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Run to Plant Trees


Run to Plant Trees is a cause and a call for climate action created by Baiba Šustere, the founder and creator of Yoga-B, an avid runner and nature lover, who is based in Galway, Ireland.
On November 11, 2018, Baiba ran her first marathon - the Athens Authentic Marathon - and it was for her an absolutely exhilarating yet eye opening experience. During the summer of 2018, a part of the Athens Marathon course had devastating wildfires which resulted in lost lives, destruction of property, and large decimated forest areas.
To show support for this tragedy the organisers of the Athens Authentic Marathon launched "Runners' Forest", an initiative seeking to plant trees over a 4 km stretch along the decimated marathon course. Before the race each participant received a green bandana that read "Runner's Forest" both in Greek and English, and runners were asked to put the bandanas on to show their support for the cause.
Throughout the Athens Marathon Baiba couldn't stop thinking about the devastating situation that the whole world is in, and the urgency needed to address climate crisis. “Our house is on fire" to quote Greta Thunberg; and so Baiba's first marathon sparked an idea for an initiative to Run to Plant Trees.

Run to Plant Trees is a year long fundraiser during which Baiba will run 2 half marathons, 3 marathons and 1 ultra marathon, altogether 232 km. The aim is to raise enough funds to plant 10 trees for each km ran during these 6 races, equaling to 2320 trees.
With this Baiba hopes to bring a bit more awareness to the current climate crises, plant some trees and encourage each of you to do something you thought you will never achieve.

To plant trees Baiba will be working closely with Hometree charity (RCN 20100995), which is based on the Atlantic coast of Ireland in Co. Clare.
Run to Plant Trees will begin with the Connemara Marathon on Sunday, April 14, 2019, and will finish the Connemara Ultra Marathon in April, 2020. Further details to be announced throughout the year. 

All funds raised (excluding race entry fees) during this project will be donated to Hometree charity to plant native Irish trees - willow, birch, oak - on the West Coast of Ireland.
All those who support will also have an opportunity to come along to a special Tree Planting day in April, 2020, together with Hometree and Baiba, to breathe some fresh air and plant some trees.

Follow this project on Instagram: @runtoplanttrees
For collaborations, questions or support get in touch: [email protected]

Let's run and plant some trees!

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19-04-2019

Ellen Kelly

Let’s plant more trees!!!

19-04-2019

Martina Carroll

What a brilliant idea and cause. Best of luck!

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17-04-2019

Malachy

Great idea, best of luck with it Baiba!

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17-04-2019

Annie

Well done Baiba!

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15-04-2019

Myrunspiration

Love the initiative- happy running 💥

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15-04-2019

Jackie Leddy

Baiba you are amazing! What a deadly thing to do 🙌🏻🙌🏻🙌🏻🌲🌲🌲🌲🌲🌲🌲🌲🌲🌲🌲🌲🌲🌲🌲🌲🌲🌲🌲🌲🌲🌲🌲🌲🌲🌲🌲🌲🌲🌲🌲🌲🌲🌲🌲🌲🌲🌲🌲🌲🌲🌲🌲🌲🌲🌲🌲🌲🌲

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Status updated: 24th Apr, 2019

Last tree planting day this season, join Moy hill community farm this Saturday, April 27.

I will be there, will you?

If you are heading there from Galway, please let me know, would love to share a ride.

Let’s plant some trees this Saturday! 👣🌳

Status updated: 22nd Apr, 2019

Happy Earth day all! 👣🌳🖤
Love this planet and treat it kindly, there is no planet B. Be kind, compassionate and loving towards it.

Go out in the nature today and listen to it’s song!

Photo taken in the most densely forested country in Europe - Finland. Let’s plant some trees and make Ireland as green.

Support Run to Plant Trees: https://www.ifundraise.ie/4646_run-to-plant-trees.html
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Run to Plant Trees is working closely together with Hometree charity to reforest the West Coast of Ireland with native Irish trees.

Status updated: 20th Apr, 2019

The reason why I picked long distance running is pretty easy, no matter your time as long as you finish everyone gets exactly the same medal. Every single runner is seen as equal, doesn’t matter whether you came first, last or somewhere in the middle, everyone gets the same medal. I think it’s truly beautiful.

In between runners there is a deep respect to each other for taking up half, full or ultra, and the fact that you finished the distance is achievement itself no matter the time.
I truly think that during a long distance running you can see the true human nature, resilience, persistence, strength, encouragement, kindness and joy.
Looking forward to the next race! 🌳👣
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While on the bus to the start line of Connemarathon full marathon I met this lovely lady, she had finished Connemara ultra marathon before and had done marathon few times before, we talked and I mentioned that I hope to finish the ultra next year, and immediately she wished best of luck and gave out few tips that also helped during the full distance.
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Run to Plant Trees is working closely together with Hometree charity to reforest the West Coast of Ireland with native Irish trees.

#runtoplanttrees

Status updated: 18th Apr, 2019

The amazing people behind Hometree charity - Moy hill community farm - shared my story and initiative. Read more below and join on APRIL 27 for a tree planting day. Hope to see some of you there. 👣🌳

P.S. If you are going from Galway, let me know, would love to share a ride.

Status updated: 17th Apr, 2019

I want to say a MASSIVE THANK YOU to the amazing supporters so far. Together we have already planted 100 trees. I have been completely blown away by your support and encouragement.
Thank you.
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You might be wondering why all this hassle for trees. Well, first, there is a certain beauty knowing that when you and I are long gone, these trees will still be standing tall.
Secondly, there are many reasons why we need more trees, not least of which is that they absorb not only the carbon dioxide that we exhale, but also the heat-trapping greenhouse gases that human activities emit.
According to @natgeo “the paths to halting global temperature increases of 1.5 or 2 degrees C, the two goals outlined by the IPCC, rely in some way on adopting methods of sucking CO2 from the sky. Those include planting trees, conserving existing forests and grasslands, and capturing CO2 from power plants and factories.”

Let’s run and plant some trees! 👣🌳
Support and share: https://www.ifundraise.ie/4646_run-to-plant-trees.html
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@runtoplanttrees is working closely together with Hometree charity - @moyhillfarm - to reforest the West Coast of Ireland with native Irish trees.

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Hometree Unnamed Road County Clare Ireland, Lahinch, Clare, IRELAND