snakes and all. Anything you can do about snow? The Shamrocks & Shenanigans 5K took place on a day where, unofficially at least, spring took over. But that was in the afternoon. Race morning was a final blast of winter fury – cold, windy, and snowing. Still, theContinue reading “Wearin’ O’ the White: Shamrocks & Shenanigans 5K Sustainability Report”