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 from Europe to Hudson.
Organized by Renewable Hudson and GoGreenGo.org, and supported by the UK group Plogolution, the first-ever Hudson Plog will take place April 7 at 10:30 a.m. and 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," says event organizer, Eric Hancsak. "I heard about plogging about a year ago, and thought it would be fun to plan an organized event.
"So I posted a note on Twitter and got a response from the team at Plogolution, and here we are."
Once Plogolution agreed to support the event, Hancsak said he reached out to Keep Hudson Beautiful, who in turn generously agreed to provide gloves, bags and safety vests. Additionally, Vertical Runner, Open Door Coffee, Radhaus and Hometown Threads have offered giveaways and T-shirts.
Plogolution co-founder Michelle Parkes says Plogolution has now held large scale plogs across London.
"We’ve seen the difference plogging can make to a community, and are thrilled to help Eric and Renewable Hudson bring this to the U.S. 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."
To learn more and register for this free event, visit @RenewableHudson or @Plogolution on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram, or visit Eventbrite.com and search "Hudson Plog."