Scientists estimate that it takes 450 years for one disposable plastic water bottle to decompose in a landfill. 450 YEARS! Let’s stop adding to the problem, and start working together to live more sustainable lives and reduce our carbon footprints. We only have one planet – let’s take care of her!
This year, the Keweenaw Running Group is working with Canal Run organizers to help the event become more eco-friendly. The Keweenaw Running Group is very excited to share with you that they will be holding a contest where each participant can enter a raffle to win a brand new Garmin Vivosport GPS Watch. Stop by the Keweenaw Running Group booth at the runner expo during packet pickup on Friday afternoon/evening to fill out a raffle ticket and to learn about more ways you can help the planet. The winner will be announced at the conclusion of the race on Saturday at the race finish area at McLain State Park.
Do your part by bringing a water bottle
Each year the Canal Run purchases 100’s of cups for racers which tend to just get one sip and then get thrown on the road to be collected as trash by the volunteers. One major way a running event of this magnitude can cut back on waste is for participants to carry their own water bottles. Please consider bringing your own water/sports drink bottle to the race and carrying it with you. There are many benefits to this besides helping the planet – including that you can actually stay better hydrated by being able to drink whenever you’d like, and also that you can pick whatever flavor Gatorade you like best. As a special incentive, if you bring the bottle you’ll be carrying during the race to the Keweenaw Running Group booth on Friday, you’ll get an EXTRA raffle ticket to fill out, increasing your chances of winning the Garmin watch!
Canal Run organizers have also made some other major changes to the event this year including offering 100 percent completely compostable cups for runners who don’t carry their own liquids. You can read about more of their eco-friendly initiatives in upcoming articles and also learn more about how YOU can help the planet, too. Let’s work together to be more green!