Welcome to ARR
Founded in 1985, the Albuquerque Road Runners Club is Albuquerque's oldest and largest open running club created for the promotion of health through running.
ARR ACTIVITIES AND EVENTS
Membership Meeting February 6
There will not be a January meeting. NOTE that the February meeting isn't at North Domingo Baca, instead we will be meeting at Nexus Brewery, located at 4730 Pan American Fwy NE. The club has reserved the downstairs meeting room at Nexus from 6:30 to 8:30 PM. Come at 6:30 if you would like to order food. Check out the Nexus menu here. The meeting will begin at 7:00.
Seeking the next ARR webmaster
It's time for my tenure as ARR webmaster to come to an end. I look forward to seeing what new ideas and fresh style the next webmaster brings to ARR. It's been exciting to learn about community racing programs as webmaster.
I tried to use my tenure to highlight an under appreciated source of waste in the running community, specifically unworn shirts. While all unworn clothing is a waste of water and energy resources, this problem of unworn shirts is exacerbated when race directors offer shirts in a single gender (usually men's only) to a coed group of runners.
Manufacturing a single cotton shirt can consume 2700 liters of water (713 gallons of water). For reference, Albuquerque’s per capita daily water use is 127 gallons . According to Nature, “Textile production is one of the most polluting industries, producing 1.2 billion tonnes of CO2 equivalent (CO2e) per year, which is more emissions than international flights and maritime shipping.”  Clothing is certainly a necessity and race shirts can be excellent mementos. However, “the EPA estimates that the average American throws away 70 pounds of cloths a year.” 
To reduce the energy and water impact of races, I urge race directors to consider offering the following: (a) discounted shirt-free registrations, (b) alternative clothing items that are replaced often, such as socks or gloves, or (c) shirts in both men’s and women’s sizes to reduce the number of female racers tossing unworn men’s shirts. Runners, vote with your feet. Please consider supporting environmentally-responsible races.
 https://www.nature.com/articles/s41558-017-0058-9, referencing A New Textiles Economy: Redesigning Fashion’s Future (Ellen MacArthur Foundation, 2017).
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