Treemendous Efforts

By Lindsey Last edited 136 months ago
Treemendous Efforts

We love a play on words at Londonist so we're delighted to tell you that the third Tree-athlon hits Battersea Park tomorrow.

Taking it's etymology from the triathlon but spinning it towards the event's beneficiaries - the trees - charity Trees for Cities will be raising money in a tripartite manner:

1. A 5k run for registered tree-athletes - sponsor/donate here

2. An urban "tree wish" for each registered runners printed on their bib

3. A fashion swap - go along with with a garment you hate and swap it for something someone else hates - recycling in action!

So it's a tad less taxing and probably a tad more fun than the traditional swimming, cycling and running affair.

Battersea Park will be alive with guest celebrities (Shazia Mirza has the starting gun and Guardian columnist, Sam Murphy, is doing the stretch and warm-up), guided tree walks, massages, wood sculptures, face painting and, of course, trees! We just don't think enough about the trees.

Warm up and stretch starts at 9.30am and the race goes off at 10.15. BBC Weather thinks it might be fine tomorrow so go along and support the runners, throw some cash at the trees (well, in collecting buckets) and support the greening renaissance - Trees for Cities is working towards another million London trees for 2012 and they're nearly halfway there.

Image of last year's leafy starting line courtesy of Trees for Cities.

Last Updated 14 September 2007