The Echo Women's Mini Marathon in Cork takes ‘green’ steps to protect the environment

The Echo Women’s Mini Marathon is encouraging participants to ‘Leave No Trace’, by bringing their own reusable water bottle to the race as well as other measures, writes Cork Athletics spokesperson John Quigley
The Echo Women's Mini Marathon in Cork takes ‘green’ steps to protect the environment
John Quigley, Cork Athletics Web master and Rebecca McEvoy, Cork Athletics PRO, at Kennedy Park, Cork. The Echo Women's Mini Marathon, encouraging participants to 'leave no trace'.Picture: Jim Coughlan.

THE Echo Women’s Mini Marathon is committed to the continued review and implementation of sustainability strategies and environmentally friendly practices. This year we are adopting the motto ‘Leave No Trace’ and will do our utmost to see that we meet both or obligations and our objectives.

Sustainability Management is now a key goal of The Echo Women’s Mini Marathon organising committee, and, this year, we are implementing new measures to minimise waste and improve the sustainability and environmental impact of such a large public event. The Echo Women’s Mini-Marathon has been approved as a European Athletics prestigious 5-star Running4All event, which requires commitment to continuous sustainability improvement.

The new measures for the 2019 event include:

Tesco Fruit Stall — following feedback from participants who were in favour of healthy snack options, we are delighted to announce Tesco will be offering a free fruit stall at the Finish Line Party in Kennedy Park this year.

We are asking participants to dispose of their leftover fruit in the special food waste bins provided. This waste will be composted after the event.

Reusable Tote Bags — to help reduce waste this year we have moved away from pre-packed goody bags in favour of reusable cotton tote bags which will available at the finish area. Thanks to Tesco and The Echo for their sponsorship of the bags.

Water — as in previous years we are delighted to offer water, sponsored by Tesco to all race finishers in Kennedy Park. However, we are asking all participants and spectators to dispose of all plastic bottles responsibly using the Recycling Bins provided.

We are also encouraging participants to bring along their own reusable water bottles from home.

Post-Race Goodies — will be available for participants to pick-up and enjoy in the finish area.

Recycling & Waste Management — all participants are asked to responsibly dispose of any waste into the segregated bins for Recycling (plastic, paper, cardboard), Food (for composting) and General Waste bins available in Kennedy Park. We ask for participants co-operation in ensuring that there is no cross-contamination of waste.

Plastic Reduction — we have eliminated the plastic wrapping on individual medals and are favouring reusable bunting to add to the festive atmosphere on the day.

Post-Race Clean-up — professional cleaning services will assist with the post-race clean-up, and we are increasing the number of bins available this year.

Signage & Branding Materials: All branding material, banners and other signage will be collected after the event and will be reused in the future.

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