All participatory sporting events have a responsibility to minimize their impact on the environment. From reducing emissions to minimizing the amount of waste generated, the 2012 Boulder Marathon is doing everything possible to be an environmentally responsible event. By recycling and composting, facilitating carpooling, using compostable cups and offering high-quality, eco-friendly event apparel, the 2012 Boulder Marathon aims to be a Zero Waste event.
1. Recycling: In an effort to get as close to a zero-waste event as possible, the Boulder Marathon will provide ample recycling stations for participants and guests to dispose of any event-generated waste such as bottles, cardboard and paper.
2. Composting: In addition to recycling, the Boulder Marathon will compost all food waste generated by the event, such as orange and banana peels and bread products. Our event partners are joining us in our green efforts—Gatorade Endurance Formula will supply the Boulder Marathon with compostable cups, which will be used at all aid stations and the finish line, to make the Boulder Marathon one of the few marathon/half marathon events nationwide to use compostable cups. We’re combining these efforts to significantly reduce the amount of trash that ends up in the landfill.
3. Carpooling: Runners and walkers are encouraged to carpool to the Boulder Reservoir on the morning of the race. If you’re traveling to the race from outside of town or you’re a Boulder County resident, there is ample carpool parking available at the 29th Street Mall in Boulder. Runners and walkers can meet at 29th Street, share a ride to the reservoir, and share a ride back to town after the race. Not only will carpooling help reduce carbon emissions associated with the event but it will reduce the number of cars parked at the Boulder Reservoir. So talk to your friends running the race and make your carpool plans early! And, of course, if you wish to ride your bicycle to the event, there will be plenty of space to lock them up during the event.