We are proud to receive Silver Certification in our inaugural year of the Runner’s World Half Marathon and Running Festival. It’s important to reduce the environmental impact of road races, bringing runners together to celebrate our sport in a way that is as sustainable as possible. Our staff and our partners hope to become even greener at the next Runner’s World Half in October.
So said David Willey, SVP/Editor-in-Chief of Runner’s World, published by Rodale Inc.
To be sure, David and the Runner’s World team have a lot to be proud of. They are just the second first-time event to earn certification from the Council. As I said in the press release:
Organizing a first-time running festival, including 5K, 10K, half marathon and kid’s races is a huge challenge in itself. To add the significant challenge of producing the events in a socially and responsible manner, and documenting the effort is truly remarkable.
A complete copy of the press release is available for download in PDF format here.
As managers of the largest urban park in the country, sustainability is at the core of everything we do. This was an incredible opportunity for Shelby Farms Park Conservancy to implement international best practices, to set new and innovative standards for future events and to serve as sustainability leaders in our community.
So says Laura Adams, Executive Director of Shelby Farms Park Conservancy (SFPC) in Memphis, Tennessee.
The result: Nearly 95% of post-race survey respondents said they noticed event organizer’s sustainability initiatives. SFPC worked diligently to do more than implement the practices – they aimed to share their efforts and to help the public understand the importance of making sustainable choices.
Sustainability leaders in the Memphis community, indeed!
A PDF copy of the complete press release is available here. Also, here’s a link to a recent article on RunnersWorld.com about the race and its sustainability efforts.
Just as British Paralympian Danielle Brown earned gold, so too did the British Paralympic Association. In London, Danielle defended her gold medal from Beijing. In Bath, the British Paralympic Association improved upon their silver certification effort from the 2011 ParalympicsGB Preparation Camp, earning gold certification from the Council for their pre-Paralympic camp at the University of Bath.
In the official press release, available for PDF download here, Danielle offered these comments: It’s great to see the work between EDF Energy and the BPA over the past three years culminate with the highest recognition from the Council for Responsible Sport. As an athlete, your approach to training is all about focusing on clear goals and consistently getting the small details right, something which was certainly evident with the experts at the training camps who were working to make them as sustainable as possible. For me, it was apparent in things like the promotion of sustainable behaviour to the athletes and the fantastic recycling facilities across the venues.
The BPA, EDF Energy and their sustainability partners definitely went above and beyond this year. In fact, they could have taken full advantage of the silver certification they earned in 2011, which was valid for two years, but they wanted to go into the London 2012 Paralympic Games with a gold-level sustainability effort, and they did. It is a credit to all involved for their commitment to this project.
In today’s press release announcing the Marine Corps Marathon’s achievement of Silver CRS Certification, the headline read: Sustainable innovations abound at the 2011 Marine Corps Marathon.
From the Nissan Leaf pace car, to working with PriorLife to give outdated banners a second life as useful race merchandise, to recycling Heatsheets, the Marine Corps Marathon has truly delivered on the promise of sustainable innovation.
Another innovation at this year’s event was the recyclable box of FitFul™ food supplied to every finisher (pictured above). Full of all natural, healthy snacks including Organic Multi Seed Crackers, Organic Chocolate, Wild Garden Hummus and a Dole Fruit Cup, The FitFul box delivered healthful post-race nutrition in a recyclable box. Continue reading
Following up on their successful application for Gold Certification from the Council for Responsible Sport (CRS) in November 2009, organizers of the Big Sur Half Marathon applied for re-certification from the Council this year. Out of a possible 41 sustainability credits, this year’s Big Sur Half Marathon applied for and received 36 certification credits – three more than were earned in 2009. It should also be noted that the Big Sur Half Marathon will be the only event to earn Gold Certification in 2011.
“Organizers of the Big Sur Half Marathon continue to raise the bar when it comes to producing a sustainable sporting event,” said Keith Peters, Executive Director of the Council for Responsible Sport. “Their waste diversion of 96% is unprecedented in any major sporting event, and they offered new green initiatives such as pedal-power to provide electricity, and community support through donations of unused food, discarded clothing and shoes to the local homeless shelter.” Continue reading