Running for the Earth
As the flowers begin to bloom and the birds begin to chirp again, we know that spring is around the corner. And what better way to celebrate the spring season, than getting outside and enjoying the world around us. Here at Earth Day Network’s Arts and Athletes for the Earth Campaigns, we have partnered with a few marathons we think you should know about:
Magnuson Series Earth Day Races located in Seattle, WA on Saturday, April 21, 2012 (http://magnusonseries.org/default.htm)
The wonderful aspect of the Magnuson film festival is that it is made for everyone. There is a 5k, 10k, 15k, and a relay. There is even a race for the kids. It can truly be a family event! The best part is that all participants receive a sapling tree to either bring home and plant or plant in the park. What an amazing opportunity to help the environment and burn off some of those extra pounds that you might have added over the long winter.
GreenFest 2012, San Diego, CA, Sunday, April 22, 2012 (http://www.as.sdsu.edu/greenfest/index.php)
If you are located farther south, you have the opportunity to participate in GreenFest 2012 in San Diego, CA. One of the highlights from this marathon and environmental celebration is the Kids’ Diaper Dash for children ages 1-6. We can’t think of a better way to calm those over-active toddlers down! Proceeds go to the SDSU Children's Center, which helps to build and maintain gardens as a food source for the center and as a learning tool for children.
Earth Day EcoFest 5K and 10K, Ventura, CA, Saturday, April 14, 2012 (http://www.venturaearthday.org/).
Earth Day EcoFest is another great environmental marathon. The race takes place along the beautiful Ventura oceanfront, and the organizers have taken great care to make it eco-friendly. From a paperless entry process to sustainable shirts to recyclable cups, the eco-friendly creativity being put into this race is inspiring!
Be sure to check out all our partners for Earth Day races and events in your area at http://www.earthday.org/AthsArtsEvents