Los corredores optan por cuidar la ecología en Washington Heights

If you saw green today while running the NYRR Washington Heights Salsa, Blues, and Shamrocks 5K, it was not just the souvenir shirt worn by several participants. (It was likely not a leprechaun either; you may have wandered onto the course of our Rising New York Road Runners at the Washington Heights Salsa, Blues, and Shamrocks 5K - Stage 1 event by mistake.)

New York Road Runners encouraged runners for the first time on the race page for this event encouraging them to bring a reusable bag-check bag, with the stipulation that it be both clear and no larger than 17" wide x 20" high x 7" deep.

Coincidentally, a new law in New York State goes into effect today prohibiting most businesses from distributing single-use plastic bags. While NYRR bag check falls outside the reach of that law (and we will continue to offer runners a clear disposable bag at our bag-check stations for the foreseeable future), we will follow it in spirit by promoting reusable bags for bag check.

Last month, we offered a clear reusable NYRR-branded bag-check bag as a souvenir at the bib pickup for the Fred Lebow Half-Marathon, and asked runners to commit to using them for future races. We saw several of those bags today, along with other compliant bags including clear backpacks and bags from other races around the country.

Author: Lela Moore

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