This of course was last month but due to technical difficulties (mine) I am just now posting some of the pictures we took that day. I should have written this right after my Ipod playlist but hey it’s never too late!
There is a tradition of people buying thrift store jackets, wearing them in the line-up and then throwing them on the ground when they start the run. Some of the jackets get tossed into Salvation Army drop off spots.
Other jackets get tossed wherever. I watched two volunteers cleaning up some paper cups and bananas. There was a jacket on the ground too. The one said to the other one “Well I don’t want it, so…” as he shoveled all of into a black garbage bag.
I was really glad that I bought a running belt with a water bottle. It was convenient to have water whenever I wanted. When I needed to refill I did so directly from the water jugs. None of these paper cups were mine.
Next time I do the Sun Run I will bring my water bottle again. I will also bring a thrift store jacket and toss it in the Salvation Army bin. I plan to bring some sort of snack with me too. It is a long wait at the starting line.
In my dreams I hope someone went through the thousands of garbage bags and separated the compostables, recyclables etc.. but the black garbage bags seem to tell the real story.
How many paper cups could have been saved if even 1 out of 5 runners carried their own bottle? About 60,000 by my calculations. My guess was each runner, without a bottle, drank from at least 6 paper cups during the race. What if almost everyone had their own bottle and the paper cup drinkers would have seemed like the odd-man out?
“I have heard there are troubles of more than one kind. Some come from ahead and some come from behind. But I’ve bought a big bat. I’m all ready you see. Now my troubles are going to have troubles with me!” – Dr. Seuss