Adults, teenagers and young kids – all set out from Petrera walking and running side by side for the same purpose: Walking and Running for Seeds. One more year Run For Seeds race was embraced by a great deal of adventurous trail runners setting out to concur the 21K mountaintops, while others preferred to enjoy the shorter but equally satisfying panoramic views of the 7K route. The smiles of groups of friends and families departing Petrera Permaculture Land said it all: Next year’s event will be an even brighter and greater gathering.

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So, what makes this race so different from others? Well, the fact that it’s not just a race.

Run for Seeds began with an idea: “Why don’t we let our community know that we need help building our Seed Bank?” Both years the race took place, the community embraced the event with great positivity! We committed that all profits from the race will go towards the support of Cyprus Seeds Savers’ mission of locating, multiplying and spreading traditional seed varieties, starting with the creation of a communal Seed Bank that will store and share heirloom seeds from all parts of the world. The work has already began with the support of the first year’s race (2018) by manufacturing missing parts from the earthdome structure and will continue during Spring 2019 with the plastering session. If you want to read more about the earth dome building, read here.

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What differentiates Run from Seeds from other running events is the emphasis we give on a more compassionate and environmentally respectful lifestyle. At Run for Seeds the participants are offered healthy plant-based food options, freshly prepared using seasonal and local ingredients, served in biodegradable tableware : When done with our plates, bowls, cutlery and cups we just throw them in our compost pile! Water served is always sourced from natural springs, avoiding at all cost plastic bottles. The running stations for the 21K also feature a cupless requirement, serving refreshments in the athlete’s own collapsible cups and refillable bottles.

Instead of giving out plastic participation awards, we decided to award our participants with something symbolic: we hand sawn fabric bags using recycled fabric placing inside of each one a pack of seasonal heirloom seeds. The athlete’s bib numbers were also handcrafted and printed on recycled fabric.

To top it all up the three winners of Run For Seeds 7K and 21K races, were awarded custom-made ceramic medals, specially handcrafted by our friend and Cyprus Seeds Savers’ member, Myrto Yiangou and her ceramic studio Peftasteri. For the rest, locally crafted gifts were generously offered by local producers such as handmade soaps and cosmetics, organic wine, homemade healthy food items, Cyprus honey, organic olive oil, organic tea blends as well as dinner and lunch packs from local chefs and restaurants.

Thank you for being part of Run For Seeds 2019, making the event so great and propelling our mission in Cyprus Seed Savers group. We look forward to seeing you in the next fun Run For Seeds 2020!

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