Trail 10K Wales to partner with Trees Not Tees for 2020

As part of the continued drive for running events at Run Coed y Brenin to be greener, the Trail 10k Wales event this September will partner with Trees Not Tees which formally launched in February 2020 and partners with race directors to give athletes the option of foregoing a free race shirt. 

Entries go live this Sunday 1st of March at 9.00am for the Trail 10K Wales race which takes place this September, and will work with Trees Not Tees and offer the option to all runners, upon registration.

How it works

“A race director or event organiser can simply add a tick box next to the T-shirt sizing selection on their  entry form which says, ‘I don’t need another T-shirt – please plant a tree for me instead’. Instead of buying too many T-shirts, the organiser simply pays us for the cost of the T-shirt and we plant a tree for the participant instead. Participants who want a T-shirt still have the option of getting one.”

One of the people behind Trees Not Tees is ultra-runner Jim Mann. “We want to change the habits of the industry and encourage everyone to adopt a more sustainable and environmentally-friendly outlook. We think simply offering to plant a tree instead of getting a race t-shirt will be enough to encourage many people to make more positive and sustainable choices.”

Run Coed y Brenin’s Matt Ward states:

“In 2020 we are trying to reduce waste and consumption again at our events. Overall we are pretty sustainable and will be working with NRW (Natural Resources Wales) to attempt to make our races single-use plastic free in 2020. So, working with Trees Not Tees is just another step in that direction and is a natural move for us to help do our bit to address the climate emergency.”

Entries go live this Sunday 1st of March at 9.00am for the Trail 10K Wales via the event page  and you can discover more about the plans Trees Not Tees have via their website

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