Having the privilege of joining a Garden Spot Village pre-marathon check list meeting, it was time to voice a concern. Being a person who runs with the guys at the back, I have been disturbed by the amount of trash runners drop on the ground: cups, bottles, sticky gel packs, wrappers......Am not sure why it is okay for everyone to discard their trash on the ground when check points/aid stations (CP) are so frequent. As a person who has also volunteered and marshalled at these events, been at the event before it started and waited for the last runner to come through, it irks me even more to have to do a litter sweep of the track at the end. It would be so great if runners could be more responsible and respectful.
Come on runners, discard your rubbish at CPs or put them back into your pockets! Let the event be a great collaboration between runners and volunteers :-)
I wondered if the organisers could say that I would charge runners $5 who simply dropped their trash on the ground. The wrath of the "TG" would be upon their running legs should they disregard this. Scott (RD) sent out an email!
In the meantime, I would like to talk a little bit about this fantastic area and the village that runs the event.
The Garden Spot Village marathon is located in New Holland, Lancaster, PA. For visitors to the area, New Holland is set in Amish farming country with cows and crops. With many farming countrysides that I have been in, there has always been a slight eye/nose sensitivity from the "stuff" they spray on crops. Here there was.....nothing. The air smelt clean.....surreal. Sure there were the cows smells, but even their smells smelt better than the normal cow smells!
The Amish community chooses to do without modern conveniences. For example they do not believe in using power generated electricity and clothing is strict. Every farmland that I saw had an "organic" label and it was easy for them to do so when you have read about how they live. To read more about them click here or here.
Living in one of their studio flats for a couple of days, overlooking a zen garden, there was a sense of peace and serenity. Throughout my stay, it was easy to see why there is a waiting list to get into this village.
Note: There is much research on the web to show activity and learning are two tools to help delay the onset of dementia (see here for more information). In London, have been involved with a charity called SiverFit that is helping to inspire the 50+ to be active (see here for information) so any 50+, get active or watch this space.