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Runners Clear The Air

Mad Marathon, a 1% for the Planet event, encourages participants to go carbon neutral through local, streamside tree plantings

Waitsfield, VT – This summer’s Mad Marathon, a 1% for the Planet event, in Vermont’s Mad River Valley is the first marathon in the nation to offer runners the option of defraying the carbon footprint of their travel through the nonprofit Clear Water Carbon Fund.

The race is described as the “the first marathon dedicated to sustainability” and will be held on July 7 in Waitsfield, Vermont.

The Clear Water Carbon Fund plants trees along deforested rivers and streams to reduce atmospheric carbon, protect clean water resources and create wildlife habitat. Mad Marathon runners can neutralize their travel emissions by purchasing trees to be planted and monitored by the Clear Water Carbon Fund.  The Fund, which was launched by the nonprofit Manomet Center for Conservation Sciences, has planted nearly 1,800 trees since its inception last year.

“We are very excited to work with a forward-thinking race like the Mad Marathon,” said Ethel Wilkerson, a Manomet Center scientist who coordinates the Fund. “They are focused on sustainability and reducing their environmental footprint. Planting trees in local watersheds is a great way to achieve both of those goals.”

This year, the Fund is planting Central Vermont as well as in the Northeast Kingdom.  In Maine, the Fund is reforesting areas near the Androscoggin River and Sebago Lake.

“We are so proud to have the 1% for the Planet New England nonprofit partner, Clean Water Carbon Fund, to be such an active participant in this event. Not only are they demonstrating what the do best, but they are also using this platform to raise money and awareness of their cause. It’s truly our model in action,” said Barbara Friedsam, Sr. Director of Marketing and New England.

Dori Ingalls, Mad Marathon Race Director explained, “The course highlights the beauty of Vermont’s fields, forests, and streams.  We can think of no better way to achieve our mission of sustainability then by planting trees to keep our air and water healthy and clean.”

For more information about the Clear Water Carbon Fund, contact Laury Saligman at, (802) 505-0582.

Students from Stockbridge Central School’s 3, 4, 5, and 6 grade reforest a functioning flood plain on Stony Brook, a tributary of the White River in central Vermont. Stony Brook is an important spawning stream for wild rainbow trout, native brook trout, and Atlantic salmon.


NorthWoods Stewardship Center staff plants a stream buffer along a tributary of the Pherrins River in Morgan, VT.  The Pherrins River flows into the Clyde River, which feeds Lake Memphermagog, an international body of water spanning the US and Canadian border.

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