I know it hasn’t been that long since I was last on my soap box ranting about runners that make us all look bad. However, after running the Mississauga Marathon last weekend I find myself climbing right back up and clearing my throat.
It’s great that we get to toss our cups on the ground at water stations – thank you to all the wonderful volunteers who clean up after us so that we don’t have to slow down or crash into each other at garbage cans.
But, it seemed that everywhere I looked, there were empty gel packets on the ground. I am not talking about the water stations – I am talking about everywhere else.
If you throw an empty gel pack on the ground at a water station, fine. Those super-fantastic volunteers have got your back. But if you toss stuff anywhere else you are littering. I repeat: You Are Littering.
If your gel break doesn’t line up with a water station, I am really sorry about your luck, but you are then obligated to look for a garbage can, or continue to store or carry the empty wrapper until you reach a water station. It’s that simple.
From what I saw, we are such a mighty bunch of pigs, it’s a wonder that any city invites us back.