Of course many do, but if it gets in the way of getting a PB (Personal Best) or PR (Personal Record), then screw the environment. I asked some “serious” runners these questions.
Me: Do you get paid for a PB?
Typical Response: No
Me: Is it life or death to get a PB?
Typical Response: No
Me: So is a PB for your own personal happiness?
Typical Implied Response: Yes
Me: What about your trash impact?
Typical Response: The organisers clean it up!
Perhaps Brexit and Trump happened to show us how societies can slide backwards so that we would have to relearn the lessons of older generations…..(yes a long politically discussion for a long run).
Before the common use of plastics a disappearing generation remembers having to BYOR (Bring Your Own Reusable). Then disposable plastic came forth. As our populations expanded, we were suckered into a disposable plastic addiction. Quiet observations have been made that our disposable plastic habit is wrecking environments; wildlife feed on our toxic rubbish, and plastic that fills landfills leach chemicals into our soil and water….and this plastic takes 100s of years to decompose.
We are totally oblivious that our convenient lifestyle does not harmoniously fit with our environment. Too many with the excuse of “I don’t have time” are really saying “I am too lazy to care. Screw the environment”. Too many companies continue on the same reckless path of developing products that are single-use and can also be pointless.
Of course there is the “money” element. Every organisation wants to minimise costs and maximise profits. It’s the law of economics. Screw the environment because profit is king. Seems the same with running/triathlons/cycling events….”Screw the environment because my PB is more important”
Many events have allowed me to do mini campaigns at their expos to encourage runners to BYOB (Bring Your Own Bottle) on the run and some events have made some consideration towards at the very least purchasing compostable cups for their events. Some ultra events have gone further by purchasing their own reusable cups for the events or declaring zero cups and forcing participants to be responsible for at least their own cups.
But it is hard being a crazy, mad tyre-pulling lady, trying to persuade runners and event organisations to be the change & to think more holistically when they run their events.
Finally have understood a lone wolf can only go so far. Multi-national corporations see the benefits of having cultural diversity integrated within their own structures to strengthen their power of influence. We gain more support, enlightenment and ideas when we collaborate and form partnerships with others.
So to be more effective, this lone wolf has found buddies to help with her hunt to evolve organisations & runners to be more considerate towards other runners and the environment we all share….. and am excited to announce Ironman, Asia has allowed us to start with the Singapore Marathon. In this event, there has been far too much “run away” trash that has landed in the Singapore River and East Coast drains and sea due to poor handling of trash by runners. The cleaners are unable to pick up trash that is casually tossed in the grass, into bushes, into drains….despite there being several bins along the route. Obviously lots of very “blur sotong” runners (Singaporean saying for being ignorant).
Raise your game event runners because it’s time you learned to Bin It. People don’t like Sucky Tossers and we will be watching you!