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GREEN RUN: Picking Up Fair Trash

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The Iowa State Fair brings hundreds of thousands of visitors to Des Moines each year.

Unfortunately, some of those visitors drop their fairground litter in the neighborhoods outside.

Beautification efforts inside the gates have kept the fairgrounds free of litter. But outside its another story.

So Thursday night a group of runners decided to do something about it.

The “Green Runners” hosted their inaugural Capital to Corndog 5K.

Runners, armed with garbage bags, started at the State Capitol and ran down Grand Avenue to the fairgrounds, picking up trash along the way.

The State Fair, Metro Waste and Keep Iowa Beautiful sponsored the event.

Organizers say simple, fun projects like this can save the state a lot of money, “It costs in this state about $30-million a year to pick up trash,” says Gary Schnepf. “That’s just wasted money so what we’re trying to do is get as much attention to the prevention side of it and encourage people to change their behavior.”

He says neighbors stopped the runners to say “thank you” as they passed along the route.