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GREEN RUN: Metro Waste Authority hosts annual race

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The landfill may not seem like a good place for a jog, but next weekend's Green Run might change your mind.

"There are a lot of misconceptions about what a landfill is, and metro waste authority owns 1,800 acres of land out here in eastern Polk County and only 500 acres is going to be landfilled on," said Metro Waste Authority's Amy Hock.

Nestled among the remaining 1300 hundred acres of MWA property you'll find wetlands, rolling hills, and an environmental learning center.

Classrooms inside a renovated home give kids from local high schools and colleges a place to start before heading out into nature. But the importance of protecting the environment is a lesson MWA hopes to share with a larger audience next weekend at the Green Run.

"If you don't have a connection with the natural environment, you're not going to have much respect for it or care much about it," said MWA Executive Director Tom Hadden.

The 5K race will take participants around the learning center property, across a new bridge, and on through restored prairie. The ten k will stretch on into the landfill operations as well.

Prizes will be handed out for the first people across the finish. The race begins at 10AM Sunday, September 18th. To register, go to