The Green Runners running group meets to motivate runners to help clean up their communities.
This running group focuses on litter cleanup and is based in Des Moines. The runners meet at designated locations several times throughout the summer months and set out for a jog (or walk) with garbage bags and gloves. Since 2012, they have collected more than 200 bags of trash! Garbage bags are donated by local waste management companies and gloves are donated by various members of the group. After each run, the runners find a local establishment to dine, converse, and get to know one another.
Keep Iowa Beautiful works with the Green Runners, the Iowa State Fair and Doll Distributing to support the “Capitol to Corn Dog Run.” This run begins at the State Capitol and finishes at the State Fairgrounds during the Iowa State Fair. As they run through neighborhoods along the way, they pick up litter and trash. The project drives public awareness, helps participants provide a great service and improves local neighborhood cleanliness.
The idea is growing as new Green Runner groups have organized in Perry, Ames, and Humboldt.
It's easy to start your own Green Runners group in your community!