We are excited once again to be part of the Walkway Marathon Green Team! Part of our mission at Legal Shred is to further community efforts towards sustainability and education for a more environmentally friendly public.
Towards that end, this week’s blog is a shout out to get involved in this year’s Second Annual Walkway Marathon event. Perhaps this is the year to get in shape and run–there is a 5k, half marathon, and the full marathon that is credited as a qualifier for the Boston Marathon.
Green Team Committee Chair Kathy Smith is leading the way for this year’s Walkway Marathon to be even greener than later year. We were a zero waste event, but this year we are incorporating some exciting new practices including to have as many athletes as possible take advantage the event’s ride share program, where participants can connect to 511NY Rideshare (http://511nyrideshare.org) to find suitable carpooling alternatives to and from the event.
We are also forgoing the distribution of plastic water bottles, thanks, in part to the availability of three water spigots along the rail trail on parts of the course. Food-grade hoses attached to the spigots will be used to fill large food-grade vats of water from the county, which the runners can drink from with provided paper cups.
Our hope is that they’ll create a sustainability model for other marathons and even created ripples to participants daily practices in the Hudson Valley and wherever they call home.
Reducing waste is first and foremost and we also have an eye on capitalizing on the event as an opportunity to recycle. At last year’s event about 40 pairs of reusable, previously worn sneakers were collected and donated to Hudson River Housing that works with families in need.
We’d love to have more volunteers getting involved as well as have a full showing of runner.
It is our pleasure and privilege to be part of the team.
For more on best practices for recycling particularly as related to identity theft prevention please visit www.legalshredinc.com