Atayne 360 - July 2009

Get out and Play!

"We don't stop playing because we grow old; we grow old because we stop playing."
-George Bernard Shaw

We also can grow unhealthy and lose our connection to nature. Here at Camp Atayne, we're big supporters of play.  Whether it is running, cycling, swimming, yoga, climbing, skipping, or hopscotching, we are all about getting off the couch and getting outside.   That is why we love the Vallon Institute's Get Outside (GO) initiative. 

go urban, vallon instituteThe program is aimed at providing access to a more active lifestyle through urban adventure.  The cornerstone of it all is an event (GO Urban) that combines friendly competition, problem solving, teamwork, and urban adventure.  Translation: a pretty cool day of play.  Better yet, proceeds from the event supports Vallon's work in finding solutions for the root causes of unhealthy and unsustainable living.

The event series kicks off August 1 in Washington DC and visits 12 more cities through the summer of 2010.  To register for the DC event or to find another event in your city, click here.

Monthly Enviro Tip

While climate change gets a considerable amount of attention (as it should), there are many other environmental problems that get stuck in the shadows.  One of them that we are pretty passionate about is trash.  Since most of us live in a society where we can very conveniently put it on the curb and send our trash "away", it does not get much attention.  Not only are we throwing away a tremendous amount of usable material, we are also burying toxic matter that leeches into our ground and waterways.

With the recent revelation of health concerns about BPA, we found ourselves with many unusable BPA laden water bottles.  If you are in the same boat, don't trash them!  Buy a cap and turn it into a lantern.  We like the LightCap 300 and the Firefly.

Getting Trashy in Capital

trash runnersIn our mission to take over the world through trash running, we have stormed into the nation's capital!  Meet the DC Trash Runners.  We hope all our DC area friends will join in the fun.  And please remember, trash running is not only about running.  It is about combining fresh air, litter collection, and physical activity.  You can walk, jog, bike, skip, hop, or cartwheel; we just ask that you pick up some trash while you are doing it.

For all our Chicagoland friends, don't forget to check out the Chicago Trash Runners.  They are already making a big splash with trash runs along the Lakefront Path and at Washington Park.  They even got a nice feature in New City Magazine!

Can You Have Vision Without Eyesight?

Eric WeihenmayerImagine being in the elite group of athletes (fewer than 100) who have climbed the Seven Summits, the highest mountains on each continent.  Now imagine that you accomplished that feat blindfolded.  That is essentially what Erik Weihenmayer did.  But Erik did not have the luxury of taking off his blindfold after each treacherous climb.  Erik was born with a disease called retinoschisis and by the time he was 13, he was completely blind. 

To say his lack of eyesight did not slow him down is an understatement.  In addition to his amazing Seven Summits feat, Erik is an acrobatic skydiver, long distance biker, marathon runner, skier, mountaineer, ice climber, and rock climber. Thank you Erik for reminding us "one does not have to have perfect eyesight to have extraordinary vision."

Where in the World is Atayne?

Alan J.jpgIt's the state of horses, bourbon, and our friend Alan J.  It's also known as Kentucky.  Alan shared with us these pictures and this story from an Earth Day trash run through the trails of Frankfort, KY.

"To make a long story short within the first 20 minutes and probably less than a mile, I filled the first bag to overflowing and had to bail to the parking lot to stash it for later retrieval.  In the next 30 minutes and maybe two miles, I easily filled the second bag as well as picked up a couple of items that wouldn't fit within its confines...The question I asked myself today was is trash so prevalent that I don't think about it anymore?  Do I assume someone else will pick it up?  Alan J Trash Run.jpgCan I motivate others to trash run? I see clearly now that the task before me is large but easily manageable... I can already envision a trash free trail running experience by the end of summer.  Thanks Atayne for opening my eyes to the joy of trash!"

Thank you Alan for supporting the cause and helping to keep the Kentucky trails clean for everyone to enjoy.

In the News and On Our Fridge

Beach to Beacon will Feature an Atayne Trash Run!

Green Goods             

Garbage Run: Picking up the trash in Washington Park

Liberty Sports Magazine Atayne Review
A Dad's day out with Mother Nature          

A Little Test Drive

We thought we would try out a new segment in Atayne 360.  Not only do we think it will be fun, but it will reward our die-hard readers who made it this far.  If the response is good, we will make it a permanent fixture; if not, we may have to pull the plug. 

It's a (we hope) quick, fun game we call, It's a Little Known Fact*, and it works like this. 

1) We ask an obscure trivia question related to Atayne. 

2) You send us the correct answer and get entered into a drawing for a $25 gift certificate.

All answers can be found on our website, blog, Facebook page, or in past issues of our newsletter.  Now, onto this month's question.

"What song does Atayne's founder Jeremy think is a good way to 'motivate' the team?"

To be eligible, your answer must be received by Friday, July 31. Email your answer to

*Yes, the title is absolutely inspired by Cliff Clavin, the "bar know-it-all" at Cheers.

Until Next Month, Keep it Clean,

The Atayners