The Birth of Tyre Girl
In 2006, I began training for a Polar expedition and needed an incentive to train with a tyre. Pulling a tyre in a marathon seemed to be the most obvious solution, so I booked into the Singapore marathon (Dec 2006), after only ever having run about 5 miles as my longest distance.
Due to the quirky nature of a gal pulling a tyre in a marathon, I thought I could at the very least make people more aware of the impact they were making on their society so I began a subtle campaign to highlight the amount of trash we produce. In 2007, I got into the New York marathon and my trusty tyre Ted came along with me. Then in 2008 I attempted to drag 2 tyres in the Singapore marathon. The humidity and heat nearly finished me off!
Unperturbed by it all, 2009 I dragged a tyre in the London marathon and thought that would be the last time I would drag a tyre in any marathon. Dragging a tyre is tough and I suffered injuries after each marathon. Many people told me it was because I was runnng too much or it was my shoes or the tyre was putting a lot of stress on my body. Too many people listen to marketing spiel or limit themselves. After some research, in September 2009 I went on a course to learn about running techniques, movement and postural alignment in a Pose running course.
On the 27th Dec 2009, I completed an ultra marathon in sandals (to prove it was not the shoes) in 10:10:10 - a number of such a big significance that I decided to enter 10 marathons in 2010 dragging my tyre........and thus the birth of tyregirl. Having completed a multitude of long distance events with a tyre, and egged on by some lady in her 70s who had completed over 180 marathons, proudly wearing her "100 marathon club" t-shirt, a new quest arose.....100 marathons dragging a tyre by 2020. My trials and tribulations can be read about on "The Adventures of Tyre Girl" or if you want to just simply know about the tyres that have been on marathons you can read about them on the "About Tyres" page.
If you want to support and sponsor me, I am raising funds for:
EarthWatch, a charity that has projects around the world that studies the impact of us on our world and thus the sustainability of our resources in forests and in oceans. If you want to donate to this charity, you can do so via www.justgiving.com/tyregirl
ACRES, a Singaporean charity that rescues and campaigns for animal welfare. If you want to donate to this charity, you can do so via giving
Otherwise, pledge to reduce your consumption to reduce your waste. Consciously buy goods that has none or less packaging or at the very least packaging that can be reused or recycled. The health of our world is in our hands. Have added links that I think are useful to help us reuse "stuff" in "Earth Did you know?"
There is always something we can do to change our world......
On the Day Funds Raised For Other Charities
A quick record of funds raised for other charities other than the main EarthWatch charity am supporting. Most of these are from on-the-day monies raised.
Why Drag a Tyre?
...Because I have a challenge to complete 100 marathon/ultra marathons by 2020.
At the same time I can promote something I believe in: Reduce your trash by Reusing stuff, Repairing stuff and Refusing single use plastics. Recycle as a last resort. Plastics make up a large proportion of our trash and yet has a low recycling rate in most countries. Most plastics are petroleum derivatives.
So why should you care? We cannot sustain our current "locust style" of consumption with having a disposable attitude and expect governments to handle our trash. To maintain this disposable attitude is stupid, irresponsible and reckless.
Many "natural disasters" appear to be caused by us, e.g. air pollution such as haze in South East Asia through the burning of rain forests to make way for palm oil.
The rain forests and oceans directly support oxygen production, water production and biodiversity. Biodiversity that intrigues us and can heal us.
The root of many of our "natural disaster" problems is mankind's continual destruction of our natural world to make way for farming and industries. Without mankind this world would flourish. We do not need to continue on our current path of destruction, as we have technology that can make this world flourish starting from the simple message of Reduce by Reusing (give it away), Repairing and Refusing (see here: http://www.tyregirl.com/earth-did-you-know.html) Recycle as a last resort.
Our economic model needs to change to force us to be more sustainable but rather than be forced, let us change our ways.
It is time societies grew up and changed their current comfortable lives of excess and convenience in exchange for reducing our consumption. Do we really need to purchase "things" we will rarely use just for variety sake or single use plastic for its convenience? Over shop on food just to throw it out at the end of the week because we are too lazy to try to include shopping trips within our week? Reuse - being frugal should be hip and second hand items should not carry a stigma - check out freecycle and freegle. If it looks broken, learn about repairing stuff; Recycle into recycle bins last when there is absolutely no more use. By doing this as a last resort we reduce the energy used to process and re-purpose.
Reduction in consumption should be a priority and using technologies that in the long term will reduce our impact on our environment, needs to be incentised.
When we have learned to put these into practice we can begin to live in peace and harmony with our environment. I often wonder how many diseases (like cancer/eczema/asthma) can be reduced if we reduce the toxins we introduce into our own environment.
As Michael Jackson sang: "If you want to make this world a better place, take a look at yourself and make a change"
So....DON'T WAIT.....BE THE CHANGE! Be frugal, be cool!
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Some StatisticsMost hits: Dec 2012: 53822
Ave for last 3 months: 20000 hits/mth
Website started in June 2010
Marathons/Ultras successfully completed with tyre: 47
Total Distance = 1365.2 miles
DNF Marathons with tyre: 2 (Arrowhead Ultra at 60 miles in 2012 and 37.5 miles in 2014) + 1 25 miler
Total Distance = 1487.7 miles