Tomorrow is April 22, and my question of the day is “how can runners celebrate Earth Day”? I mean, so many of us use the great outdoors, so let’s give back and show the love to Mother Earth for all the gifts she gives us.
Go For A Plog
Plogging is an activity that derives from Sweden, combining picking up litter with jogging. It’s brilliant, really. I can’t tell you how many times I go out to run or walk, and stumble upon garbage in the local parks or along the sidewalks. People who litter are terrible, but runners can help by heading out with a small bag and gloves to pick up what they see along the way. Sometimes, if it’s too much, I’ll mark the location and come back later with my car or bike to haul out the trash.
Get A New ROAD iD + Plant A Tree At The Same Time
From now through April 22, ROAD iD commits to planting a tree for every ID sold. Amazing! And even more amazing are these limited edition Earth Day IDs! The Earth Day ID comes in the Elite style, in both 13mm and 19mm, and they are absolutely gorgeous. Give one as a gift to yourself or your favorite tree hugger, and know that your purchase will have a positive impact on our planet. Use code RUNSWITHPUGS when you buy (affiliate code) for an additional 25% off this or any ROAD id.
Run an Earth-Day-Themed Event
Obviously, runners love to run, so let them run! Join in any Earth-Day-themed events your area offers. Virtual runs are an option, too, like this Earth Day Virtual Race from the AfterShokz Shokz Squad on Strava. All you have to do is run on your own or with friends, and record your time. You might even win a new pier of Aeropex or Air headphones!
Try To Be More Sustainable
I am terribly guilty of extra waste with my post-run treats. Local coffee shops are not filling reusable cups because of COVID, and home coffee just doesn’t do it for me. Real-time races also seem to have moved towards handing out individual bottles, rather than paper cups, again for health reasons. I notice that we used a lot more single-use items during this pandemic, and while it made a lot of sense for sanitary purposes, it was wasteful and not very good for the planet. We have definitely circled away from paper plates and plastic bags, but we have a long way to go.
We runners need to fuel, so we might as well do it locally, showing support to the small farms that matter so much. Local farmers are one of the heartbeats of our nation, and by sourcing our produce and foods from them as much as possible, we can help keep these small local businesses reaping the benefits of our earth.
Runners, how are you celebrating Earth Day?
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