You can now get your run on and not use a single throw-away paper cup on the road or trails of your favorite running events!
How flippin’ cool is that!
Here are a few cool points associated with this:
- Less garbage creation.
- Less clean-up.
- Eliminate the opportunity for a used cup to be left in the bush of a favorite local trail.
- Less strain on the amazing volunteers. Maybe even less required.
- You are part of a positive movement to change how we interact with a running event and even the planet. We are going to tip this baby!
“Little changes can have big effects” – Malcolm Gladwell
It is easy to say, “It’s just a cup! Big deal.” I think it can be a big deal. By looking out our planet interaction with something as seemingly trivial as a paper cup at a running event, we create a gap in the door of our life that gives us permission to look at bigger, even more impactful areas. Then when enough people transform self, we can witness the transformation of a sport, a local community, a country, and even the world. Why not?
The Cup-free Trail Runner
I was pretty pumped when Jemez Mountain Trail Run announced they were going cup-free. I ran the 50 km this Spring and you know what? I didn’t miss that waxy papery fluid holder.
When you are clearly aware of the environment (cup-free), you plan accordingly. If it’s 30 degrees below zero outside, you prepare with wearing a jacket. Go into the environment without it and life will suck. If you know an event will be cup-free, have a plan to deal with it. This isn’t a new skill to learn but simply breaking an old unconscious pattern and creating a new one.
How to support the transition to cup-free racing?
Fortunately, most trail runners are used to carrying a handheld or other hydration system which greatly reduces the paper cup load.
But sometimes we like an extra cup of water or electrolyte drink before leaving the aid station. What can we do about that?
Some longer events even may have coffee and warm soup. That isn’t going in the CamelBak!
I have found a couple very functional products that will come very close to eliminating the need/desire to ever grab a paper cup again.
1. The Hydra Pouch
The Hydra Pouch is feathery light, simple to use, and BPA-free. It can hold 6 ounces of fluid.
Pinch it, Fill it, Drink it, Clip it!
I purchased a Hydra Pouch a couple months ago and ran some 8 mile trail runs to see if it would be annoying or cut through my flesh. I was impressed. It didn’t move around or create any hot-spots. In fact it often felt like I didn’t even have it clipped on…but it never moved.
If you need that extra shot of water or electrolyte drink, the Hydra Pouch can dominate that desire.
Plus you could use this easily in road events as well!
If interested in a Hydra Pouch you can check out their site here.
2. The Sea-to-Summit X-cup
In my previous cup-free article I mentioned the Sea-to-Summit X-Mug. This coffee mug sized collapsible BPA-free mug could be stashed inside a hydration pack and used whenever you need extra water, electrolyte drink, coffee, or warm soup. It can handle warm liquid items as well which is pretty cool. It could hold two cups of fluid but does require some kind of pack or storage area to hold it.
Recently Sea-to-Summit released the X-cup. It has the same properties as the X-Mug but smaller. The X-cup can hold 8 ounces of fluid instead of 16 (per the X-mug). If you wear a pack with any kind of storage, the X-cup should be able to find a home.
The catch with the X-cup is you need a place to store it during the run.
Where can you purchase?
Interact, engage, play in this world. Squeeze the lemon out of this life experience. And if you are interested in the benefits of cup-free racing, these two items can help turn that interest into a reality for nearly all situations.
Be active – Feel the buzz!
David – EnduranceBuzz.com
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Posted on 07 Sep 2011
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