According to a recent article published by Runners World, The New York City Marathon blows through 2.3 million cups during race day. Read that again: 2.3 MILLION cups — on race day alone!
Don’t worry — race organizers don’t plan to eliminate water on courses or anything crazy like that. Now more than ever, though, race organizers are finding ways to reduce the waste and carbon produced during road racing events. We see more and more races using sustainable options: Runners World confirmed that the London Marathon, for example, plans to replace water bottles and cups with biodegradable seaweed pods that can be eaten or tossed — an initiative that begins in the 2020 race.
P3R is well ahead of the game, too, with its brand new sustainable race: the Heineken 0.0 5k.
Correction: Brand new, COMPLETELY sustainable 5k! You’re probably wondering how a race earns the title “completely sustainable.” This new Earth Day race that takes place on April 18th has implemented the following upgrades to your typical pre-race activities, timing, and post-race party:
- Paperless check-in
- No cups on the course — bring a reusable bottle, or if you’re like me, skip that too because it’s a 5k in what could be perfect weather!
- Finisher gift of white pine seedlings
- Shoe recycling station (I plan to bring at least 3-4 pairs of retired running shoes)
- Carbon offsets to make this race 100% carbon neutral
- Recyclable race bibs
- Race day shirts made from certified recycled poly
In addition to running a race that supports environmental sustainability, you’ll also get a legit amount of swag for participating. Every finisher receives the white pine seedlings, t-shirt, medal, and Heineken 0.0 bottle-opener keychain. Plus, you can use your race bib for specials at Tequila Cowboy, McFadden’s, Jerome Bettis Grill 36, The Foundry and Bar Louie.
As a former race director, I can attest that going paperless and cutting down on the cost of cups and course hydration not only eliminates a lot of waste, but also saves A LOT of money — and that means runners save money on registration. This new, sustainable race is currently $25, and you can snag your registration for $20 by applying code EARTHDAYCOURTNEY at checkout. Register here for the Saturday, April 18th 5k that kicks off at 11:30 am! PS: Can we all pause for a moment and thank the race organizers for a race day start time that is awesome for those of us who aren’t local? #idonthavetoleaveat5am!
When you choose to run this race, you choose to to do your part to make the parks and trails we love remain green and gorgeous. Hope to see you there! Learn more about the Heineken 0.0 Earth Day 5k HERE.
P3Runners are not monetarily compensated for their efforts, but we may earn perks based on registration referrals.