Thousands Expected to Celebrate Earth Day at Clean Air Council's Run for Clean Air presented by Toyota Hybrids - a Certified Green Run and Many More Fun Activities

Apr 13, 2015, 14:55 ET from Clean Air Council

PHILADELPHIA, April 13, 2015 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Over the past 34 years more than 50,000 people have celebrated Earth Day by participating in the Clean Air Council's Run for Clean Air presented by Toyota Hybrids - the largest celebration of its kind in the Greater Philadelphia area. Held on a beautiful spring morning, the Run supports the Council's mission to protecting everyone's right to breathe clean air.

"Clean Air Council is thrilled that so many people chose to celebrate Earth Day with us," said the Council's Executive Director, Joseph Otis Minott, Esq.  "I'm also extremely proud of the steps the Council takes to make this event the greenest of its kind.  Many of our sponsors, like Toyota Hybrids, provide critical support to make that happen."

"Toyota and the Tri-State Toyota Dealers are very proud to be the Presenting Sponsor for the 34th annual Run for Clean Air.  With Toyota's alternative fuel leadership and ongoing commitment to the development of vehicles that help reduce carbon emissions, our support of the Clean Air Council and this year's Run for Clean Air is a perfect match for us," said Paul Muller, President of the Tri-State Toyota Dealers Association.  "Toyota is committed to helping play a role in delivering cleaner air and environmental sustainability to our customers.  With a portfolio of seven Toyota hybrid models (soon to be eight), we are the leader in hybrid vehicles and have a selection of hybrid car and SUV models to fit our customers' diversified needs – including the newest edition to our hybrid line-up, the RAV4 hybrid, which will be available this fall," Muller added.

The Run for Clean Air Presented by Toyota Hybrids has something for everyone to enjoy!

  • 5K Run: A flat, fast, scenic course along MLK Drive
  • NEW 10K Run Presented by Philadelphia Insurance Companies: A new and exciting longer distance Run
  • 3K Walk: A fun and spirited stroll to celebrate Earth Day
  • MOM's Organic Market Kids Fun Run: A 1/2 mile fun run for ages 6 - 12 and 250 yard dash for ages 5 & under

As one of the greenest races in the country, the Run for Clean Air has been certified as a green run by AFitPlanet. The Council implements dozens of sustainable practices, including Toyota hybrid pace cars, paperless online registration, solar powered generators, recycling and composting of almost all of waste, bicycle valet, seed-paper run bibs, reusable race bags, medals made from recycled material, and tech shirts made from 100% recycled material and environmental education exhibits.

Not only is the Run for Clean Air green, it is fun! Highlights include

  • Eco-friendly race swag like an Earth Day sweatband for runners and solar powered pedometer for walkers
  • Pre-run yoga stretch
  • Sustainably-brewed beer from Victory Brewing Company for all finishers 21 & +
  • Sweet and savory vegetarian sandwiches from SOOM Foods
  • GrandyOats granola and organic fruit to re-fuel post-race
  • Post-race massages from Phila Massages
  • Commemorative photo booth fun to memorialize your race

The Run for Clean Air presented by Toyota Hybrids is truly a family event. All post-race activities are free and open to the public. Kid specific fun includes:

  • 25' Rock climbing wall
  • Make and take Earth Day planting activity from Camden Children's Garden
  • The Garden State Discovery Museum Giant Bubble Apparatus
  • SEPTA's famous "Bus Toss" game

Toyota Hybrids proudly sponsors the Run for Clean Air, Philadelphia's largest Earth Day Celebration. See the full lineup of Toyota Hybrids at the Run for Clean Air. The Run for Clean Air also partners with Philadelphia Insurance Companies – the sponsor of the new 10K race, MOM's Organic Market – the Kids' Fun Run sponsor, PECO Smart Ideas, SEPTA, PGW EnergySense, Air Quality Partnership, Johnson Matthey, Montgomery McCracken Walker & Rhoads LLP, Amtrak, Athleta, CBS Radio, and Zipcar.

WHEN:  Saturday, April 18, 8:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
10K starts at 8:30 a.m., 5K and Walk start at 9:00 a.m. 
Earth Day Celebration starts at 10:00 a.m.
Kids' Fun Run starts at 10:30 a.m.
Award Ceremony starts at 10:45 a.m.

WHERE:  Staging area and Earth Day Celebration: Philadelphia Museum of Art
Race course: Out and back on MLK Drive, Start/Finish in front of the Philadelphia Museum of Art

VISUALS:  2,000 runners and walkers of all ages, environmental education exhibits, 25' rock climbing wall, giant bubble activity, tomato planting activity, solar powered generator, wrapped hybrid pace cars, wrapped SEPTA hybrid bus, runners in Earth Day costumes, beer garden at the base of Art Museum steps.

About Clean Air Council: Clean Air Council is a member- supported, non-profit environmental organization dedicated to protecting everyone's right to breathe clean air. For more information visit For more information on the Run for Clean Air visit

Contact: Katie Edwards
(215) 567-4004 ext. 102

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SOURCE Clean Air Council