On Thursday, August 17th at 6:00 pm, the Green Runners of Des Moines will lead a run from the State Capitol to the Iowa State Fair, collecting trash along the way. The event is free and the first thirty-five runners to sign up will receive free admission to the State Fair and a free beverage from the Budweiser tent. This marks the 5th year the event has taken place.
The event brings together Keep Iowa Beautiful (KIB), the Iowa State Fair, Doll Distributing Rand the Green Runners of Des Moines with the shared goal of raising awareness about litter prevention and keeping both Iowa and the Iowa State Fair clean. The run combines the opportunity to improve your health and the health of the neighborhoods by cleaning up litter along the route.
“The Green Runners are elated to be, once again, participating in this fun event with such prominent local organizations with shared goals.” states Rachel Kautzky-Scheib, the founder of the group. “We hope the run will raise awareness for litter prevention and trash cleanup to keep all communities safe and green.”
Gerry Schnepf, the Executive Director of Keep Iowa Beautiful, states, “The Iowa State Fair is one of the cleanest in the nation. Efforts over the past fifteen years with the Fair, KIB and the waste agencies that service the Fair have made significant changes in the appearance of the State Fair. This partnership supports existing efforts by the Iowa State Fair to be a good neighbor and brings attention to the public the importance of keeping the Fair and the state clean and beautiful.”
Green Runners T-shirts will be for sale at the start of the run for $20. Runners should plan to arrive around 5:30 pm in running attire on the South side of the State Capitol. Bags and personal items will be transported to the State Fair from the Capitol. Bus rides are available at no cost from the State Fair to the Capitol. To sign up for the Capitol to Corndogs Clean 5K run, email Rachel at firstname.lastname@example.org 515-238-1420, or see www.greenrunners.org