CLEVELAND — Have you ever heard of plogging?
It is a fitness craze that began in Sweden and spread to nearly every continent. Now, it’s coming to Cleveland.
It’s easy — jogging while picking up trash, combining the environment and exercise. The word is a combination of the Swedish phrase ‘plocka upp,’ meaning pick up, and jogging.
“We’re just hoping to make a spectacle out of it so people say, ‘Why are you doing this?’ and hopefully, ‘How can I get involved?’” said Allison Lukacsy-Love, one of the organizers of the newly-created Cleveland Plogs.
For now, they are focusing on the Collinwood neighborhood in Cleveland. Other “plogging” groups are popping up on the West Side as well. Lukacsy-Love said they are working with city leaders, council members, community and youth groups to get everyone involved.
“And to really say, trash is a problem that we should all be dealing with and here’s a sort of unique way to get involved and make the community better,” she said.
It ties into the viral #trashtag challenge that’s taking over social media as well, with groups of people who go out and clean up litter — then post photos of themselves with filled trash bags.
Cleveland Plogs first event is Wednesday at 6 p.m.
Those interested should meet in the Waterloo Arts District in Cleveland. There is a 2-mile route planned, and participants can walk, jog, or run at their own pace.
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