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 September 12, 2013
 FRESH DIRT

Disposability is Dead
Musings on reducing single-use disposability and waste in the endurance community

By Nick Triolo

There was no escaping the oppressive sizzle of Baja heat at midday. Equally unavoidable was the metric ton of trash strewn across the road in every direction. Plastic cups clink-clunked across the carretera while discarded, single-use water baggies flapped on the ground like feathered asphalt. Every passing runner trampled the trash as if unconsciously trying to hide the mess, to send it downward, out of sight, back to their earthly origins. But the plastic remained. It remained, defying decomposition, those petroleum-based, factory-farmed freckles. It remained.

Then there was me—Enabler, Violator, Hypocrite—handing out the disposable cups and water bags to runners by the thousands. All day long.

Read on …



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Pacific/Desert   
09/28 Berkeley Trail Adventure 10K, 13.1M, 35K, 50K; Berkeley, CA
09/28 Big Sur Trail Marathon 5M, 13.1M, 26.2M, Big Sur, CA
09/28 Catalina Island Conservancy Half Marathon 5K, 13.1M, Avalon, CA
09/28 Lost Sierra 50K 50K, Graeagle, CA
09/28 Mogollon Monster 100 106M, Pine, AZ; www.mogollonmonster100.com

09/28 Mountain Lakes 100 100M, Olallie Lake, OR
09/28 Tehaleh 5K, 10K, 13.1M, Bonney Lake, WA
09/29 Catalina State Park Trail Race 5.2M, 10.3M, Tucson, AZ
09/29 Dirt Devil Dirty Invitational Trail Marathon 26.2M, San Diego, CA
10/05 Baker Lake 50K Trail Run 50K, Concrete, WA
10/05 Condor Trail Run 25K, Corvallis, OR
10/05 Mt Spokane 25K, 50K, Spokane, WA
10/05 Mt Umunhum 100k 100K, San Jose, CA
10/05 Rio Del Lago 50K, 100K, 100M, Granite Bay, CA
10/05 Sekani Trail Run 5K, 10K, Spokane, WA
10/05 Snowfest Scarecrow Spring and Stroll 5K, 10K, Tahoe City, CA
10/05 Weaver Basin 10K, 30K, 50K, Weaverville, CA
10/06 Big Bear Ridge Run 10K, 13M, 24M, Big Bear Lake, CA
10/06 K2 Summit 10K, 13.1M, 35K, 50K, Cool, CA
10/06 Santa Rose Rut Run 10K, 13.1M, 30K, Santa Rose, CA
10/06 XTERRA Estrella Mountain 8K, 20K, Goodyear, AZ
10/12 Bizz Johnson Express Half Marathon 13.1M, Susanville, CA
10/12 Canyon de Chelly Ultra 55K, Chinle, AZ
10/12 Elk- Kings Mtn Traverse 15M, Tillamook, OR
10/12 Honey Badger Half Marathon 5K, 10K, 13.1M, San Rafael, CA
10/12 Man vs Horse Owen's Peak Marathon 26.2M, Ridgecrest, CA
10/12 Soulstice Mountain 6M, 11M, Flagstaff, AZ
10/12 Xterra St. Edward Harvest 10K, 13.1K, Kenmore, WA
10/13 Bizz Johnson Trail Runs 10K, 13.1M, 26.2M, 50K, Susanville, CA
10/13 Boggs Mountain 50K, Cobb, CA
10/13 Dirt Devil Raptor Ridge Trail Half Marathon 13.1M, Escondido, CA
10/13 GlowRun Las Vegas 5K, Las Vegas, NV
10/13 XTERRA Point Mugu Trail Run 11K, 18K, Oxnard, CA
10/18 Bad Prom - Reno 5K, Reno, NV
10/18 Ragnar Trail McDowell Mountain 120M Relay 120R, Scottsdale, AZ
10/19 Brazen Rocky Ridge Half Marathon Championship/10k/5k 5K, 10K, 13.1M, San Ramon, CA
10/19 Cave Creek Thriller 10K, 30K, 50K, Cave Creek, AZ
10/19 Coyote Ridge Trail Run 7M, 10M, 20M, 26.2M, 50K, Muir Beach, CA
10/19 Lake Padden Trail Half 13.1M, Bellingham, WA
10/19 Lovers Leap of Faith 5K, 10K, 13.1M, 18M, 50K, Strawberry, CA
10/19 One Hell of a Run 5K, Los Feliz, CA
10/19 Pioneer Saloon Ghost Run Fall 50K, 50M, Good Springs, NV
10/19 Quicksilver Challenge 10K, 13.1M, San Jose, CA
10/19 Run with the Kokanee 5K, 10K, Issaquah, WA
10/20 Coastal Trail Challenge 10K 10K, San Francisco, CA
10/20 Fort Steilacoom 5K, 10K, 13.1M, 50K, Lakewood, WA
10/20 Whiskey Hill Redwood Run 10K, Woodside, CA
10/20 Whoo's in El Moro 25K, 50K, Newport Beach, CA
10/26 Halloween at Hell's Gate 13.1M, Lewiston, ID
10/26 Javelina Jundred 100M, 100K, Fountain Hills, AZ
10/26 Napa Valley Wine Country Marathon 10K, 13.1M, 26.2M, Napa, CA
10/26 Whiskeytown Trail Runs 8M, 30K, 50K, Redding, CA
10/26 XTERRA Kapalua Trail Run 5K, 10K, Kapalua, HI
10/27 Orangeman Running Series - Halloween Half Marathon 5K, 10K, 13.1M, Dana Point, CA

Rockies
09/27 Bear 100 100M, Preston, ID
09/28 Cruxy Half Marathon 13.1M, Vail, CO
09/28 Devil Mountain Ultra 13.1M, 50K, 50M, Pagosa Springs, CO; www.joingecko.org/events

09/28 Double Robie & Aldape Challenge 16.6M, 26.2M, Boise, ID
09/28 Golden Gate Canyon Trail Run Half Marathon 12.7M, Black Hawk, CO
09/28 Idaho Mountain Festival 10K, 13.1M, Almo, ID
09/28 Mt Taylor 50K 50K, 50R, Grants, NM
09/28 Sundance Trail Run 10K, 30K, 50K, Sundance, WY; www.sundancetrailrun.com

09/28 Trick or Treat 12K 12K, Sun Valley, ID
09/28 Uber Rock 50K, Vail , CO
09/28 Ultra Race of Champions 100K, Vail, CO
09/29 Bear Chase Trail Races 10K, 13.1M, 50K, 50M, 100K, Lakewood, CO; www.bearchaserace.com

09/29 FORE Miler 4M, Centennial, CO
09/29 Snow Mountain Ranch Trail Run 5K, 10K, 13.1M, Granby, CO
10/05 Big Tesuque Trail Run 12M, Santa Fe, NM
10/05 Fall Evergold Trail Race 2M, 10M, Idledale, CO
10/05 HRCA Backcountry Wilderness Half Marathon 13.1M, Highlands Ranch, CO
10/06 Blue Mountain 30k 30K, Missoula, MT
10/06 Blue Sky Marathon 13.1M, 26.2M, Fort Collins, CO
10/12 24 Hours Of Boulder...the Run 6H, 12H, 24H, 24R, Boulder, CO
10/12 Boulder 100 & 50K 50K, 100M, Boulder, CO
10/12 Mountain View Trail Run 13.1M, Syracuse, UT
10/12 Silent Trails Memorial 10M, Laramie, WY
10/12 Trail Run 4 Life 6M, Salmon, ID
10/13 Goat Grind 4M, Elkhorn, MT
10/13 Westminster Trail Half Marathon 10K, 13.1M, Westminster, CO
10/18 Pony Express Trail 100 100M, 50M, Faust, UT
10/19 Antelope Island 50K & 100K 50K, 100K, Syracuse, UT
10/19 Pajarito Trail Fest 10K, 15M, Los Alamos, NM
10/26 Hoofin' It Through the Hollows Run/Walk 5K, Centennial, CO

Heartland
09/28 Cardinal Scramble 5K, Sun Prairie, WI
09/28 Cheyenne Creek Trail Run 2013 5K, 10K, 13.1M, Hillsboro, WI
09/28 Driftless 1/2 Marathon & Cheyenne Creek Trail Races 5K, 10K, Hillsboro, WI
09/28 Fall Trail Classic 4M, Caledonia, IL
09/28 FlatRock 50K, 25K, Independence, KS
09/28 Grand River Run 8K, Ada, MI
09/28 Hungerford Games 13.1M, 26.2M, 50M, Big Rapids, MI
09/28 Rock Bridge Revenge 12K, 25K, Columbia, MO; www.columbiatrackclub.com

09/28 Vasa Trail Head 5K, 10K, 25K, Traverse City, MI
09/29 Heritage Trail Marathon 6.55M, 13.1M, 26.2M, West Lafayette, IN; www.planetadventurerace.com

09/29 Wabash Heritage Trail Marathon 6.55M, 13.1M, 26.2M, Indianapolis, IN
10/01 Extreme North Dakota Trail Running Adventure Lap Style 6H, 12H, Grand Forks, ND
10/02 Autumn Trail Series #3 5.8K, Bloomington, MN
10/04 Bad Prom - Kansas City 5K, Kansas City, MO
10/05 Bohemian Alps Endurance Runs 1M, 4M, 13.1M, Brainard, NE
10/05 FLATS Trail Half Marathon 13.1M, Kirksville, MO
10/05 Indian Lake Trail Run 6K, 12K, Madison, WI
10/05 Moraine Hills Run for the Hills 10K, 13.1M, Mchenry, IL
10/05 Porcupine Mountains Trail Marathon 5K, 13.1M, 26.2M, Ontonagon, MI
10/05 Red Heel Run 5K, 10K, Osage, IA
10/05 Top of Michigan 100K Ultra Run/Relay 100K, Gaylord, MI
10/05 White Tail Trail Half Marathon 10K, 13.1M, Waynesville, OH
10/06 Run Crazy Horse 26.2M, Crazy Horse, SD
10/06 Salamander Sprint Trail Run 5K, 10K, Fort Wayne, IN
10/06 Sandrat Trail Run 9.5M, Lawrence, KS
10/09 Hawk Ridge 6K, Duluth, MN
10/12 10-10-10K 10K, Rapid City, SD
10/12 Cow Pie Trail Run 13.1M, Loup City, NE
10/12 Heartland 100 50M, 100M, Cassody, KS
10/12 Market to Market 50K 50K, Lincoln, NE
10/12 Newton Hills Trail Races 2M, 6.2M, Canton, SD
10/13 Fall Fell Trail Trail Race 7M, Olathe, KS
10/13 Glacial Trail 50 50K, 50M, Greenbush, WI
10/13 Owasippe Trail Race 10K, 13.1M, Twin Lake, MI
10/13 Run2payitforward 13.1M, White Lake Township, MI
10/13 Towpath Marathon 10K, 13.1M, 26.2M, Cleveland, OH
10/16 Autumn Trail Series #4 5.8K, Bloomington, MN
10/19 Lake Perry Rocks 50K, 13.1M, 5K, Topeka, KS
10/19 Lost Creek Run 5K, 10K, Troy, OH
10/19 Moccasin Gap 10 Mile and Heepwah 5K Trail Run 5K, 10M, Ozark, IL
10/19 Quick and Dirty 8K, Kirtland, OH
10/19 St Pat's 24 Hour 6H, 12H, 24H, South Bend, IN
10/19 Wild Duluth Races 13.1M, 50K, 100K, Duluth, MN
10/20 Dogwood Canyon Trail Runs 15K, 25K, 50K, Lampe, MO
10/20 Pine Valley 5.5K, Cloquet, MN
10/26 Bad Apple Ultra 3H, 6H, 12H, Greenville, MI
10/26 Blackhawk Trail Run 8K, 16K, Sauk City, WI
10/26 Harvest Hoot 'n Holler Adventure Run 5K, 7M, Rush City, MN
10/26 Mackinac Island Great Turtle 5.7M, 13.1M, Mackinac Island, MI
10/26 Monroe County YMCA Illinois Ozarks 10k Bluff Trail Run 10K, Valmeyer, IL
10/26 Rockport Trail Runs 4M, 10K, Janesville, WI
10/26 Surf the Murph 25K, 50K, 50M, Savage, MN
10/26 Terror in the Glen 5K, 10K, 13.1M, Glenwood City, WI
10/26 Trick or Treat Night Trail Run 5K, Kansas City, KS
10/26 Wagon Wheel Trail Run 5K, Manitou, OK
10/27 Black Hawk Ridge Run 8K, 16K, Sauk City, WI
10/27 Dirty Herd Fall Classic 2.5M, 5M, Grand Rapids, MI
10/27 G.O.A.T.z Trail Runs 5M, 10.5M, 21M, 50K, Omaha, NE
10/27 G.O.A.T.z Trail Runs 5M, 10.5M, 21M, 50K, Omaha, NE
10/27 Hoboglobin 10k 10K, Chesterton, IN
10/27 Roughrider 5M, Duluth, MN
10/27 Stone Steps 50k 50K, Cincinnati, OH

Northeast
09/28 James River Loop 8-Mile Trail Run 8M, Richmond, VA
09/28 Megatransect 26M, Lock Haven, PA
09/28 Mountain Madness 7M, 25K, 50K, Ringwood, NJ
09/29 GVH MudslogXC 8M, Fairport, NY
09/29 Vermont 50 50K, 50M, 50R, Brownsville, VT
10/01 Out Of Bounds Half Marathon And 10K Trail Races At Bristol Mountain 10K, 13.1M, Canandaigua, NY
10/05 Lehigh Gap Nature Center More or Less a 10K Trail Run 10K, Slatington, PA
10/05 Oil Creek 100 Trail Runs 50K, 50M, M, Titusville, PA
10/05 Ultimate Xc Vermont Edition 2K, 5K, 10K, 21K, 42K, East Burke, VT
10/06 Blue Steel Stampede 10K, Baltimore, MD
10/06 Blues Cruise 50K 50K, Leesport, PA
10/06 Houghton's Pond 6.2M, Milton, MA
10/06 Mountain RAID 4 & 12 Mile Trail Races 4M, 12M, Newry, ME
10/06 NipMuck Trail Marathon 26.4M, Ashford, CT
10/06 Paine to Pain 13.1M, New Rochelle, NY
10/12 Fall Foliage Trail Runs 5K, 10K, Waynesboro, VA
10/13 Fall Backyard Burn Trail Running Series #1 5M, 10M, Reston, VA
10/13 Green Monster 25K, 50K, Wellsboro, PA
10/19 Ghouls & Fools NightTime Trail Run 6.5M, Reading, PA
10/19 Into The Darkness 4 Mile Night Trail Run 4M, Roanoke, VA
10/19 Sinnemahone Ultra Marathon Trail Run 25K, 50K, 50R, Emporium, PA
10/19 TARC Fall Classic 50K 10K, 13.1M, 26.2M, Carlisle, MA
10/20 Bimbler's Bluff 50K, Guilford, CT
10/20 Bond Brook Tread Fest 5M, 10M, Augusta , ME
10/20 Fall Backyard Burn Trail Running Series #2 5M, 10M, Lorton, VA
10/20 Friend2friend Hot Chili Challenge 8M, Newton, NJ
10/20 Ridgewalk, Run, Race, Ride 5K, 10K, 15M, Wellsville, NY
10/20 Tussey MOUnTaiNBACK 50 USA 50M, Boalsburg, PA
10/25 Run Around the Gorge 40M, Fayetteville, WV
10/26 Ghost Train Rail Trail Ultra 15M, 30M, 45M, 60M, 75M, 90M, 100M, Brookline, NH
10/26 Trailapalooza Trail Running Festival 5K, 10K, 20K, Hidden Valley, PA
10/28 Wildlands Trail Race 7.2M, East Orland, ME

South
09/28 Trails of Hope at Miller Springs 5M, Belton, TX
09/28 XTERRA Alabama Cheaha State Park 10K, Delta, AL
10/05 Arkansas Traveller 100 100M, Perryville, AR
10/05 Hunter Gatherer Ultras 50K, 100K, Rocksprings, TX
10/05 Rock/Creek Stump Jump 11M, 50K, Chattanooga, TN
10/06 FATS 50k 50K, North Augusta, SC
10/06 Goodwill Mud Run #3 3.5M, Greenville, SC
10/12 Beech Mountain Madness 50K, Beech Mountain, NC
10/12 Frogtown Trail Challenge 4M, 10M, Cumming, GA
10/12 John Holmes Trail Run 16M, 50K, Brooksvile, FL
10/12 XTERRA Georgia Fort Yargo State Park 5K, 10K, Winder, GA
10/13 Legends Spooky Trail Race 4M, Owensboro, KY
10/13 Mystery Mountain Marathon 12M, 26.2M, Chatsworth, GA
10/19 Bocca Lup Howl at the Moon 5K Trail Run 5K, Englewood, FL
10/19 Forge Trail Series - Battlefield 5K, 10K, 13.1M, Baton Rouge, LA
10/19 Juggernaut Gym Wear 3M, 6M, 9M, 13.1M, Chesapeake, VA
10/19 River Otter Trail Relay 10K, Awendaw, SC
10/19 Stallions Stampede 2K, 5K, 10K, Spring, TX
10/20 Hill Country Marathon 10K, 13.1M, 26.2M, Marble Falls, TX
10/25 Double Dirty Dozen 6H, 12H, 24H, Oklahoma City, OK
10/26 Blackwater Trail Series-50K Ultra & Relay 50K, 50R, Milton, FL
10/26 Cactus Rose 50M, 100M, Bandera, TX
10/26 Eno River Run 6M, 11M, Durham, NC
10/26 GA National Guard Half Marathon and Ruck Run 13.1M, Canton, GA
10/26 Jack's 50k/25k Trail Race 25K, 50K, Flagler Beach, FL
10/31 Pure Screamin' Hell 6.66M, Louisville, KY
11/01 Bad Prom - Dallas 5K, Dallas, TX

International
09/28 5 Peaks Trail Run - Buntzen Lake 5K, 15K, Port Moody, BC
09/28 5 Peaks Trail Run - Canmore Nordic Center 5K, 15K, , Canmore, AB
09/28 Autumn Rush Trail Race 10K, 21K, 42K, Kelowna, BC
09/28 Patagonian International Marathonk 10K, 21K, 42K, 63K, Puerto Natales, Chile
09/29 II trail del Moscato 50K, Santo Stefano Belbo, Italy
09/29 Mutha's Nature Trail Run 25K, 50K, Vancouver, BC
10/04 Beaudry Lemming Loop 3H, 6H, 12H, 24H, Winnipeg, MB
10/06 TrailCross London 2K, London, ON
10/11 Votwo Atlantic Coast Challenge 78.6M, Truro, Cornwall, United Kingdom
10/12 Calypso Trail - Mljet Islad 50K, Mljet Island National park, Croatia
10/12 Cuddly Coyote 3 9K, 27K, Black Point, NS
10/12 Great Ocean Walk 100s 50K, R, 100K, Apollo Bay, Australia
10/12 XTRAIL Asics Mt Orford 1K, 5K, 10K, 21K, Oxford, QC
10/14 Northumberland Forest Turkey Trot 2.5K, 5K, Harwood, ON
10/18 Votwo Pembrokeshire Coast Challenge 78.6M, St Davids, Wales
10/19 Around the Lake Give 'r Take 30 Km 30K, 16K, 14R, Chilliwack, BC
10/19 Ucka Vertical 7.7K, Medveja, Croatia
10/19 Ultima Frontera Trail Races 55K, 83K, 166K, Loja, Granda Province, Spain
10/19 Ultra trail del Lago D'Orta 22K, 55K, 80K, Pogno (NO), Italy
10/19 Vulture Bait Trail Races 25K, 50K, London, ON
10/20 Get Off The Couch 11.5K, 22.5K, North Vancouver, BC
10/26 5 Peaks Trail Run - ARK 5K, 21K, Denholm, PQ
10/26 Bhatti 100 - UTMB Qualifier 30M, 50M, 100M, 24H, New Delhi, India
10/27 My First Trail Race 10K, 21.1K, North Vancouver, BC
10/28 Namib Desert Challenge 220K Sossusvlei Desert, Namibia

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