Running with the Earth in mind

The 2012 edition of the Earth Day 5k Fun Run promises to be the greenest running event ever hosted in the Cayman Islands. For an event celebrating taking place on Earth Day, 22 April, and taking place under the auspices of the National Trust for the Cayman Islands, it is certainly fitting that the event will not only be raising money and awareness for environmental issues, but also having a minimal impact on the environment. 

One of the concerns with sporting events is the use of plastic cups and bottles at water tables, but this event will feature plant-based biodegradable water bottles and cups in order to reduce environmental footprint of the event. With online, paperless registration, the organisers also aim to reduce the amount of paper used, again benefitting the environment. The route will also feature recycled art and signs while the random prizes will focus on eco-friendly items.  

For those looking to do even more to support the environment, 22 April will also be the culmination of the Trust’s aluminium can recycling drive, with participants being encouraged to start collecting cans and bring them along on race day. 

Registration for the event, which is sponsored by PricewaterhouseCoopers, is open and can be completed by visiting nationaltrust.org.ky or by visiting the Trust’s office in Dart Park in South Sound.
 

The entry fee is $20 for adults and $10 for children and includes a T-shirt, entry into a prize raffle and light refreshments. The event will start at 7am on 22 April from Dart Park on South Sound. 

With online, paperless registration, the organisers also aim to reduce the amount of paper used, again benefitting the environment. 

Earth Day run

The Earth Day Fun Run draws a big field every year. – Photo: Ron Shillingford