MINNESOTA'S GREEN RACE
The Urban Wildland Half Marathon & 5K was founded in 2003 to save the partnership between Wood Lake Nature Center and the Richfield Public Schools to provide environmental education curriculum to the student.  The race itself has become an opportunity to demonstrate environmentally-friendly practices.  All materials are either recyclable, reusable, or compostable, most of the food served at the event is organic, and every aspect of the race has been considered in an effort to leave a gentle footprint on the environment.  Race Director Amy Markle has advised several other races about presenting an earth-friendly event.

FINISHER MEDALS
Hand-designed wood medals will go to all runners that cross the finish line.  The wood slices are from buckthorn and other invasive tree species in Wood Lake Nature Center.

CARBON CAPTURE GARDEN
Trees capture tons of CO2.  That's why we call attention to the Santa Familia Primary School Kanan Kaax Model Teaching Garden in Cayo, Belize, where they teach kids about hardwood tree gardening. Dominant Maya forest trees, like Mahogany, Zapote, Jobo, Chicle, and many others, capture tons of CO2.  The garden is used to teach kids the time-honored practices of forest gardening. Photos of students in the Teaching Garden.



SOLAR POWER
The UWHM5K is off-the-grid.  All electricity required at the finish line (chip timing and music) is generated with solar power, thanks to Powerfully Green.
 

PAPERLESS REGISTRATION
Registration is completely paperless (by phone, walk-in, or online).  Click here for registration information.

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VIRTUAL RUNNER BAGS
Each runner receives an email with links to sponsor deals made available only to our registrants.

ORGANIC FOOD
All leftover food is donated to a local charity.
 

SHIRT & SHOE RECYCLING
Bring your old shirts and shoes to the race.  USAgain will collect them at packet pickup (Friday or Saturday) to be reused, recycled, or reworn.  For every pound of clothing collected, seven pounds of CO2 emissions are prevented.

COMPOST, REUSE, RECYCLE
All race materials are either compostable, reusable, or recyclable (with help from Waste Management).  Water stop cups are made of compostable sugar cane material, finish line water is served in cups made of compostable corn material, and other plastic and paper products are recycled.
 

MEDAL RECYCLING
Medals4Mettle collects unused runner medals to give as gifts to children undergoing cancer treatment.  Bring your race medals on race day and click below and read about their great organization.

 

 

Urban Wildland Half Marathon & 5K | c/o Wood Lake Nature Center | 6710 Lake Shore Drive | Richfield, MN 55423 | 612-861-9369 | Contact Us