When you run, you get to know all kinds of roads and trails. And many of us also get to know the debris alongside our roads and trails too. Over 51 billion pieces of litter land on U. S. roadways each year, according to Keep America Beautiful’s National Visible Litter Survey and Litter Cost Study. That’s 6,729 pieces of detritus per mile. Yikes!
Twice a year, my running club finishes our run on our regular Saturday morning route, then grabs trash bags and gloves to head out along our route for a second time. We spend that second lap cleaning up the roads and paths we use weekly as a way to give back and be good stewards in the neighborhood. And you know what, it’s just as fun as our regular runs ever are!
If you’d like to organize your own runners’ day of service, here are six easy steps you can employ.