REX and IAN

Hey everyone! We’re two guys who met in New York City and recently moved to San Francisco. We started this blog as platform to share, discuss, and raise awareness about issues important to us.

Beach Cleanup with the Surfrider Foundation

Beach Cleanup with the Surfrider Foundation

One of our favorite runs in San Francisco starts from our apartment, winds through the forest trails of the Presidio, and ends on the magnificent Baker Beach. Baker Beach is stunning—it's a quintessential Northern California beach (read: cold and foggy) with incredible views of the Golden Gate Bridge. It's become a solid staple of our family-or-friends-visiting weekend itinerary. 

On a recent run, we noticed a significant amount of trash on Baker Beach. It was a little depressing to see a place so naturally beautiful be tainted by soda cans and plastic bags. After we got home from our run, we looked online to see if there were any organizations that help keep San Francisco's beaches clean, and came across the Surfrider Foundation.

The Surfrider Foundation was founded in 1984 and now has over 1,200 members in the Bay Area. These members are committed to the protection and enjoyment of oceans, wave, and beaches and every month, Surfrider hosts a few beach cleanups which are open to all volunteers. 

This past Sunday, we decided to join for a cleanup on Baker Beach and found it incredibly rewarding. Together, the group picked up over 100 pounds of trash! Check out Surfrider's schedule for beach cleanups below. If you aren't in San Francisco, you can see how they're involved in your community here or donate here

Ocean Beach Cleanups
First and third Sundays each month
10 a.m. – 12 p.m.
Stairwell 17
Baker Beach Cleanups
Last Sunday each month
10 a.m. – 12 p.m.
Picnic table near beach entrance

 

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Helping Homelessness Through Running with "Back on My Feet"

Helping Homelessness Through Running with "Back on My Feet"