Donate your Old Running Shoes to Charity
If you had to guess, how many pairs of old running shoes do you own? It’s important to replace them every 400 miles or so (give or take 50). The natural pounding of running causes the cushioning to break down, increasing your chance for injury. Assuming you average 25 miles per week, you could go through at least 3 – 4 pairs per year. Other than the landfill, figuring out what to do with these old kicks can be tricky.
So how many do you own?
My wife sometimes points out the plethora of discarded running shoes I keep stored in the garage. Curious, I canvased the house yesterday to see how many I really had. I found 14, including the two I currently train in. Although I can’t train hard in the old ones anymore, they still have some life left. I recently discovered that there are several alternatives to just throwing them away. In fact, I can donate them to help someone locally who really needs it.
Martin Luther King Jr. Day Shoe Drive
In honor of Martin Luther King’s legacy, the Jacob Frey Campaign is hosting the “back on your feet” event. They will be helping our less fortunate neighbors get “back on their feet” by promoting health and physical fitness. Specifically, they will be collecting old running shoes and athletic gear, and donating them to local charities around the city.
Jacob is an attorney, former professional runner, and currently running for city council in the Ward 3 of Minneapolis. As the 2012 recipient of the Annual Martin Luther King Jr. Award, Jacob has worked tirelessly to achieve social justice and civil rights for Minneapolis residents. Through such a simple act as donating old running shoes, you can have the opportunity to promote a healthy lifestyle, and make a difference in someones life.
The event is at 7:00 p.m. tonight (January 21) at Chowgirls in NE Minneapolis. RSVP or just show up with your old shoes. There will be food, fun and a chance to talk with other Minneapolis runner types about the things that matter most.
Other Places to Donate Your Shoes
If you can’t make it to Chowgirls tonight, there are several other ways to donate your retired running shoes right here in Minneapolos. Here are a few;
- Soles4Soles is a national organization that collects shoes from a variety of sources, then donates them to people in need all over the world. They have a variety of drop off locations around the Twin Cities.
- Nike Reuse a Shoe, recycles shoes into several types of athletic playing surfaces. Most Nike stores have a collection bin.
- Run in and Recycle™is a shoe recycling program in partnership with the Recycling Association of Minnesota and REI. The shoes are collected at REI stores then sorted for reuse or recycling.
Before you drop your old shoes in the trash, consider one of the above options. It might just change someones life.