Beginning in 2021 ORRC tried a new method of offering water at aid stations by going “cupless”. We didn’t actually get rid of cups, but requested participants bring their own “vessel” to carry water or receive water at aid stations. As part of this “cupless” effort ORRC purchased re-usable cups and sent them to every ORRC member, and provided them at the start of every race at registration check-in.
After 2 ½ years of implementing this policy we requested feedback from both participants and volunteers in an effort to gauge its success, and how it affected people’s experience at our races.
There was a lot of feedback in various forms (emails, Facebook comments, post-race surveys, and in-person interactions at races). After reviewing all of the comments, ORRC has decided to discontinue the “cupless” policy, but will continue to focus on being as eco-friendly as possible, while still ensuring a positive experience for all participants.
We will still give out re-usable cups as long as our supplies last, but will begin offering cups at aid stations for all of our road races. Please note the Hagg Mud 25K and 50K will remain “cupless” to keep the trails free from garbage.
We encourage all participants to bring their own water carrying vessels, and carpool to our events. ORRC cares about the environment, but also wants to provide a positive experience to all participants, and ensure their safety, especially in the warm, summer months.