Last year, Atayne cleaned up after the Maine Marathon by organizing a trash run. This Summer, they did the same thing for the Beach to Beacon. I wasn’t able to participate in either one, as I was out of town at a wedding for the marathon last year, and had a broken foot this year. (My sister and my nephew had fun, though!)

This year, Atayne is stepping up and doing another trash run in conjunction with the Maine Marathon. Here’s an email I got from Jeremy:

Hello All,
Atayne Runners
Summer is almost over and that means it is time for the fall marathon season. But even more important it is time for the fall Trash Running season.

Last year the Atayne Trash Runners took the Maine Marathon by storm helping to divert about 75% of the event’s waste from going into a landfill.

We are once again working with the Maine Marathon and hope to make an even bigger impact this year.

I know many of you are experienced trash runners, but for all you rookies, it is a pretty simple concept. Run behind the participants and pick-up trash. It also includes some non-runners who separate recyclables from landfill waste at the start/finish and aid stations. Our goal is to recycle as much waste as possible and leave the race course cleaner than the event found it. As unglamorous as it may sound, it actually is a really good time.

I am reaching out to see if any of you would be interested in joining the Atayne Trash Running Team at the 2009 Maine Marathon. The event is Sunday, October 4. We are looking for a team of 30 to 35 people to run the course and help sort landfill and recyclable waste at the aid stations and the start/finish area. If we get enough people, we are even going to try to add composting this year.

As always, all volunteers will receive an Atayne top to wear while getting trashy and to sport proudly afterwards.

If you are available and interested in volunteering, please email me and include your preferred role: runner or sorter. If you are a runner please indicate how many miles you are willing to cover (minimum of 3 and maximum of 14). If you are interested in running but are unsure about the pace, we typically run a 12 to 15 minute mile while trash running. Feel free to spread the word and invite others you think might be interested.

Keep it clean,


You can contact Jeremy at Atayne’s website here:

Just mention you are interested in taking part in the Maine Marathon Trash Run and he will get you the specific details.