Green Runners started as a community project in which local runners would meet weekly to run together and clean up any trash in their path. The group met 20 times in their first year around the Des Moines metro. In 2013, the Green Runners met 15 times and had its first "Capital to Corndogs Run" which entailed green running from the Iowa State Capital to the Iowa State Fair. Every year since, the group has set a schedule to clean up areas around the metro, but the Green Runners have also been found in communities around Iowa such as Humboldt, Perry, Waterloo, and Cedar Falls. Their hope is to empower other communities to follow in their footsteps and leave the earth behind them cleaner and greener!
What do we do?
Green running is a way to better yourself AND your community! It is the act of running with a purpose: to make the world a greener place. Runners and walkers of all shapes, sizes and abilities meet in one place to get a workout and make an impact on the earth by picking up the garbage that litters our communities.
Green Runners go for "green runs" in which they lace up and sport their green shirts. These will take place every other Thursday night at 6 pm throughout the summer months. The group selects an area to meet, jog around and clean, and leave greener. Usually some sort of fun event such as getting some food or beverages will take place AFTER the cleanup. You can meet and go with the large group on these group runs (and have a lot of fun doing so!) or you can go on your own time if your schedule won't allow you to join us. Remember to take pictures to post to our page to show the impact our group is making!
How to become a Green Runner
First of all, you need not be a marathoner or even an avid runner to be a Green Runner. You only need to have a strong desire to make a difference today so that our children will not be cleaning up our trash in the future! All you need to do is "like" the Green Runner Facebook page that is nearest to you. Then you'll get updates on where we are going to meet each week and have the chance to meet new people who share in your desire to help out. We know you will enjoy your time :) If there are no Green Running groups near you, why not start one? You would be doing good for your community, your body, your mind, and you'll meet others who share your passion!
We would LOVE to have you join us. As they say, "the more the merrier," so invite your friends and family. Be part of something greater and as a result, make a real and lasting impact on your community.
Why Green Running?
* Good for the environment * Good for your health * It's challenging: If you like physical challenges, this group is for you! * Supports local restaurants - we have to replenish after our workouts, of course! * No winners or losers. EVERYONE'S A WINNER! * Sense of community. Meet great new people around the Des Moines area! * No/minimal cost: Only things necessary are a garbage bag and some gloves.