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Sustainability

The Servus Calgary Marathon dedicates time, energy and resources to reduce the environmental impact of the race. The Servus Calgary Marathon aims to build upon the previous year’s green initiatives to create an even more sustainable event for the whole family, and you can help too!

2023 STATS

45,000

Cups composted

400

5 Gallon Water Jugs Reused

10,000

Plastic Bags Saved from Landfill

475

Bikes Parked

22,000

Chocolate Bars saved from landfill

300

Medals Recycled

50

Pairs of shoes donated

What Is Sustainability Anyway?

It’s a term we hear all the time, but it has different meanings for different people. For us, it means doing what we can in our day-to-day life to maintain the environment. There has been a huge shift in the way we live and we’ve seen the impact on the world around us.

To ensure the sustainability of our environment and our city, we all need to take many small actions to improve our surroundings for future generations. We know that nothing beats the allure of the great outdoors when it comes to running!

The Servus Calgary Marathon Sustainability Program offers simple, easy to adopt choices to help you be a green athlete. Read on to learn more about our efforts to make the Servus Calgary Marathon a leader in race event sustainability!

Our Sustainability Initiatives


  • Clusters of recycle, compost and waste bins placed around Stampede Park for the Runner's Expo and Race Day.
    • Solar-powered recycle, compost and waste bins have been introduced.
  • Compostable cups from along the route are collected and composted.
  • Compostable plates and cutlery are used by event staff and volunteers.
  • E-Newsletters and registration for all Servus Calgary Marathon race weekend events are electronic.
  • Expo visitors and race participants are encouraged to walk, run, bike, carpool, or take transit with two C-train stops that service Stampede Park. A secure bike zone is available for participants to park their bikes.
  • Leftover finishers’ medals and other metal medals collected during the Runner's Expo are recycled at Blackfoot Metal or repurposed.
  • Race finishers are able to download a complimentary digital finisher’s certificate.
  • Leftover fruit and pre-packaged food is donated to a local charity.
  • Discarded participant clothing is also donated to a local charity.
  • The quantity of excess shirts and medals remaining post-race has been reduced by over 75% since 2017.
  • Sponsors and partners offer special promotions in the Virtual Goody Bag.  A “no paper” policy at package pick-up means promotions, coupons and discounts are delivered to your inbox.
  • The participant Race Guide and Volunteer Handbook are now fully paperless and distributed electronically.
  • In 2023, we introduced a Water Refill Station that can be used to refill reusable water bottles on site.