According to a recent article published by Runners World, The New York City Marathon blows through 2.3 million cups during race day. Read that again: 2.3 MILLION cups — on race day alone!
Don’t worry — race organizers don’t plan to eliminate water on courses or anything crazy like that. Now more than ever, though, race organizers are finding ways to reduce the waste and carbon produced during road racing events. We see more and more races using sustainable options: Runners World confirmed that the London Marathon, for example, plans to replace water bottles and cups with biodegradable seaweed pods that can be eaten or tossed — an initiative that begins in the 2020 race.
P3R is well ahead of the game, too, with its brand new sustainable race: the Heineken 0.0 5k.
I feel like I just “became a runner” yesterday, and here I am running my fourth DICK’S Sporting Goods Pittsburgh Marathon weekend of events (2016, 2017, 2019, 2020 — had a surprise baby in March 2018, so I skipped that year).
Sometimes, other ask, “Why don’t you try a different race?” I’ve tried different races, and I love them, too — but there’s just something about Pittsburgh that keeps me comin’ back.
As most of you have seen on my social media accounts, I am honored to be chosen as a 2020 #P3Runner! P3R is the Great Oz behind Pittsburgh’s greatest races including the DICK’S Sporting Goods Pittsburgh Marathon, Fleet Feet Liberty Mile, EQT Ten Miler, and more.
As someone who has been a part of the Pittsburgh Marathon blogging program in 2016, 2019, and now 2020 — I am amazed at how the program has grown and evolved in the most positive ways.
Keep reading for perks you can expect just for following along with my training and reading my blog!
If you haven’t read my recap of the race, make sure you read that first!
It’s been nearly two weeks since my very first marathon – the DICK’S Sporting Goods Pittsburgh Marathon. I feel like these first few weeks post-race should be more of a rollercoaster, but they’re really not.
In fact, they’re kind of boring and predictable in the best of ways. I like it. I’ll take it. I’m the posterchild for Type A personalities, so it kinda makes sense that I’m fine with the predictability. Honestly, I just didn’t expect it to be this way.
Before we get started, I want to sincerely thank the staff and volunteers for the DICK’S Sporting Goods Pittsburgh Marathon. Serving as an official blogger has been one of the best experiences I’ve had. From the community to the referral rewards, the blogger program is top-notch. Special thanks to Event Directors Patrice Matamoros & Troy Schooley as well as Public Relations Specialist Erin Carlin.
And now, let’s talk about that time I ran 29.3 miles across two days.