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Runners lace up to clean up their communities


One running group is pounding the pavement to better the environment, and the group's mission is spreading across the state.

"We also do something extra by picking up trash in our path," said Green Runner Rachael Schieb.

"Because I would run almost every day and see all the trash on the side of the sidewalks, on the side of the road, and it just kind of got to me," added Schieb

Last year, the group went on 20 green runs around the Des Moines metro, filling five to six bags each time.

"The biggest places we find are wherever there's tall grass, so anytime there is a ditch you can't see it from the road, but when you get down in there, it's full of garbage. About every run we find a hub cap," said Green Runner, Tim Schieb.

"We're just running, picking up trash. It's a great combination of fitness and environmental consciousness," said Green Runner, Brittany Switzer.

The green runners group has expanded to two other locations in the state. There's now a group in Humboldt and the Waterloo-Cedar Falls area this season. Organizers say really anyone can get involved.

"My mother-in-law tells me about her green walks, my grandma in Audobon does some green walks out in their yard, so it's fun to hear about all different kinds of people, maybe not running, but walking, picking up trash, doing their part," said Green Runner Racheal Schieb.

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