Blaming the runners for that Natgeo Earth Day fiasco

I’ve been scouring several blogs about that fiasco of an event called Natgeo Earth Day. A number of bloggers and commentors are attacking runners for their irresponsible behavior of discarding their water cups onto the streets. A couple of examples:

  • “You know regardless of the cause, are the runners really that dumb to throw their trash along the streets? c’mon! these runners are even professionals! throwing trash is taught at home and in kindergarten to begin with” (Source)
  • “How heavy or cumbersome is a paper cup anyway that you can’t hold it (or tuck in your waistband maybe?) while you finish your run? Does it really get in the way? Does this practically weightless cup weigh you down? Are those precious few seconds that will add to your time to decently throw that cup/plastic bottle in the waste bin, far outweigh the cause that you are running for?” (Source)
  • “As for the participants, let me ask you these: (1) How friggin’ hard is it to hold on to an almost weightless paper cup/plastic bottle while you are running up until the finish line?; and (2) Would it really be a such a big deal if you add just around 5 seconds to your running time in order to throw away that paper cup/plastic bottle properly in any litter bin along the way? You were running in an event that promoted Earth awareness. Couldn’t you have at least suspended this usual messy practice of runners worldwide? Being too concerned about your running time to the exclusion of everything else around you does not show your dedication and neither does it make you a model runner. What it makes you is a douche.” (Source)

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