Join Stamford-based Keep America Beautiful®, The Maritime Aquarium at Norwalk and Keep Norwalk Beautiful on Sun., Sept. 15 for Connecticut’s inaugural 5k plogging event, the Keep America BeautifulTrash Dash™.
The three organizations are partnering in advance of World Cleanup Day and the International Coastal Cleanup (both on Sept. 21) to prevent litter from entering Long Island Sound by conducting Connecticut’s first major “plog” through the streets of Norwalk.
Plogging, a combination of jogging and picking up litter, started as an organized activity in Sweden around 2016 because of growing concerns about litter and marine debris and has since spread to other countries. Keep America Beautiful – the nation’s leading community improvement nonprofit organization – and its more than 600 community-based affiliates are leading this trend in the United States by conducting plogs to make their communities cleaner, safer, healthier and more beautiful.
“Every piece of litter that participants pick up during the Trash Dash reduces the amount of litter that potentially could enter Long Island Sound and helps us transform Norwalk’s public spaces into beautiful places,” said Keep America Beautiful President & CEO Helen Lowman.
Plog check-in on Sept. 15 will be from 7 to 8 a.m. in Newman’s Own Hall of The Maritime Aquarium, 10 N. Water St. The Trash Dash begins at 8 a.m.
Each plogger will receive a plastic garbage bag, gloves and a litter picker to pick up the trash, as well as an official race t-shirt and numbered bib. At a stop along the route, ploggers can empty their filled garbage bags. At the end of the 5K, each plogger’s trash and recyclables will be weighed, separated and sorted for proper processing.
Unlike most 5ks, where awards are given for the best times, the Trash Dash offers different kinds of awards, such as most trash collected, top fundraiser and more.
“This fun plogging event benefits both the health of the Sound and the health of the ploggers,” said Aquarium spokesman Dave Sigworth. “Whether you walk or run the 5K, whether you fill one trash bag or 10, you and the environment both come out winners.”
Ploggers are invited to register now as individuals or to form Trash Dash teams to help raise funds for Keep America Beautiful. Individual adult registration is $30. Kids age 14 and under can participate for free but are still encouraged to pre-register.
Following the Trash Dash, participants will receive discounted admission on Sept. 15 into The Maritime Aquarium.
Register and learn more at www.kab.org.
The Keep America Beautiful Trash Dash is sponsored by Dart Container Corporation and Sazerac Company.