Posted: 25/03/2015 at 00:42
There are some trail races I run in national parks or forests and the RD explicitly says in his announcement at the start: no littering please. There was a field of 80 runners and at the end of the race he did a litter check of the course: not 1 piece of runner rubbish (including the gel tops). I thought that it showed not only respect to the countryside but to the RD themselves.
I tend to use bins available (even if not on the official course) or put it back in another pocket. Simples. My clothes are going in the wash anyway so a bit of gel gu wont make a difference.
Im going to make a complete generalisation here, and it may provoke people who disagree with me, but I think the type of people who enter trail races tend to take running and their running responsibilities slightly more seriously than average races through normal streets.
Add to this, I think people do feel more sense of guilt throwing rubbish in the middle of a forest than they do on a suburban street where they think 'Oh it will get cleaned up eventually anyway' ... so I think trail races inherently just wouldn't have this problem (certainly not to the extent more urban races would).