With the end of our annual challenge yesterday, as a club, we totaled 1310.8 miles and 600 bags of trash collected (and there’s a quite a few more outside of the official totals).
Of the 53 natural areas in Fort Collins and Larimer County, we cleaned up 49 of them (most at least twice!), including every natural area within the Fort Collins city limits.
Two teams in particular stood out for their outstanding efforts. Congratulations to The Running Condors (Ana Velasquez, Fabiola Silva, Diego Manriquez, Gilberto Solano, Pablo Pinedo & Pilar Fuentealba) for taking home the overall win, and also highest total amount of trash collected. They received their gift certificates to Oregano’s Pizza at this morning’s Tortoise & Hare.
It was a close race with our returning champs, the Rubbish Rovers Repeat (Rebecca Sears, Joyce Nelson, Christina Ramin, Tom Ramin, Bernadette Kuhn, Tammi Glick), who ran the most miles and visited the most natural areas. Just like last year, we also awarded pizza to our top two teams in recognition of both of their amazing work. The lead changed hands multiple times over just this weekend, as both teams gave it their all to the very end!
A few things to look forward to:
Last year, we visited city streets. This year, natural areas. Next year…there’s a new set of destinations in mind. Stay tuned!
We’re working on a plan to make this a year-round challenge. Ideas include that any paid club member can, at any time, submit photo evidence to us that they cleared XX bags of trash around the city (either in one session or over multiple runs), and we’ll give them a $XX gift card to their favorite pizza place/local restaurant. Feedback appreciated!
On Friday, we had a great conversation with our City Natural Area Service Learning Coordinator, and there’s a very good chance we’ll have a plan for drop-off dumpsters next year.