Runner’s World Half Marathon and Running Festival earns Silver Certification



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.

February 6th, 2013 | | Community Legacy

Greenline Half Marathon Earns Silver Certification




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 about the race and its sustainability efforts.

TD Beach to Beacon 10K Earns Silver Certification


For 15 years, Olympic Gold Medalist Joan Benoit Samuelson and the small community of Cape Elizabeth, Maine, have hosted a world-class road race. And for 15 years, sustainability has been a watchword of event organizers — Joanie wouldn’t have it any other way.


This year, with the help of Athletes for a Fit Planet,  event organizers earned 45 of 51 possible certification credits applied for by diverting 67 percent of the event’s waste from the landfill, calculating the carbon footprints of race operations (4.3 U.S. tons) and participant travel (223 U.S. tons), eliminating all pre-race printed marketing materials, and providing locally produced food and beverages to runners, just to name a few of the event’s sustainability initiatives.


Beach to Beacon’s focus on sustainability includes both environmental and social practices, which in 2012 came together through an innovative program that worked with a local nonprofit to recycle nearly 5,500 plastic bottles from the race and donate the money to the race’s official charity, the Center for Grieving Children. Continue reading

December 27th, 2012 | | Community Legacy, Resource Management

Old Bill’s Fun Run Achieves Silver ReSport Certification … and Raises $8.35 Million!


My friend Melissa Turley is as involved in the Jackson Hole community as anyone I know. She’s running for Teton County Commissioner (results later today), and has been a Jackson Town Councilor since 2006. Here’s what she has to say about Old Bill’s:


“For me, Old Bill’s Fun Run is the event that defines our Jackson Hole community. Since 1997, Old Bill’s Fun Run has raised more than $82 million for local organizations. Nearly every year, more donors sign up, and more money is raised – growing from $1.8M in 1997 to an incredible $7.75M in 2011.


Old Bill’s is an event that draws a quarter of our valley’s population, from young to old, Olympic athletes, elected leaders and teens running in kayaks. It’s an event where everyone is happy to be there. It feels good to gather with our friends and neighbors, and it feels great to support our favorite nonprofits.


Participating in Old Bill’s Fun Run affirms for me how precious our community is. We are blessed to be surrounded by such fabulous natural beauty, but what makes Jackson Hole the place I want to raise my son are the 4,000 people I joined on the Town Square for Old Bill’s. To run, walk, volunteer, sing, compete, distribute, demonstrate and more than anything, to connect with our friends and neighbors.”


Great thoughts, Melissa, only you missed one thing: To the list of all the ways Old Bill’s and the Community Foundation of Jackson Hole play a leadership role in the community, you can now add sustainability.


Yes, it’s official, this unique Jackson Hole fundraiser has become the first sporting event in Wyoming to have its socially and environmentally responsible event production practices validated by the Council for Responsible Sport. The complete press release can be viewed here.

November 6th, 2012 | | Community Legacy

Clif Bar Family Foundation Grant Will Benefit Small Events


Thanks to a very generous $2500 grant from the Clif Bar Family Foundation, the Council for Responsible Sport will be able to waive the ReSport Certification application fees for five small events in 2013.


While we have had success working with many large running events and triathlons, we have found that a lot of grassroots events – whose reason for being is to raise funds for a community-based cause or local charity – would like to pursue ReSport Certification, but decide not to so they can maximize contributions to the event beneficiary. So we went to the Clif Bar Family Foundation and applied for a grant, which was recently approved!


The Clif Bar Family Foundation grant is intended to help us bridge the gap between what we must charge for ReSport Certification and the fees that small event organizers are willing and able to pay. We typically charge events with fewer than 1,000 participants $500 to become ReSport Certified, which is valid for two years. Thus, the $2,500 grant will underwrite the certification application fees for five small events next year. The only expense the events will occur will be any out of pocket transportation or lodging expenses for the person assigned to observe the event’s efforts on race day; we try to assign local evaluators whenever possible.


The application for ReSport Certification fee waiver is available here as an online form. Submission deadline is Friday, November 30, 2012.


Please note: Small event organizers are encouraged to become familiar with the ReSport Certification application process and standards for certification, and should not apply for a fee waiver without confidence that at least basic ReSport Certification will be achieved.


For more information, please contact Keith Peters at 307-690-6803 or Keith [at] CouncilForResponsibleSport [dot] org.

October 29th, 2012 | | News & Views