April 22, 2010

Skeese Greets Tri Goes Green

It's Earth Day so thoughts turn to ways of reducing, reusing and recycling. The Skeese Greets Women's Tri has always tried to keep the environmental impact at a minimum. Here are some things we are doing this year:

*Recycling bins at the event.

*Goodie Bags are reusable and made from recycled materials by a local company. They can be reused as a fresh fruit/veggie bag or for wet workout clothes or for whatever else.

*Goodie bags do not contain flyers, but instead a comprehensive guide with sponsor ads and pertinent information printed on recycled paper here in Texas.

*No single-use disposable plastic bottles for water or sports drink distributed at the finish line. We'll provide reusable plastic bottles instead. They can be re-filled at the Water Monster.

*Green portable toilets that use non-toxic deodorizer.

*At least 80% of all marketing and participant communications facilitated through email or website updates instead of paper mail.

*We reuse at least 80% of all signage for the event.

*We plan to serve locally grown, fresh, organic fruit at the finish line.

*Clothing/shoe/bike recycling/reuse program available at packet pickup with Bicycle Re-Cycle.

*Carpooling option.

*VIP parking for carpoolers of 3 or more.

more to come...


April 15, 2010

Riding to Raise Dough

It's Tax Day, yes, but it's also National High Five Day. I think high fives should go to all the people who have helped raise millions of dollars during the MS150 happening this weekend from Houston to Austin. The goal was to raise $18 million and they're almost there. So they definitely deserve high fives!

What about you? Have you ever raised money in such a way? Asking your friends, family, neighbors and strangers to chip in so that you can hit your quota? Or have you helped raise money through a group like the LAF Tri Team which will be participating in the Austin Tri again this year?

There are lots of ways triathletes and cyclists can help raise money. Besides joining Team In Training or the LAF (amongst others), there's a newer one here in Austin called SoleMates. You can join SoleMates to help raise money for Girls On the Run. How it differs from other organizations is that you can pick any event of your liking; there's no specific tri or ride designated by the organization. You can pick a 5k or 10k if you want or even the Skeese Greets Women's Tri (hint, hint!)

What are you riding for? (besides your own well-being?) Either way, I'm giving you a virtual high five!