SOUTH BEND, IN—Leave it to St. Joseph County Parks to be one of the first to make their event as green as possible—course-wise and environmentally. The 2017 Running Wild 5K and Wacky Scavenger Hunt walk event will incorporate several resource-saving programs planners are asking participants to embrace. Race and event directors! This can serve as a great green guideline for 2018 events.
Not only do these measures help the environment, they are also a way to save some precious fundraising dollars.
Water—based on the fact that manufacturing bottles to meet America’s demand for bottled water uses more than 17 million barrels of oil annually—enough to fuel 1.3 million cars for a year—participants are asked to:
- Bring their own reusable water bottle labeled with their name. Coolers near the finish line will be available for keeping water cool.
- Use Re-fill stations for water bottle saving. In all, the use of at least 180 disposable bottles will be avoided.
- Reusable mini trash bags for goodie bags double as trash bags for your car.
T-Shirts–Based on the fact that it takes 650 gallons of water to grow the cotton to make one t-shirt:
- An opt-out option for event t-shirt will be offered. Limited shirts available for on-site registration purchases.
- Volunteer shirts will be washed and reused for future events.
On the course
- Signs, flagging tape, event yard signs will be reused each year.
- No spray paint will be used on the course, only wash-away spray chalk.
- Roots will not be marked and thus will limit the aesthetic disruption to the park.
- St. Joseph County Parks is using local businesses for printing and t-shirts to reduce carbon impact from shipping.
- Paper, plastic and aluminum products will be recycled.
- Food waste will be composted.
- Medals and participant medallions are made of natural materials. Bendix Woods maple syrup and other hand-made prizes will be made by local volunteer crafters.
- Cookies and gluten-free bread options will be homemade.