• Kade Godwin

Tallahassee hosts 8th annual Trash Dash

Tallahassee will be hosting its 8th annual Trash Dash 5K run this Saturday. The 5K offers local runners a chance to enjoy a beautiful championship cross country course all while supporting environmental sustainability efforts in the community.

Anyone wishing to participate in the run should arrive at the Leon County Apalachee Regional Park Championship Cross Country Course, located on 7550 Apalachee Parkway, at 7:30 a.m. for registration. You can also register online here.

The race will begin shorty after, at 8:30 a.m.

"Visit Tallahassee" describes the course as "One of the nation's few sites designed especially for cross country running. This trail is pristine, multi-surface course that can host small and large running events. The facility features numerous course/distance options through rolling hills, lowlands, and pine forests."

The overall goal of the Trash Dash is to "encourage low waste lifestyles by promoting reducing, reusing, and recycling of Earth's limited resources." The event will also include recycling containers, composting availability and the opportunity for participants and others in attendance to donate used athletic shoes and T-shirts.

All donated shoes will be given to people in areas of need, and the shirts will be used to make cloth bags in attempts to influence people to use those instead of plastic bags.

Runners are encouraged to bring their own reusable water bottles.

In addition to the 5K, attendees can enjoy delectable biscuits from Maple Street Biscuits as well as coffee from the local coffee shops. Local markets will also be providing fresh fruits and vegetables.

The city of Tallahassee encourages everyone to come out this Saturday and support this wonderful eco-friendly event, fun for the whole family.