Today is Earth Day and, although it's important to think about protecting the environment all year-long, it's a good time to remind ourselves of ways to be more environmentally-friendly. Here are some ideas for being a greener runner and helping to protect the environment:
Recycle your used running shoes. There are lots of shoe recycling or donation programs that will put your used shoes to good use.
Find races that are environmentally-friendly. Many races throughout the country are trying to become more green by doing things such as recycling paper and plastic, offering used shoe collection, giving out organic, locally-grown foods at the finish line and donating the leftovers (rather than throwing them away).
Buy powdered sports drinks. Rather than buying individual bottles of Gatorade or other sports drinks, get bulk packages or containers of powdered sports drink mix and make your own. It's much cheaper and better for the environment, since you can make it in a reusable sports bottles.
Don't litter. Don't throw out sports gels or bar wrappers on the ground. Hold onto those wrappers until you find a container to put it in.