This months #IRunMoore Ambassador was part of a state championship title in cross country at my high school, Quince Orchard. Alan Speicher has turned his love of running into helping save the environment. Not all heroes wear capes, sometimes they wear running shoes…

Like a lot of people, I like to get in my daily running fix. Unlike most people, while I’m running I like to pick up litter along my route. The Swedish call it Plogging (Ploka meaning to pick up combined with the word jogging) and I’ve been doing it for about the last 5 to 6 years. Since the beginning of 2017, with the occasional help from friends, I’ve picked up over 140,000 individual pieces of litter. All you need to give it a try are running shoes, a trash bag or bucket, and gloves. I typically use trash grabber stick/claw thing to protect my back as well.

Sometimes I’ll run what I call a “free solo” which is without trashbags and just run from trashcan to trashcan or recycle bin to recycle bin along my route. Plogging combines aspects of treasure hunting and exploring into an activity that benefits everyone in the community.

It’s also brilliant exercise.

Try it today.