5K Run for Clean Air: A Winning Success

Jun 3, 2010

(June 2010) Clean Air Carolina’s First Annual 5K Run for Clean Air that took place on Saturday, May 22 was a great success thanks to our sponsors, vendors, volunteers and registrants. 275 adults and children came out to run, walk and tot trot in beautiful McAlpine Creek Park in Charlotte.

We raised over $10,000!!

This will support Clean Air Carolina’s educational and advocacy programs.

Race Results – Some of these people are really fast!!! WOW!!!

Mecklenburg County Commission Chair Jennifer Roberts (who was the Honorary Chair of the run committee) welcomed the crowd and emphasized the importance of each person being part of the solution to our air quality problems. With our region’s history of high summertime ozone levels, Commissioner Roberts urged participants to reduce unnecessary idling and avoid drive-thrus this summer. Along the 5K trail, educational signs prompted runners and walkers to consider their impact on air quality with messages like “Are your light bulbs curly?” – referring to energy efficient compact florescent bulbs, “Mow your lawn after 6:00 p.m.” and “Idling Gets You Nowhere.”

Captain Clean Air from Charlotte Area Transit System was onsite to entertain kids and adults alike while cheering on the tot trotters who ran from the start line to the finish line but using a special short cut!  Mecklenburg County Air Quality gave out free snow-cones in cups that described the daily air quality code. Carolina Asthma & Allergy Center staff was onsite to provide free asthma screenings for children and adults. Life Kneads provided free massages and The Art of Acupuncture Wellness Center performed free acupuncture sessions. Omega Sports donated 42 prizes for the top three winners in each of the seven different age categories, 2 prizes for the overall firs female and male, and also collected used athletic shoes to donate to Soles 4 Souls, a shoe charity donating shoes to adults and children in need!!

Clean Air Carolina also blazed a trail for clean air by making the Leave No Trace event as eco-friendly as possible and pursuing a certification from Athletes for a Fit Planet.  The 5K Run for Clean Air will soon be the first in the state to achieve this certification.

Here are some of the choices we made to take it easy on our environment:

  1. 100% Pre-Race-Day online registration
  2. Used 5-gallon recyclable water containers (donated by Healthy Home Market)
  3. Used compostable cups to help distribute water to the runners and volunteers
  4. Onsite recycling and also composting of food products. We successfully diverted over 50 pounds of waste from the landfill!
  5. Participants were urged to take mass transit, ride their bikes, or carpool to the park. Those that did received a prime parking spot!
  6. We went with a virtual goodie-bag that was a .pdf that runners could choose to download and print if they were so inclined. Many runners commented how nice it was not to get a bag full of stuff they didn’t really want!!
  7. All signage onsite was made from recycled materials and was designed to be re-used again each year. One way we did that is to leave space for the date of the run. Each year we can print a really small sign and Velcro it on!
  8. Provided environmental education along the race route and onsite that included booths by Clean Air Carolina, CATS, CAAC, Charlotte Energy Solutions, Red Moon Marketing (They manage the City of Charlotte’s Recycling Program), and Mecklenburg County Air Quality.

To all of our wonderful sponsors:


For making this year’s inaugural run a tremendous success!

We look forward to continuing our partnership with you!! Breath Easy!!!