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.