The ‘clean’ running trend that blends athleticism with activism has arrived in the Chattanooga area


Allow us to introduce you to plogging.

Plogging started in Sweden as a combination of jogging and plocka upp, Swedish for "to pick up." Put simply, it involves doing some form of exercise -- often jogging, walking or running -- and picking up litter as you go. The trend began in 2016, and recently has gained a fair amount of traction. Terra Running Co., a speciality running-shoe store in Cleveland, Tennessee, has organized plogging events for local runners, and Tiffany Skinner, who works with the store's marketing and engagement, says the events have been pretty well received.

Their event in May of last year saw about 25 people and even saw some passers-by joining in along the way.

"I live here in Cleveland, and I run on the greenway, and you see trash all the time," says Skinner.