A bunch of keen runners have been meeting at The Spit once a week for the last year. As they run, they collect rubbish, working as volunteers to keep the beach in pristine condition.
Now, thanks to a grant from Healthy Waterways and Sea World Research and Rescue Foundation, they will be starting new Responsible Runners’ groups at Mermaid and Burleigh.
Local ambassadors Lauren Hodge, Ella Horton, Ryan Adams and Naomi Edwards are joining forces to lead more groups to raise awareness about beach litter and marine debris issues along one of Australia’s most priced stretches of sand and to get their hands dirty cleaning up the beach as they stride it out.
“You don’t have to run. You can crawl, hop, skip or jump while picking up beach litter and marine debris”, said Ryan Adams, a local ambassador for the national Responsible Runners initiative.
“We provide all equipment at the clean ups, which is also a great way to meet people and talk about how we can all keep our beaches clean”.
Responsible Runners Gold Coast
Mermaid Beach (opp. Mermaid Beach SLSC): every Tuesday 5.30pm – 6.00pm
The Spit (near the VMR tower): every Wednesday 5.30pm – 6.00pm
Burleigh Beach (central viewing platform): every Thursday 5.30pm – 6:00pm