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4963 Views 3 Replies Latest reply: Sep 24, 2008 12:29 PM by Active Toby
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Green Races

I heard that some event directors are trying to "green" their races. Has anyone participated in a green race or do you have any recommendations for a good one?

  • Legend 1,556 posts since
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    1. Sep 24, 2008 11:58 AM (in response to mvalenti)
    Re: Green Races

    The Marin County Triathlon on 10/26 is a green race and offers participants a recycled race bag filled with all natural stuff. It is fully sustainable and most all of the proceeds go to charities. Read more about the race here:


    From their website:


    All of the power used for the Marin County Triathlon and Green Village Expo will be generated by solar and/or renewable energy.


    All paper products will be post-consumer recycled.


    All utensils and cookware at the Green Village Expo will be corn-based compostable.


    Toilet tissue, soaps, paper towels, etc will be biodegradable.


    Event tee shirts will be 100% organic cotton from carbon neutral manufacturing and printed only with environmental friendly inks.


    Our shuttle buses will run on biodeisel.


    Our lead vehicle will be hybrid.


    No plastic drinking water bottles.


    All foods served will only be organic and natural.

    Coffees, teas and other beverages will be organic and fair trade.


    Email instead of paper mail.


    Banners used pre event and on race day are biodegradable.


    All awards and medals will be from recycled materials.


    Incentives will be given to all to encourage everyone to do their part to help evolve the festival into a true green event.


    Everyone will be encouraged to bring old running shoes to be recycled and race clothing to be contributed to needy organizations.


    All will have the opportunity to contribute to reduce our carbon efforts as well.


    The Marin County Triathlon will purchase credits from a renewable energy firm to offset the carbon dioxide emissions from the event. This will help fund renewable energy, such as wind and/or methane farms, making this event carbon neutral.


    In our effort to produce zero waste, our partnership with local recycling and composting agencies will be at the forefront for all involved.

  • Legend 1,556 posts since
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    2. Sep 24, 2008 12:13 PM (in response to mvalenti)
    Re: Green Races

    The sold out Boulder Triathlon Series is also leading the way with their Tri Sustainability Initiative that consists of "Zero Waste, Carbon Neutral, and Local"


    Read more here:


    From the website:


        *  Zero Waste: our goal is to minimize the waste generated by our events

        * Carbon Neutral: our goal is to minimize the carbon footprint of our events

        * Local: our goal is to promote great local events and support the local community

  • Legend 1,556 posts since
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    3. Sep 24, 2008 12:29 PM (in response to Active Toby)
    Re: Green Races

    Portland Triathlon is another and is quite impressive:



    From the website:


    bike racks made from kiln-dried bamboo poles and surplus steel

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    Bamboo race shirts for all participants

    Extensive recycling to divert trash from the landfill

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    All greenhouse gas emissions resulting from participant travel offset through partnership with The Climate Trust

    Living finish line, by artist Aaron Loveitt, planted with native seedums from Echo Valley Natives nursery

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    Body marking by Portland Society for Calligraphy with non-toxic, skin-friendly markers

    Reuseable CleanStream bags from Oregon Trout for the goody bags

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    Incentives for travel by bike or public transportation

    Locally sourced, organic food and drink

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    Renewable solar power from the City of Portland for all electrical needs

    Composting of all food waste, including biodegradable trash bags

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    Volunteer shirts made from organic cotton

    Age group awards made by volunteers from recycled materials. Used bike tubes and cogs are cleaned and donated by the Community Cycling Center, then taken to Nike for assembly. Nike laser-etches the tubes and stitches the cogs in place.

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