Hell of a Good Day: Dances with Dirt 2022 Sustainability Report

It was a pretty good day in Hell for Dances with Dirt this year. A brief rain in the morning turned into a cool overcast day, with the sun peeking out occasionally. A perfect day for solo and relay ultras in the woods. The big change from 2021 was relocation from Halfmoon Lake to CampContinue reading “Hell of a Good Day: Dances with Dirt 2022 Sustainability Report”

Peace, Love, and Zero Waste: Run Woodstock 2022 Sustainability Report

Run Woodstock: a weekend of peace, love, music, and running. And one heck of a lot of work for the staff, including the Green Team. I enjoy the vibe, live music, and passion of the runners, despite long hours and the inevitable nasty surprise or two, like last year’s pile of bags at the HogContinue reading “Peace, Love, and Zero Waste: Run Woodstock 2022 Sustainability Report”

(Rain) Dances with Dirt – Hell 2021 Sustainability Report

Hell is a wetter place than I’d imagined. At least this year’s Dances with Dirt in Hell, Michigan, was wet. The races (50K, 50-mile, and relay) began on time, into a steady rain that lasted until after 10 a.m. The skies cleared in the afternoon and it warmed up, but the post-race area remained saturated,Continue reading “(Rain) Dances with Dirt – Hell 2021 Sustainability Report”

Peace, Love, and Zero Waste: Run Woodstock 2021 Sustainability Report

I had a feeling things were going too well. It was Sunday morning, the final day of Run Woodstock, and the bags of waste from the Saturday night aid station cleanup were fewer than usual. And I had a good crew coming to assist with the final sorting and takedown. Things were looking up! RunContinue reading “Peace, Love, and Zero Waste: Run Woodstock 2021 Sustainability Report”

Sustainability Rocks! Run Woodstock 2019 Report

A weekend of peace, love, music, and running, Good vibes and good weather made for a groovy time, as 2,000 runners and campers got their hippie on. Lemon James belted out the Hendrix-style national anthem as usual, and the trails hosted race distances from 5K up to 100 miles. A rocking weekend also meant aContinue reading “Sustainability Rocks! Run Woodstock 2019 Report”

Going Long for a Great Cause: Veterans Memorial 150 2019 Sustainability Report

Supporting Zero Waste at any running event is challenging. But how about a three-day point-to-point race that crosses an entire state? What would be the greater challenge – running the race, or applying sustainable practices for 150 miles? We were going to find out!

How I Failed a Cupless Race

All right, I’m just going to come out and say it right here. I failed my first cupless race. Yes, me. Mister Zero Waste, owner of an event sustainability company and decrier of our current throwaway society. Here I will confess all, so you can learn from my sad experience and avoid similar shame.

Lots of Love and Running, Not Much Waste! Run Woodstock 2018 Sustainability Report

The music was grooving, the weather was cool, and the trails were in top condition. Sounds like a perfect recipe for a weekend of camping and trail running! And so it proved for this year’s Run Woodstock at Hell Creek Ranch. But with a record number of campers, could the Zero Waste Team stay onContinue reading “Lots of Love and Running, Not Much Waste! Run Woodstock 2018 Sustainability Report”

A Day in Hell: Dances with Dirt 2018 Sustainability Report

This race has it all. Solo ultras, a 100K relay, beer and pizza at the end, … and a long day for the staff, including the Zero Waste team. The past two years, the rush of people all leaving at once has overwhelmed the Zero Waste team with rapidly filled bags of beer cans andContinue reading “A Day in Hell: Dances with Dirt 2018 Sustainability Report”

Down and Dirty: Dances with Dirt – Hell 2017

Dances with Dirt – Hell is an excuse for several thousand people to dress up in wild costumes, run a few miles on trails, get dirty, and then consume a lot of beer. Hundreds of relay teams and a few brave solo ultrarunners carve their way through the Pinckney recreation area – some of itContinue reading “Down and Dirty: Dances with Dirt – Hell 2017”