Moa Experience to leave no trace

Getting ready for the Moa Experience trail run with keep cups in hand are, from left, Lesley Park, Sonya Macefield, Kelly Bulloch, and Elle Reid. Photo: Nikki South.

Organisers of a community trail run will be doing their best to leave a minimal footprint on the environment by encouraging participants to carpool and bring their own drinking vessel.

The Moa Experience trail run, which will be held in the Papamoa Hills on Sunday, September 9, attracted just under 200 runners last year. Papamoa Running Buddies is hoping for an even bigger turnout this year.

Spokesperson Elle Reid says the group has spent some time thinking about the environmental impact of the event, and decided it won’t be using disposable cups to dispense drinks this year.

“Many events are becoming cupless, with people asked to bring their own cups along, or wear camelbacks or hydration packs to be filled up.

“There will be no cups at any of our aid stations, which will impact on waste. Coffee is also big at these kinds of events, so we will be encouraging people to bring their own cups and we will have a bin of mugs for people to borrow.”

Participants who carpool to the event will also go into a draw for fuel vouchers.

“I feel like I can say we have done everything to minimise the impact on the environment for this event. I’m quite proud that we’ve taken this leap forward.”

The 15km course goes through the Papamoa Hills and Summerhill Farm, with some of the proceeds from the run going towards the upkeep and planting of the popular tracks.

The event leaves from the Papamoa Hills carpark on Poplar Lane on Sunday, September 9 at 9am.

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