Rathfinny Runs and LONGBRIDGE 100 Summer Backyard Ultra is now open for registration.
At 3WordRuns, we are committed to minimising our environmental impact and promoting sustainability. These guidelines outline our efforts to organise greener and more eco-friendly running events that not only celebrates runners and running but also fosters environmental responsibility.
1. Waste Reduction:
a. We are single use plastic and cup free and do not sell bottled water on site. Participants are encouraged to bring their own reusable cups or water bottles/hydration vests.
b. Water stations will provide water containers to refill hydration vests, reusable bottles, and waste bins will be labeled for proper segregation and disposal.
2. Eco-Friendly Materials:
a. Event signage and banners will be made from recycled or recyclable materials and we will only use re-usable cable ties.
b. Race bibs will be collected at the end of the race and re-used unless the runner wants it as a souvenir.
c. We will not provide foil blankets unless for emergency use.
d. We will never use new ribbon on our medals. We will source preloved trainer laces to replace medal ribbon.
a. We encourage participants to carpool or use public transport to get to the event.
b. We provide electric mini bus shuttle transfers from local train station to our events.
c. We promote biking or walking to the event through awareness campaigns on social media.
4. Energy Efficiency:
a. We use renewable energy sources for event operations where feasible. We provide solar panel phone charging (weather dependant).
b. If generators are used they will run on HVO (Hydrogenated Vegetable Oil)
5. Local Sourcing:
a. We only use local vendors for event merchandise and refreshments.
b. We only use local businesses that align with our sustainable practices.
c. Our events are only held on land that is either B Corp or has sustainable credentials.
d. We plant locally grown shrubs and trees from local growers for every runner at the event or use EarthRuns to plant trees.
6. Waste Management:
a. We implement recycling and food composting stations throughout the event area.
b. We work with waste management partners to ensure proper disposal and recycling practices.
c. All food at aid stations is wrapper-less where possible.
7. Community Engagement:
a. We partner with local environmental organisations for educational initiatives to see how we can improve.
b. We organise post-race cleanup efforts to leave the event area pristine by way of a Plog.
9. Environmental Education:
a. We will include sustainability messages in pre-race communications via newsletter and social media.
b. We will also hold workshops or presentations on sustainability at the race briefings and during the event.
10. Continuous Improvement:
a. We will collect feedback from participants on sustainability initiatives for future improvements.
b. Regularly assess and update sustainability practices based on advancements and best practices.
By following these sustainability guidelines, 3WordRuns aims to create an event that not only promotes health and fitness but also contributes positively to our environment. Together, we can run towards a greener and more sustainable future. ‘Running without the footprint’ (The Green Runners)