As the RD made his announcements before the start of the race, TG butted in.
TG: Ladies and Gentlemen, Runners, Spectators and Volunteers: Today I will run with a tyre to signify it takes a lot of effort to reduce our trash. I would like you to help me, to pledge to reduce your single use plastic trash. To concrete that pledge, I would like you to sign this poor abandoned tyre.
RD: ...and we will make this pledge part of our events.....
One of them, Charlie, decided to be her companion for the day and the two of them fixed the trash issue, the US political system, abuse of benefits, tax evasion, plus a host of other topics!
As we encountered runners passing in the opposite direction from the turn around points, a number of runners proudly held up their cups announcing that this was the first and only cup they would take for the whole event.
RD: Can I think about it?
TG: Sure, how does he make you feel?
Volunteers: Call him "ED"
RD: Ed - short for "Educate"
A most excellent name for a pledge tyre and one that will educate people from now on about reducing their trash and all runners to BYOB (Bring Your Own Bottle).....AND this is why the mainly marathon organisers travel with a pledge tyre called Ed!