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Every run is an opportunity to reflect on our connection to the natural world and the joy that trail running provides. This Earth Day, we’re putting our money where our, er, feet are.
We’re challenging our readers to #MatchTheirMiles this Earth Day with a donation to Runners for Public Lands, a 501(c)(3) non-profit environmental organization that helps connect runners and environmental issues in their communities.
Thursday, April 22nd
HOW: Get out and run. However many miles you run, donate that same amount of money to Runners for Public Lands here. Use the hashtag #MatchYourMiles and tag @trailrunnermag and @runners4publiclands on Instagram for a chance to be featured on Trail Runner’s social media. Join a national movement of trail runners rallying in support of the trails that we love!
Why #MatchYourMiles ? Because here at Trail Runner, we know that any great feat consists of hundreds of very small steps, and you don’t have to do something epic to make a huge difference. Whether you run and donate $3 or $300, you have a chance to make an impact. Funds raised by RPL will be used to organize and mobilize runner participation in environmental advocacy and conservation work.
WHO IS RPL?
Launched on Earth Day, 2019, and based in Ventura, California, Runners for Public Lands is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit environmental organization committed to environmental justice, climate and public lands advocacy, and conservation work.
The 2016 Water Protectors Movement at Standing Rock inspired many people, including RPL’s Executive Director, Vic Thasiah. When he saw the Oceti Sakowin youth, carrying their people’s prayers and petitions, run over 2000 miles in resistance to the Dakota Access Pipeline…it totally changed his life. As corporate and government threats to native and public lands mounted, Mike Foote’s 2017 article “No Free Lunch: Trail Running and the Public Lands Debate” called trail runners to step up and join the fight. Runners were the largest outdoor recreational group in the United States (and still are), over 60 million strong, and didn’t have an organized, collective, national voice in environmental advocacy and conservation work. Until now.
Join us in celebrating the planet that’s home to our favorite trails this Earth Day, April 22nd!