Encinitas ‘Trash Dash’ scheduled for April 1

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The H2O Trash Patrol’s first-ever Trash Dash will be held on Saturday, April 1, organizers have announced.

This family-friendly event starts at 8 a.m. with an invigorating morning 5K run on the beach. Runners and walkers of all ages are welcome to attend and collect trash and litter.

In an effort to raise marine debris awareness and leave a positive impact on the beaches, reusable bags and gloves will be available at the start line for those participants who would like to clean up the course along the way.

Prizes will be awarded for most trash picked up and for the strangest finds.

Beginning at Hansen’s Surf Shop in Encinitas, participants will have a choice between two 5K courses. Trash Dash North Course is Hansen’s to Swami’s, down to the sand, to Moonlight Beach and back to Hansen’s. Trash Dash South Course is Hansen’s to Swami’s, down to the sand, to Cardiff Reef and back to Hansen’s.

Register here: http://h2otrashpatrol.com/trash-dash-registration/

All money raised during the Trash Dash will benefit H2O Trash Patrol to further their cleanup efforts and support their mission to reduce marine debris through active removal and awareness education.

Best known for their waterway cleanups, H2O Trash Patrol focuses on marine conservation and water stewardship through marine debris removal, prevention, and education. Every other Saturday, H2O hosts cleanup events at various locations along the coast. A group of volunteers will dedicate a few hours of their Saturday to going out on standup paddleboards (no experience necessary) and skimming the waterway for trash and recyclables. New volunteers are always welcome.

For more information about the organization and upcoming events, visit their website at www.h2otrashpatrol.org

This Trash Dash 5K Series is hosted by H2O Trash Patrol and Movin’ Shoes Encinitas and funded in part by the city of Encinitas and the Mizel Family Foundation Community Grant Program. The organization is dedicated to raising awareness about marine debris and encouraging others to help us make our beaches safer and our ocean cleaner.

H2O Trash Patrol is a registered 501c3 nonprofit corporation that is currently funded by grants, donations and fee for service proceeds.

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