Austin Trash Run


The LIVESTRONG Austin Marathon and Half Marathon was recognized by Runner’s World magazine as one of the top ten greenest races in 2008. From the article by Kelly Bastone:

As if solar generators, a finish-line farmers’ market, organic race tees, and bio-diesel vehicles weren’t enough, the event recycles 14,375 pounds of trash.

Pretty impressive.

From the race website:

The LIVESTRONG Austin Marathon and Half Marathon® is an industry leader in green-friendly endurance sports events.  Certified by the Council for Responsible Sport and named “the Greenest Road Race in North America” by Runner’s World, the event is currently pursuing re-certification by ReSport for its 2011 and 2012 races.  The LIVESTRONG Austin Marathon and Half Marathon® views its green initiative as an integral part of its event and a symbol of its commitment to ensuring that Austin residents can enjoy an active and healthy lifestyle in and around our great city for years to come.

You can read more about their past and present efforts to reduce the environmental footprint of the race here. One of the things I noticed immediately last year was the bags we received at the expo did not include any paper advertising. I end up throwing most of those away anyway, so I thought this was a great idea.

At the beginning of the summer, I came across a status update from the Austin Marathon on Facebook advertising a Trash Run.


In order to give back to the Austin community that we love, the LIVESTRONG® Austin Marathon and Half Marathon® team is organizing groups for our “Run, Recycle, Refuel” events. The goal is to run along different sections of the Austin Marathon® and Austin Half Marathon® race route, pick up waste along the streets, and finish the run by rewarding the efforts of the volunteers with happy hours at a local neighborhood restaurant.

I missed the runs in June and August, but was able to participate in the September event. Volunteers met up at Hickory Street on Congress Avenue in downtown Austin at 6pm.

All photos courtesy of the
Austin Marathon Facebook page.





We followed a route up Congress Avenue and back down Guadalupe, picking up trash along the way. At 7pm, we met back up at Hickory Street for adult beverages and complimentary appetizers.


I enjoyed a Fat Tire, some chips & queso, and great conversation with a few fellow runners. Overall, it was a fun “Run, Recycle, Refuel” event and I will be attending again in October. If you’re in the Austin area, I would definitely recommend checking it out next month. Here’s the info:


And as for next year’s race?

2012 will bring even more innovation, collaboration and initiatives designed to raise the bar for other events.

I can’t wait.

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  1. If you do the trash run in October I would love to join you. I saw the status updates too but I am a wimp and didn’t want to go alone.

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