I’m constantly amazed at the efforts put forth by college students when it comes to creating a more sustainable world, and this is a great example of such thinking, as the UCSD campus prepares for a sustainable 5K run.
The University of California San Diego Triathlon Team will play host to the 2nd annual Grove Run, a 100% Sustainable 5k Run and Walk on May 22, 2010. The race will be held at UCSD’s Spanos Track. In 2009 the Grove Run was honored to be one of the most sustainable races ever documented. It was also the first certified sustainable race in Southern California and the first sustainable race hosted by a collegiate triathlon team.
“Physical fitness and ensuring long term environmental sustainability are among the most important issues our community faces today,” said Andrew Radin, Race Director of the 2010 Grove Run. “As athletes we have created a 100% earth friendly run where everything a participant receives will be made from recycled material and organically grown products.”
The Grove Run “all green” race features a sustainable clothing exchange, Greenest Athlete Competition, scenic course through the UCSD eucalyptus grove, renewable energy power, and local organic food for post-race nourishment.
“As triathletes we spend a lot of time swimming, cycling, and running outside, and we’re lucky to be able to enjoy the beautiful weather, terrain, and beaches of San Diego. Unfortunately, we’re aware that global warming, resource exploitation, and short-term thinking are endangering our lifestyle and our communities.
We’re also aware that most organized sporting events are not planned with long-term impacts in mind,” said Sante Kotturi, Team Captain of the UCSD Triathlon Team. “The Grove Run changes how these types of races will be run in the future.”
What people don’t often realize is that UCSD has been focused on sustainability issues for decades, going back to the late 1950s when UCSD researcher Dr. Charles David Keeling developed a tool to measure carbon dioxide levels in the atmosphere.
In our living laboratory, everyone contributes and everyone benefits. Great ideas flourish here. With other individuals, universities, companies, and governments around the world, we amplify the message and mission of sustainability.
Grove Run 5K Event Details
- The Grove Run | 5K Run and Walk
- Saturday, May 22, 2010 | 8:30 am
- Spanos Track at UCSD
- Register: www.ucsdtriathlon.org/grove_run
- $10 – Student
- $20 – TCSD Member
- $25 – UCSD Affiliate
- $30 – General Public
Contact: Andrew Radin at (760) 593 7561 or email to: firstname.lastname@example.org