Remember the three R’s –Reduce, Reuse, Recycle! The Canal Run has undergone many changes this year in an effort to follow these simple rules and become more sustainable and environmentally friendly. Working with the Keweenaw Running Group, organizers made some amazing changes to help lower the carbon footprint of the race and its participants. For example, the Canal Run is holding a shoe drive where participants can bring used and new shoes to Quincy Green the day before and the day of the race or to the First Apostolic Lutheran Church the day of the race to be donated to those in need. This will keep those shoes out of landfills as well as help those who most need it.
Another way the Canal Run is cutting back on landfill waste and the unnecessary production of plastic is by encouraging participants to carry their own water/sports drink during the race. By committing to bring their own bottle (BYOB), race participants can win a new Garmin Vivo Sport GPS watch by visiting the Keweenaw Running Group booth at the expo!! If you bring your water bottle with you to packet pick-up, you’ll even get an extra chance to win! And for those who forget your bottle on race day, the Canal Run has stepped up to the plate by purchasing completely 100 percent compostable drinking cups for the aid stations. Another way for participants to help out and cut back on trash is to reuse their cups in the finish area. You don’t have to get a new cup just to get more water! Also, feel free to decline the bottle of water offered to you at the end if you’re feeling up to it, and head over to the food tent for more sustainable water/cup options.
Participants will also notice that there will be more recycling bins placed around the finish area, as well as better signage for them. It’s a dirty job for our volunteers to sort the recyclables out of the trash, so please make sure only recyclable items be placed in these bins! Make sure to read all signs and follow directions. And finally, Canal Run organizers are working with outside vendors to try to cut back on single use items, or items which cannot be recycled. Remember the three R’s and we can work together to make a difference!