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BEING A GREEN ATHLETE

Everyone has a part to play in sustainability, as we are all stewards of the planet. This extends to Race Weekend and what you can do to contribute. We aspire to provide you with simple, easy to adopt choices to help you Be a Green Athlete in ways that make a difference.

Take the Reduce, Reuse and Recycle Challenge:

Reducing, reusing and recycling are three easy ways to help limit our environmental impact. Let us help you incorporate the 3Rs into your regular running routine AND on Race Day! Take the “Reduce, Reuse and Recycle Challenge” for any Servus Calgary Marathon event and commit to making green choices on race day.

Commit to adopting the 3Rs on Race Day:

  • Reduce your carbon footprint by using green transportation to get to the race (walking, biking, carpooling, public transit): We are supporting your choice to reduce your carbon footprint by providing a secure bike valet on Race Day and by being accessible by transit with two C-train platforms that service Stampede Park.
  • Reuse your water bottle and forgo paper cups: We are supporting your choice to reuse your water bottle and forgo paper cups by introducing new hydration jugs with quick pour valves and by dedicating “Race Recycler” volunteers, visible in their green shirts, at aid stations to assist runners. A water bottle refill station is also available at the finish line area once you've completed your race.
  • Recycle all that you can and leave nothing behind: We are supporting your choice to recycle all that you can by providing solar-powered compost, recycle and waste bins and to leave nothing behind by providing clear bags and a secure bag check so you take out what you take in.

Committing to the 3R’s is a big step towards becoming a green athlete.

Recycle Old Medals:

Bring your old medals to the Runner's Expo and drop them off at the Fluid Projects booth!

Fluid Projects Inc. will be collecting old, used, and pre-loved metal race medals for recycling. These must be made of metal and can be medals from any event or race, they do not have to be specifically Run Calgary or Calgary Marathon medals!

Medal Recycling Update

In May 2023 we encouraged participants to drop off used/unwanted metal race medals to the Fluid Projects booth at the 2023 Runner's Expo. We continued to collect medals throughout the year and added to the pile after cleaning out our warehouse. 

The long-term goal is to recycle and repurpose these medals into unique pieces of memorabilia/art. Until then...we're committed to extending the useful life of these medals by using them to create weights! These weights are used year-round at Run Calgary events, and instead of purchasing new material to refill the bags (such as sand or rocks), we figured these medals had some good weight to them!

Medal Recycling