Running is becoming greener albeit slowly………..

Posted: Dec 1, 2011 In: News With: 2 comments

Well when you think about it what mode of transport can be any ‘greener’ than running? But is it that simple?

Think about the big marathons that take place these days – the paper cups or plastic bottles, the race bags they hand out with all your goodies, the paper bibs, the plastic timing chips, the buses that ship the bags to the finish line and on and on. Yes you can imagine how big a carbon footprint the recent New York Marathon left!

So yes it is about time running become more greener but the good news is that steps albeit small ones are now being made to achieve this. I recently run the Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Half Marathon and instead of getting a bag with lots of paper flyers in it I got emailed a Virtual Race Kit with lots of electronic flyers and discount codes which I could use by clicking a button as opposed to having to drive to the store to hand the coupon over.

The Council for Responsible Sport is an American initiative which was founded to encourage a more sustainable approach to sporting events. It has even created a certification process for races that want to go ‘green’. Will it catch on? Who knows, but hopefully soon races will as well as advertising ‘Boston Qualifier’ or ‘IAAF Certified’ will soon be saying ‘Green Certified’.

Click to read this interesting article from motherjones.com which discusses this topic in more depth.

 

About the Author

Peter Donato

Peter Donato is the Founder of MyNextRace.com and has remained active year after year. A former competitive tennis and golf player, he has completed 16 marathons, five in Boston, dozens of adventure races, one Warrior Dash, and many triathlons and cycling races. His racing highlights include a 2:49 Marathon P.B., an Ironman Triathlon, a full Marathon in a Mascot outfit (Jefferson) where he broke the Guinness Record, and cycling solo from Rome to Venice. He and Jefferson live, work and play near Lake Ontario in Toronto.

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    Ron Frankel

    Event Year:2012
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    Virtual Race Bags is the worst idea ever!…they suck! I pay to run the event and I want my samples …how am I going to try a product …I can’t taste a virtual sample…just stupid!

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    Peter Donato

    Event Year:2011
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    they also gave out a race kit with a magazine in it!

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