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A Challenge To All Runners

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The challenge is to make our world a better place and these ones are easy to do. You will also be helping to reduce a local & global problem

Bin It

On your next event can you put all your trash in a bin? Keep a small bag on you to put your trash into it. Everyone's enjoyment of the environment is just as important as your PB is to you!

Have attached 2 posters here if you agree to encourage others within your own running groups to do the same. Events will not be able to pick up all the trash runners have dropped, which we have found now after doing a "litter sweep" after the clean up team. Your trash legacy could be part of the plastic problem in our oceans. The problem is big but can be resolved by your proactive action.

Suggest to organisers to make it a rule to participants to not deliberately drop litter, and to DQ participants for dropping litter epecially within the parks.

5 A Day

When you next go out for a training run will you pick up at least 5 pieces of trash and recycle the bottles and cans you find?

Note I have now found money and a Nets card!!!

Thanks to those who will be proactive and encourage other runners in their community to do the same :D

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wow @Lady Ice... it's not difficult to try to throw away the thrash within the bins during a race.. but to pick up 5 litter and throw/recycle them during training runs is not easy... it's the mentality i agree...

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12 hours ago, AutumnRunner said:

wow @Lady Ice... it's not difficult to try to throw away the thrash within the bins during a race.. but to pick up 5 litter and throw/recycle them during training runs is not easy... it's the mentality i agree...

Ahh yes

What is a PB but a "personal" best. The only reward here is boast value about how "great" you are. None of us depend on this for our lively hood. We do it to learn about ourselves.

How about an SB? "Social" Best. Or call it an EB "Environmental" Best. The reward here is you can boast about how great you are, knowing that you have also helped improve an environment and inspire others :D

Cos isn't it worth healing our waters rather than our own selfish gain of completing any distant event. I can't prove it, but with the amount of rain we get, many of those gel tabs are ending up in our water....into the sea, into the fish we eat, and then onto the plants we eat (as fish and blood fertiliser).

Perhaps we will learn to think of others and our environment not just purely ourselves :D

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ah..a very thoughtful and noble forum...a-but-then

Typical sg running events:

If it is a U-turn route, there are 2 hydration points for the 10km category and 1 hydration point for the 5km category...10km runners get to drink 4 times, and 5km runners 2 times.

Otherwise..on average...2-2.5km per hydration point..for any 5km, 10km, 16km or 21km distance race...will always never cupless...sponsors want visibility...cups with their names...in their hydration tent setup...

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bottle refills...unless DIY run...or training...

as usual runners in sg...never run with bottles...

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and...status quo...if no isotonic drinks...will never participate....besides...if no medal...might as well DIY...:mellow:...hard truth...throwing...well...someone will clean up anyway...or...is there a bin available in race route...most probably...no...

for the environment...race sponsors are equally responsible...no-frill drink or no-frill medal or even no-frill tee or if no finisher tee...no runner even bothers to participate...might as well DIY ;)

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..:mellow:...hard truth...throwing...well...someone will clean up anyway...or...is there a bin available in race route...most probably...no...

for the environment...race sponsors are equally responsible...no-frill drink or no-frill medal or even no-frill tee or if no finisher tee...no runner even bothers to participate...might as well DIY ;)

Hey @kohpapa - good points on the status quo. Agree that all parties are responsible. That's why am talking to all parties (runners, organisers and authorities). It's an education thing. Please note this is not just a typical SG event. This attitude is typical around the world and am happy to say some events have taken note and are evolving.

It is noted that new runners will simply follow other runners.  During & after the SCSM, there is a certain amount of trash that is not cleaned up and when it rains it is even worse. The kayakers can tell you about the trash that is falling into the canels as they have seen cups from SCSM in the water. The gel tabs are difficult to see and pick up, so a certain amount will also go back into our waters as they are near drains....especially when it rains.  I cleaned up a 50m section after a 1/2 marathon , after the cleaners had apparently been thru. I picked up enough gel packets and tabs to at least highlight to all that there is enough residual trash to be concerned.

As our oceans fill up with our trash, do we continue in the same way? The ocean is warning us about our trash with so many animals being found with plastic in their bellies, food now being found with plastic, water having micro-plastic, even our air having micro-plastic dust.....will our societies choose to do the easy thing and ignore it? Here is an interesting article on a whale that was distressed and they "put it down" and found 30 plastic bags in its belly https://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/beached-beaked-whale-had-30-plastic-bags-stuffed-in-belly_us_58957a1de4b0c1284f262e91

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This is as issue that can be resolved as long and we can start it off by being proactive and encouraging change of attitude with our fellow runners & cyclists.

It's like if you are diagnosed with diabetes do you continue to consume lots of sugar?

We don't need to be like sheep and follow the status quo like some ignorant unthinking being. We in Sg can lead and get the world to follow us! Will you help lead?

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uncle, being an IAAF official on Road Races, meaning internationally sanctioned run races, shared that for competitive level Elite Runners..

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otherwise, non-sanctioned road races (including sanctioned ones) for the mass participation...it is universal...

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Note: Gold Coast Airport Marathon (Australia) and Osaka Marathon (Japan) also IAAF sanctioned for example...both also do not "observe" any bottle-less (plastic)...so are those which are outside the Asia Pacific like US and even Europe...

Education for all global participants of road run races - new and existing runners, event organisers, International Run Federations/Associations, Running Clubs, Schools and Institutions...

I must salute for your effort for taking the lead...a-but-then...unless...

Virtual Race...interetsing read from RunEatGossip from our beloved sgRunners (Tekko)..
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"Posted on May 30, 2017 by Tekko:
Time has really changed with the onset of what economists called disruptive economy. Taxi companies, hotels, travel agencies, bicycle rental are all being affected by this new way of doing business. But I never thought that running in a race, which is a very personal and physical thing can be affected as well.

Typically, when one sign up for a race, he pays a registration fee which entitles him to run in the race, a goodie bag with some freebies, an event tee and after the race, a medal, a certificate and perhaps a finisher tee. During the race, there will be some sort of support, drinks station, road marshal and medical aid. There may also be a carnival area for the runners to enjoy after the race. Above all, one gets to run together with friends and compete with peers on a public course that is partially closed to traffic. And that is what a typical road race is like. 

But now it seems the disruptive economy has reached into the ambit of road racing. Now a person can register, pay a small sum of money and run a virtual race i..e he runs alone according to the race or challenge as determined by the app. There is no fixed route, no support and no finisher tee. Some will have a medal and nothing else. And you run alone.

This is the part I don’t understand. Why pay good money to other people and then run alone without getting any support or for that matter any real challenge with other runners. It just doesn’t make economic sense to me. Couldn’t it be cheaper to just do one’s own run. Why need to pay other people for that right? Some may argue that in some cases, the participant can get a medal but we all know what we do with the countless medals that we already have from real races. Mostly they just get chucked into a cupboard to be forgotten. Some may argue that these app create special race challenges like a virtual parallel race with the KL Marathon for instance, or a distance challenge. But companies like Nike and Garmin and many other apps already has peer challenge programs which requires no payment. So why pay to run your own race?

Can somebody tell me what is the attraction of doing virtual race?"

Yes, uncle can answer you this: you are responsible for your "help save the world" effort if all can be "engaged" in a virtual race...everyone is made responsible to carry your own bottle when you run...run alone without getting any hydration and nutrition support...yes, collect your virtual medal, finishing tee and medal at the end of the virtual race...IAAF sanctioned or non-sactioned or otherwise charity or non-charity or simply no reason...:mellow:...you can lead only if there is no such thing call...mass race events...

thank you sis for your noble effort, we are not sheep following the status quo...perhaps bro tekko did see the tunnel of light after all these years in running in road races...why pay and run in mass (commercial) races after all...food for thoughts...on why we run in the beginnig...to have an active healthy lifestyle...or we soon participate in commercial races promoting and endorsing their global advertisements...and I share similar sentiments on what your real causes and on the efforts...can virtual road run race be a blessings that bro Tekko is talking about living in a disruptive economy (world)...

Surely, if virtual road run becomes a reality, I am sure we will no longer need Road Run Directors, Event Organisers, yes, Commercial Sponsors for Sports Wear, yes, Drinks from cups and bottles, energy gels served by sponsors' volunteers...and sgrunners will become quieter, because we don't need race analysts, race reviews writers (pre- and post)...run blogs...because when the first human started to run is to hunt for food (predator)...now aim for hydration (nutrition) points...barefoot running replaced with cushioned shoes...and it is commercialisation that makes running is really fun...and that is IT that is polluting the environment...:(

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Ahh technology. So who runs in the "virtual race"? I think these are most likely seasoned runners looking for something else. I see their posts on other social media sites. Have not heard them mention about "saving the world". They pay money to an organisation to validate their entry & that they have achieved a marathon distance. It does also show you that we are stronger than we think for those who think they cannot carry a bottle or hydration bag.

Soon you will be able to enter virtual worlds and "run"  a race. Occulus (Facebook's virtual world) might enable that in our future AI world, where we can plug in and simulate exercise. We are very close to close to creating Star Trek's virtual reality training world......

As for masss events. I am still happy to pay an organisation to provide isotonic, water, guiding my route, & ensuring my safety. I enjoy the social aspect of events & seeing those who have challenged themselves meet those challenges. We are social creatures. When we collaborate and share, we evolve. When we challenge ourselves and rise to the challenge we grow. Mass participation allows us to lean on each other for support to help us break our own barriers.

You can lead in all events. It is only a matter of breaking down perceived norms and creating new norms. The late LKY successfully broke anti-social habits that were considered the "norm". He was a visionary leader, an inspiration that showed us we can define better ways to progress our world forward as we become enlightened of the world around us.

 

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well said and to quote LKY, very inspiration... virtual race...technology-driven or become a social media platform..

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this one has humble beginning...of more than a year...very alive and engaging...some sgrunners also engage "actively" here...

new and existing runners (seasoned)...motivated with their personal apps...whether in personal training or road race...do they talk about saving for the world...just pure enjoyment of....running...no need too much details about race event...what event host want for their hydration (nutrition needs for ultra events)...simply...like the old sgrunners...having good times...seem to be "missed"...here.

glad to strike casual conversation with you, it's like years ago, we did engage in meaningless chat about anything other than "save the environment" for all runners...

bye, bye...many already know...expect a year later...drop by...say hello...see what's happening at this forum...quieter...over the years..

normally arrive here for something interesting about Ultramarathon or StandChart Singapore Marathon...Sundown...that's it...race analyst...race reviews...that's all...contribute few posts...

;) ...happy 2018 to all!

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Haha brudder @kohpapa - yah drop in and out also. Good chatting with you about so many things. In the past nutrition, running technique.....today we save the world. Join me? Always nice having buddies who are fighting for the same goals :D

 

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11 hours ago, Lady Ice said:

Time to educate event runners, one event at a time......we will be hunting in packs at SCSM to educate runners about binning their trash http://wordpress.tyrelady.com/index.html

Nice! 

And challenge accepted. Always pick up litter on my trail runs through our national parks. Think it's important to show my children what I've found when I get home. They're never too young to learn the value of looking after our planet :)

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2 hours ago, JasonM said:

Nice! 

And challenge accepted. Always pick up litter on my trail runs through our national parks. Think it's important to show my children what I've found when I get home. They're never too young to learn the value of looking after our planet :)

Thank you Jason :D

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3 hours ago, AutumnRunner said:

yes...

Am not planning to be physically there, though currently guiding the movement to reduce "run away" trash at the event. It will be great if you can provide feedback if you saw any changes.

Will you be going for a time or for a bit of social interaction?

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On 11/1/2017 at 3:22 AM, Lady Ice said:

Am not planning to be physically there, though currently guiding the movement to reduce "run away" trash at the event. It will be great if you can provide feedback if you saw any changes.

Will you be going for a time or for a bit of social interaction?

ok, i can keep a lookout at the hydration area... i am still going for a timing to judge how my training goes...

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On 02/11/2017 at 7:30 AM, AutumnRunner said:

ok, i can keep a lookout at the hydration area... i am still going for a timing to judge how my training goes...

Do you think you can do this and still BYOB on this run and fill up at the hydration stations?

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On ‎4‎/‎11‎/‎2017 at 9:49 PM, Lady Ice said:

Do you think you can do this and still BYOB on this run and fill up at the hydration stations?

it's possible but if running for such a long distance, I usually don't BYOB.. shorter distances yes....

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If anyone is following this thread and is in the SCSM events on 3rd Dec, please consider my call out here:

Many thanks :D

 

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