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Williams Route 66 Marathon pursues Certification by the Council for Responsible Sport

The board of directors of Tulsa Route 66 Marathon, Inc. is pleased to announce that the Route 66 family of events is currently pursuing certification by the Council for Responsible Sport.  To obtain this certification, the races must meet a variety of requirements to reduce the environmental impact of the Williams Route 66 Marathon.

To qualify for certification, the board is undertaking planning efforts to minimize the environmental footprint of the races.  These efforts include reducing the use of supplies like paper and plastic as much as possible, and providing avenues for runners to participate in these efforts, too, such as recycling, opting out of receiving a participant shirt, and recycling used running shoes at the event.  Runners can also purchase green tickets during registration, which will be used to purchase carbon offsets.

“This designation from CRS is a premium international certification,” said Chris Lieberman, executive director of Tulsa Route 66 Marathon, Inc.  “We are excited to pursue this and proud to set an example for other sporting events.  If we are awarded CRS Certification, we will be the only event in Oklahoma, and one of very few events in the midwest, to hold CRS Certification.”

The Williams Route 66 events will need to meet various requirements in six categories: waste; climate; equipment and materials; community and outreach; health promotion; and innovation.  A full list of the requirements the marathon is pursuing is listed below.

“While we are pursuing ways to reduce our footprint, we are excited to also offer our runners ways to help,” said Jessica Hargis, sustainability director for Tulsa Route 66 Marathon, Inc.  “We will even be offering incentives for runners to help us reduce our environmental impact, such as providing a special parking lot for those who choose to carpool.”

A representative from CRS will visit the Williams Route 66 Marathon in November, and designation will be awarded within 45 days.  For more information on the Council for Responsible Sport, visit www.councilforresponsiblesport.org.  For any runner wanting to help green up the Williams Route 66 Marathon, e-mail Jessica@route66marathon.com.

WILLIAMS ROUTE 66 MARATHON EVENT CERTIFICATION PLAN
*CREDITS BEING PURSUED

 1) Waste
*Credit 1.1: Recycling of cardboard
*Credit 1.2: Recycling of glass
*Credit 1.3: Recycling of plastic water bottles
*Credit 1.4: Recycling of aluminum cans and metal
*Credit 1.5: Recycling of paper
*Credit 1.6: Food waste composted or donated to local food charity
*Credit 1.7: Less than 2 lbs/participant of landfill waste
*Credit 1.8: Less than 1 lb/participant of landfill waste
*Credit 1.9: Ten percent reduction (per participant) in landfill waste from previous year

2) Climate
Credit 2.1: Renewable energy sources for 50% of power consumed
*Credit 2.2: Race site accessible by public or mass transportation, or event facilitates carpooling
Credit 2.3: Use of alternative-fuel vehicles by race production team
Credit 2.4: All food sourced within 250 miles
*Credit 2.5: One food item 3rd-party certified (Fair Trade, organic, Food Alliance)
Credit 2.6: All participant travel offset by carbon credits (carbon neutral)
Credit 2.7: All participant travel offset by carbon credits x 2 (carbon restorative)
Credit 2.8: Carbon footprint of entire event is offset with high-quality carbon credits
Credit 2.9: One policy implemented to reduce water consumption
Credit 2.10: Redundant travel eliminated for all participants

3) Equipment & Materials
Credit 3.1: All materials printed by event use recycled paper and non-toxic ink
*Credit 3.2: No paper-based registration
*Credit 3.3: One major piece of essential equipment rented, borrowed, or shared
Credit 3.4: All new equipment made from recycled or surplus materials
Credit 3.5: All race apparel uses alternative fabrics and non-toxic inks
*Credit 3.6: Race t-shirt uses alternative fabrics and printing methods, or athletes can choose to not receive one (opt-out)
Credit 3.7: Race finisher award uses local, sustainable materials, or athletes can choose to not receive one (opt-out)
*Credit 3.8: All food service products (plates, cups, utensils) compostable

 4) Community & Outreach
*Credit 4.1: Event enhances or supports a local public-use asset (bike trail, community center, etc)
*Credit 4.2: Organizing committee includes representation from local community
*Credit 4.3: Mechanism for participants, spectators, and volunteers to take part in sustainable practices
*Credit 4.4: Time or money invested in local non-profit charity
*Credit 4.5: Increase public awareness of a local environmental issue (air pollution, etc)
*Credit 4.6: Alternative lodging for overnight participants (homestay, dormitory)

5) Health Promotion
*Credit 5.1: Efforts to increase participation by female, at-risk, persons with disabilities, or minority segments of the population
*Credit 5.2: Direct involvement by youth
*Credit 5.3: Concessions or incentives for beginners or first-time participants
*Credit 5.4: Efforts to educate public of event’s health benefits
*Credit 5.5: Mechanism for participants to provide feedback on sustainability efforts (survey, email, etc)

6) Innovation
*Credit 6.1: Documented, measurable feature that enhances sustainability of event
*Credit 6.2: Documented, measurable feature that enhances sustainability of event
*Credit 6.3: Documented, measurable feature that enhances sustainability of event

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