From the spacious skies of Ragnar Luckenbach and the amber waves of grain of Ragnar Great River to the purple mountain majesty of Ragnar Colorado and the fruited plains of Ragnar Michigan, Reebok Ragnar Relays wind through some of the most breathtaking parts of the world. In 2017, Ragnar is making a big effort to decrease our environmental impact. We believe it is not only our right as Ragnarians but our duty to leave our trails, bike paths and roads better than we found it. Here’s what we plan to do:
New in 2017: Reebok Ragnar Relays are Going Cupless
What does this mean? There will no longer be paper or plastic cups at the start line, water stations, major exchanges, minor exchanges, the finish line or anywhere throughout the course. No more one-use paper cups sitting by water coolers getting thrown away after two sips. Runners will still have access to water on the longer legs without van support, at major exchanges and at the start and finish lines but all runners will need to bring their own water bottles with them. Not sure what to bring? Check out Nathan hydration belts, packs and bottles for ways to carry water with you. Then practice running with them on your training runs. Approximately 50 billion paper cups end up in the landfill every year in the U.S., removing cups from our races is a simple way we can make a big impact.
New for 2017: Recycle Your Slap Bracelet
Sure, your favorite post run tradition is fighting over the damp slap bracelet, which always ends up looking a bit like a game of hot potato. This year, instead of taking your teammates’ sweat with you as memorabilia, choose to recycle your slap bracelet. There will be buckets at the finish line where Ragnar staff will take it off your hands (or wrist) and then proceed to deep clean them in a Simple Green and water solution. This is optional, so if you’re a keep-sake person, you can still take the bracelet home to hang on your wall.
New and Improved for 2017: Trash and Recycling Bags for Every Van
This year, recycle more and throw away less. Each van will receive blue recycling bags (in addition to trash bags) to sort their waste into trash and recycling. Then, there will be trash and recycling bins throughout the course to dispose of your waste properly.
Pro- Tips: Together we can help reduce our environmental impact
We’re in this together. In order to reduce our environmental impact, we need your help! Here are simple things you can do:
- Turn your key, be idle free. When pulling over to support your runners or waiting at an exchange, please turn off your engine.
- Don’t bring single-use plastic water bottles. Bring a multi-gallon reusable water storage container in your van, and bring your own water bottle to refill.
- Bring a to-go mug with you. Every time you stop to get coffee ask them to fill your reusable mug. Plus, some coffee shops offer “Bring Your Own Mug” discounts.
- Drive the speed limit. Not only is it safer for everyone on the course, it helps conserve fuel. Score!
- Sharing is caring. Buy bulk to reduce the amount of individually wrapped items.
- Bring to-go containers or camping plates to local fundraisers to reduce the amount of trash produced.
Ragnar Relay has learned a lot from our Ragnar Trail Series and we’re looking forward to adopting their sustainability practices into our original Ragnar Relay series. Learn more about Ragnar sustainability here and find your next Ragnar Relay.