Nuun’s Earth Day Sales Fund Planting in Seattle Forest

The West Duwamish Greenbelt, Seattle’s largest remaining forest, will soon be a little greener thanks to Nuun’s customers. Nuun dedicated to plant 10 trees and plants for each online sale from Earth Day, Tuesday, April 22, to the Nature Consortium’s Urban Forest Restoration Program.

“The planet is our playground, and it is our responsibility to leave it better than we found it,” says Nuun CEO Kevin Rutherford. “Trees and plants purify the air, regulate climate, harbor wildlife, and conserve the water we depend on to hydrate.”

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The greenbelt is located on the western slope of the Duwamish River, which is one of the most polluted rivers in the country. The West Duwamish Greenbelt is a vital resource for the wellness of the Pacific Northwest.

“As part of our restoration efforts, we are working to replant the forest with a diversity of native plants to compensate for the effects of logging, which occurred over 100 years ago, as well as the invasion of non-native weeds in the forest,” says Monica Thomas of the Nature Consortium.

As Thomas points out, the restoration program is about more than just trees.

“A healthy Pacific Northwest forest includes many layers – from the top of the tallest tree to the small succulent plants on the ground,” she says. “Nuun has partnered with us to install a diversity of native plants, including trees, shrubs, and groundcover species.”

Among the species that will be planted are Douglas fir, sword fern, evergreen huckleberry, vine maple, and fringe cup.

“This Earth Day program was our first such funding, but it definitely won’t be our last,” says Rutherford.

Team Spotlight: Wolfpack Triathlon Racing Team

Nuun sponsors a variety of teams: triathlon, running, cycling, volleyball, adventure racing, and more. The teams are made up of athletes who are just about as passionate about hydrating as they are about their sport. So you can get to know the teams that rely on Nuun, we have started a Team Spotlight blog series. Look for these posts every couple of weeks. Enjoy!

Team Name: Wolfpack Triathlon Racing Team
Location: Miami, FL
Favorite Nuun Flavor: There isn’t one we don’t like, but the ones with caffeine are the best!
Number of members: 14

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The Wolfpack Triathlon Racing Team is a passionate group of South Florida athletes who have formed a pack to help one another achieve greatness in the sport of triathlon.  Like a pack of wolves, this team lives for the thrill of the hunt, always hunting before dawn, methodically stalking down their goals against the light of the moon, and howling with their packmates after another personal best is chased down.

Because a lone wolf is never as successful as a wolf that hunts in a pack, this Wolfpack hunts together to ensure the mutual success of their packmates.  Whether it’s a heart-pounding high-speed tempo training run, a quad-burning hammerfest on the bike, or a lung-bursting pool session, the Wolfpack is dedicated to giving their all, each and every time they train, for their own benefit and for the benefit of the pack.

We hunt joy.
We hunt success.
We hunt competition.
We hunt personal bests.
We hunt achievements.
We hunt excitement.
We hunt passion.
We hunt memories.
We hunt for ourselves and we hunt for each other.
We are the Wolfpack.

​When not training, a wolf can be spotted in its natural habitat – in a race or on the podium, enjoying the spoils of another successful hunt.  If you spot one of us, give us a friendly howl to let us know that you appreciate the thrill of the hunt as much as we do!

Why does the team use Nuun?
Working out in the heat and humidity of Miami is challenging. So we know how important hydration is. However, we avoid products that contain excessive amounts of sugar and artificial ingredients. With Nuun you are drinking enhanced water. So your body gets exactly what it needs to perform at a high level without the extra calories.

What cool stuff is the team up to this year?
Our big events this year include Ironman Frankfurt (European Championships), the USAT National Championships, the ITU World Championships and the 70.3 World Championships. We will have a minimum of 2 team members representing the Wolfpack at all of these events.

As much as we like to race, we also like to give back. On April 6, 2014, one of our athletes Cristina Ramirez became the able body for Kerry Gruson. We supported Cristina and Kerry throughout their journey, just like any pack would do. See the video here.

Connect with Wolfpack:
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Kara Goucher Joins the Nuun Team

Most people know Kara as a two-time Olympian and perhaps the most influential runner in the US. But at Nuun, we know her as much more than that.  Kara is a mom, a wife, an advocate of health, and she shares the same mission that we do here at Hydration Headquarters; to work hard to continue to be the best that you can be.

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Our partnership with Kara has been a long time coming, and we’re ecstatic to announce to the world that she’s now officially part of the Nuun family! As Kara continues to strive for athletic excellence, we’re looking forward to both keeping her hydrated and being her biggest cheerleaders along the way.

To welcome Kara to #teamnuun we’ll be doing an exclusive signing with her in the Nuun Booth (Booth #2019) this Sunday, April 20th at 11:00am-12:00pm at the Boston Marathon expo located in the John B. Hynes Convention Center.

Post Boston stay tuned for more opportunities to get to know our favorite runner, both online and in person!

Solo Challenge, Family Fun at Nike Women’s Half Marathon: Q & A with Cristina Goyanes

Cristina Goyanes will be part of the Nuun team at the Nike Women’s Half Marathon in Washington, D.C. on April 27. A freelance editor and writer for publications such as Women’s Health, Self, and Shape, New York City resident Goyanes will run her first half marathon that day; her parents, who’ll be celebrating their 40th anniversary that day, will be there to cheer her on. Nuun is the official electrolyte sponsor of the Nike Women’s half marathon and marathon series.

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What’s your motivation to do this half marathon compared to the many other ones you could do?

I never dreamed of running a half. I’m a cyclist—riding my bike for long distances is my passion. Running is something I did as part of a triathlon back when I was into multisport racing between 2005 to 2009. I haven’t done a competitive run since then, nor have I raced farther than 10K in my life.

What made me change my mind about running this year is that I took off all winter from all sports, with the exception of a Bikram yoga class here and there. After being holed up in my tiny apartment throughout the seemingly endless polar vortex, I felt desperate to get back in shape. So when the opportunity came up to do the Nike Women’s Half, I saw it as a great excuse to get the fitness ball rolling, especially since the weather was still too cold and windy to go out for bike rides.

As for choosing this particular race, I know the environment will be welcoming and full of energy and fun. I know it won’t be intimidating, but quite the opposite, which is what I need to gently ease myself  into the world of endurance running. Also, I’m really excited to receive my Tiffany’s necklace from a handsome man at the finish line.

Given that women now make up more than 60% of half marathon fields, what’s your take on the role of women-only races in 2014?

I love them! My first triathlon, in 2005, was the women-only Danskin sprint at Sandy Hook in New Jersey. My first multiday cycling trip, in October 2012, was the mostly-women Tour de Pink, a three-day, 200-mile ride for breast cancer. I think whenever women are venturing into something new and scary, it’s really wonderful to have this strong, supportive community to help guide you through it.

That’s not to say men aren’t supportive, but female energy is so different. It’s welcoming, compassionate, encouraging, empowering and more. I can’t tell you how many times I heard “You go, girl!” or “Looking good, looking good!” from strangers and fellow participants on each course. When you add men to the mix, it changes things—makes it more competitive and about the individual more than the group. If more women-only races mean that more women will sign up to challenge themselves physically and mentally, then I think it’s brilliant.

What has been most enjoyable in your ramp-up from no running to being ready to run a half? What’s been most challenging?

I’m surprised how much I look forward to my runs. I don’t really enjoy them in the moment, because they are hard, but the before- and after-run feelings are pretty addictive. I actually think I’ll miss running three times a week after the half. I might have to sign up for another half just to give myself the excuse to keep going.

The hardest part has been getting my body to settle into the movement. Endurance isn’t my issue as much as the actual motion of running and how uncomfortable it feels. My lungs and heart have always been able to go the distance. It’s everything else, like my feet, hips and knees, that have made it harder. I wouldn’t say that I’m running in pain, but definitely discomfort.

Why will this be the first race in a decade your family will be at? Anything special planned to mark the occasion?

To my parents and friends, my adventures are ongoing and nothing special. So when I say to them, I’m biking from San Francisco to Los Angeles, as I did last June, my parents’ general attitude is, “OK, just be careful.” They are so desensitized to my crazy antics because there have been so many.

This time, I think it’s different because the race falls on their 40th wedding anniversary. When I realized the dates coincided, I told them that I would drop out of the race to be able to spend the day with them. But then they surprised me by offering to come down (they live in Queens, New York) with me and celebrate after my run. I was so touched. It made me want to work harder to really make it worthwhile for me. The pressure is on!

Of the four types of Nuun tablets now available, what’s your favorite, and why?

I couldn’t tell you which flavor I like best—they are all so good. I prefer the non-caffeinated ones.