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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!



louise coyle

Good luck with your endeavor!



Happy running :)


Wild Woman Strong

What a wonderful cause Baiba! Thank you for allowing me to contribute to something so special


Jillian O'Malley

Ádh mór ort, a Baiba x



Treise leat!


Rebecca Anne Barr

In awe.


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Status updated: 19th Aug, 2019

Here is a nice list of running clubs in #Galway, thank you Call of The Wild Galway for sharing.

Have a productive Monday! 👣🌳

Status updated: 19th Aug, 2019

Less screen time, more tree time! 👣🌳

Back from @48hourchallenge feeling refreshed and rested. Spent this rainy weekend running, reading, baking, walking, getting soaked in the rain, and swimming.

Few weeks ago I read a fascinating post by @thenaturallifestylist that:
“The average urbanite spends 90% of their life indoors, removed and disconnected from nature - so much time, in fact, that the modern urbanites have been labelled as ‘indoor generation’. This is actually quite shocking to read. But when you actually think that there are 24 hours in one day, and 10% of those 24 hours is 2 h 24 min, you soon start to make more if a connection to it.”

It has been echoing in my mind every day. It’s scary to think that we spend so much time in artificial environments and so little out in the nature.

So I encourage you to swap your screen time for nature time, and watch how your overall wellbeing thrives.

How many hours do you spend every day outside, under the sky, between the trees listening to wind?

That’s probably one of the reasons why I love running so much, it’s an opportunity to be outside and make my heart beat faster. 🖤

Status updated: 16th Aug, 2019

“𝘛𝘳𝘦𝘦𝘴 𝘭𝘪𝘷𝘦 𝘵𝘩𝘦𝘪𝘳 𝘭𝘪𝘷𝘦𝘴 𝘪𝘯 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘳𝘦𝘢𝘭𝘭𝘺 𝘴𝘭𝘰𝘸 𝘭𝘢𝘯𝘦, 𝘦𝘷𝘦𝘯 𝘸𝘩𝘦𝘯 𝘵𝘩𝘦𝘺 𝘢𝘳𝘦 𝘪𝘯 𝘥𝘢𝘯𝘨𝘦𝘳. 𝘉𝘶𝘵 𝘵𝘩𝘪𝘴 𝘴𝘭𝘰𝘸 𝘵𝘦𝘮𝘱𝘰 𝘥𝘰𝘦𝘴𝘯’𝘵 𝘮𝘦𝘢𝘯 𝘵𝘩𝘢𝘵 𝘢 𝘵𝘳𝘦𝘦 𝘪𝘴 𝘯𝘰𝘵 𝘰𝘯 𝘵𝘰𝘱 𝘰𝘧 𝘸𝘩𝘢𝘵 𝘪𝘴 𝘩𝘢𝘱𝘱𝘦𝘯𝘪𝘯𝘨 𝘪𝘯 𝘥𝘪𝘧𝘧𝘦𝘳𝘦𝘯𝘵 𝘱𝘢𝘳𝘵𝘴 𝘰𝘧 𝘪𝘵𝘴 𝘴𝘵𝘳𝘶𝘤𝘵𝘶𝘳𝘦.” - 𝘗𝘦𝘵𝘦𝘳 𝘞𝘰𝘩𝘭𝘭𝘦𝘣𝘦𝘯⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣
🌬Slow down, take a breath and slow down.⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣
It’s been nearly two years since I went on my first 10-day Vipassana meditation course, and I hope to do another one next spring. Ten days of silence, no eye contact, no phone or other means of communication gave me a lot. And ever since I have been turning my phone off for few days, weeks or even just few hours, slowing the pace of my life. I think we can learn here a lot from trees.⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣
🍃These birch trees were particularly familiar for me and I snapped a photo just minutes before leaving Vipassana centre in Sweden, just when I got my phone back, to keep it as a memento. I walked this path over ten days few hundreds of times, whenever there was a break from ten hours of meditating each day I would be there; listening to birch trees in the wind, distant sound of birds migrating to warmer lands, bare roots, and my footsteps moving just above the fallen leaves.⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣
🍂 Here are few tips on how you can slow down:⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣
- turn off all the notifications on your phone;⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣
- pick phone up only with a task in mind;⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣
- switch to a flight mode during meal times, enjoy your food, love it and taste it;⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣
- ban your phone from bedroom, get an old fashioned alarm clock;⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣
- look at @48hourchallenge created by @venetiafalconer and @maxlamanna ⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣
I will be switching my phone off for the weekend. And I will be enjoying my time running, enjoying waves of the Atlantic, reading about running, and baking apple pie, because it feels like autumn here.⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣
Take a breath, learn from trees, and slow down. 🖤⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣
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Run to Plant Trees is working together with Hometree charity to reforest the West Coast of Ireland with native Irish trees.

Status updated: 15th Aug, 2019

Last Sunday I had my first run with a running club - Galway Bay Brewery Running Club - and it was great! Nice to meet so many people that are enthusiastic and passionate about running, exchange previous race experiences or share upcoming races. As sometimes running, particularly long distance running can feel quite lonely.
So I highly recommend to try it, @galwaybaybreweryrunningclub atmosphere is really relaxed and you can run by yourself or have a chat while you run, set your own pace and run.

I will be joining them again on Monday, August 19, for a 5 km run from @oslobarsalthill will you be coming along? 🌳👣 @ Galway, Ireland

Status updated: 13th Aug, 2019

Over the last year I have ran quite a few races, and I have always admired volunteers and race marshals, as more often than not they would get soaked while standing there and making sure that the race course is safe for runners, or to pass water and food to the runners while always enthusiastically cheering on. During this year’s Connemarathon I had particular admiration for all the dedicated volunteers, it was absolutely miserable and cold out there, yet there wasn’t one person who wouldn’t cheer you on as you ran pass them.

Hence once I saw that @galwaycityharriers are looking for volunteers for Galway Streets 8 km run, I signed up immediately. To receive, you have to give.

It was such an amazing experience! It was a pleasure to cheer on everyone as they passed, especially when the rain started.

A simple “well done” goes a long way when you have given it all you got.

Thank you. And definitely will be going backstage of the race more often, it’s a rewarding experience. 🌳👣
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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. Support:

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