Bloomsday race turns Lilac City 'green' - Spokane, North Idaho News & Weather KHQ.com

Bloomsday race turns Lilac City 'green'

SPOKANE, Wash. - Although scattered rain showers were forecast for the start of Bloomsday earlier today, it was the water held for runners that Bloomsday organizers say could set a record. Organizers say they plan to compost drinking cups in a first-of it's-kind move for road races.

"Near as we can tell there's no other big race like Bloomsday that's been able to do this," said Don Kardong, organizer and founder of Bloomsday.

Kardong estimates 500,000 cups will be swept into biodegradable bags and taken to Royal Organic Products in central Washington.

"The tricky part of it will be trying to keep the cups separate from other trash," he said.

Employees at Royal Organic Products said they will mix the cups with yard waste and compost the cups over the next 8 months.

The move is part of an attempt to take the growing the race in a green direction. Bloomsday organizers say they plan to reduce the amount of waste they produce by 10% each year.

"Runners, joggers, and so on who do spend so much time outdoors are very environmentally conscious as a rule," according to Kardong.

Kardong says Bloomsday organizers also printed entry forms and posters on recycled paper, encouraged recycling of plastic "goodie bags" and increased the number of online registrants to reduce the amount of paper the organization used.

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