Have you ever been out for a run or walk, and picked up an empty water bottle, can or other trash that had been discarded on the roadside? Then, you’ve been “plogging.”
Plogging comes from the Swedish word “plogga”, which means to “pick up.” Combine that with jogging and you get “plogging”, the eco-fitness trend that’s made its way across Europe and is now hitting Hudson, Ohio. One of the great things about plogging is that it is family-friendly and accessible to all fitness levels.
I’m very pleased to announce GoGreenGo.org is partnering with Renewable Hudson, and supported by the UK group Plogolution, to plan the first ever Hudson Plog on Sunday, April 7, at 10:30am. The event will feature a 4.5 mile running course and a family-friendly 1.5 mile walking course.
When I’m out for a run, or walking the dog, I’m always picking up litter. It’s quite shocking really how much there is, even in little Hudson, Ohio, where things are pretty “clean” and community pride is evident. The sad fact is, litter, intentional or accidental, is a constant problem.
I heard about plogging about a year ago, and thought it would be fun and rewarding to plan an organized event and drum up community support and awareness. After posting a note on Twitter, I received a response from the team at Plogolution, and the planning began.
Plogolution is an organization started in the UK by Michelle Parkes and Dermot Kavanagh. In addition to being fitness fanatics, they are both greatly concerned about the environment. They were looking for ways to blend their love of physical activity with care for the environment, and Plogolution was born. They now hold large scale plog events all over England, and are eager to bring their knowledge to the US.
Once Plogolution agreed to support us, I reached out to Keep Hudson Beautiful who generously agreed to provide us with gloves, bags and safety vests. Additionally, local merchants Vertical Runner, Open Door Coffee, Radhaus and Hometown Threads have been enormously supportive and generous by offering giveaways and t-shirts.
Plogolution co-founder, Michelle Parkes says “We’ve seen the difference plogging can make to a community, and are thrilled to help Eric, GoGreenGo.org and Renewable Hudson bring this to the US. Not only does it bring people together, it’s a great way to get some exercise whilst helping the environment and ridding it of the scourge of single use plastic.”
Hear, hear Michelle! Thank you Plogolution for your support and knowledge! We can’t wait to get out there!
To learn more about plogging visit Plogolution.com.
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Written by: Eric Hancsak
Founder of GoGreenGo.org
Eric owns a graphic design company in historic Hudson, OH, where he lives with his wife and son. He is a Climate Reality Leader trained by Al Gore and The Climate Reality Project, and was appointed by Hudson City Council to a seat on the Hudson Environmental Awareness Committee.