The Royal Cleanup of Oslo Marathon

In Norway there were approximately 200 groups of small teams cleaning all around the country, contributing to a better world. But there was more happening that day. As Oslo Marathon was held on the 15th of September, lots of volunteers of all ages took part in the World Cleanup Day in the form of plogging. […]

In Norway there were approximately 200 groups of small teams cleaning all around the country, contributing to a better world. But there was more happening that day. As Oslo Marathon was held on the 15th of September, lots of volunteers of all ages took part in the World Cleanup Day in the form of plogging. And several members of the Royal Family joined them!

Plogging – a new trend that is yet to be discovered by the larger masses – was one of the twists of Oslo Marathon 2018. Plogging is a Scandinavian trend that involves picking up trash while jogging. So, at 12 o’clock,150 volunteers, among them the crowned heads of Norway, started running and picking up the trash. You could even say it was “The Royal Cleanup of Oslo” Marathon.

Isn’t it a great example of how different fields of life can be connected? How staying healthy and taking care of our environment can be more similar to one another than it might seem at first glance? One of the initiators, Ana Frutuoso, who is also a member of Let’s Do It! knowledge team, was cleaning on a small bird island. “It is not allowed to go there in the summer months, yet we found fishing rods, part of a sofa, polystyrene, q-tips, plastic from explosives…,” she was amazed. That makes you think, what kind of trash is lying under our feet.

Ana was very happy with the day. 10 km plogging competition on behalf of the World Cleanup Day at the Oslo Marathon was an extraordinary experience. The participants picked up lots of trash, including single use cups, and the day was finished with a nice celebration.

 

Anna-Grete Juchnewitsch