To add to Natgeo’s woes, the above picture went “viral,” that is according to Interaksyon.
The picture was posted in Francis Xavier Pasion’s Facebook, with the following caption:
Early this morning, I ran my first marathon. It is dubbed as the NATGEO EARTH DAY RUN. I ran for 3 reasons: 1. I liked the shirt (i would have settled for the 3k, but I liked the 5k gray shirt so i would not mind running an additional 3k); 2. I had no taping yesterday; 3. I wanna lose some calories. I did not run to save the earth. That was clear. I was just wondering why the others ran? I was so amused to see most runners scatter their used paper cups and bottled waters on the street. Oh, Mother Earth would be very proud of them…and the organizers. I hope the organizers did not place plastic bottled waters or paper cups in the various stops of the race. I hope they reiterated upon registration that the runner must bring his/her own container and that water fonts will be stationed instead. That could have saved them some money, and yes, some trees. Next time, let us be clear about our intentions in initiating these events. I may have ran for the wrong reasons, but I certainly did not throw away that paper cup on the street. Happy Earth Day Everyone, whatever that means to you.
Not to defend Natgeo in this, but I honestly don’t see the point of Francis’s rant. There are people who are tasked to clean up the paper cups, so the net result is that it would have all ended up in the garbage bin. If the runner tosses the cup inside the garbage bin, he is not actually saving Mother Earth; he is just making the job easier for the guy collecting the cups. The fact that the organizers used paper cups is a good thing; other organizers who had claimed to be environment-conscious were using plastic cups!
Now if only runners would properly dispose of their empty energy gel sachets . . .
Oh and by the way, dear Francis, I may be nit-picking but a marathon is 42 kilometers. A 5k run is hardly a marathon.
What do you think? Is it so wrong for runners to toss their empty cups onto the street? I’d love to hear your comments.
Update: A satirical blog post seems to be gaining speed. It cites a supposed “apology” by Juardencio Turcuatico, Territory Director for Fox International Channels. It’s a funny read, and I bet the blog author must be doing a “LMFAO” over the reactions of various runners. Good job, @SoWhatsNews! I wonder though how the folks over at Fox International are taking this.