The Atlanta Journal-Constitution Peachtree Road Race has been awarded “Green” certification by the Council for Responsible Sport.
The event is the largest race to achieve the status, which measures the environmental impact of an event in six categories: waste, climate, materials and equipment, community and outreach, health promotion, and innovation.
To achieve certification, the 2011 AJC Peachtree Road Race increased its total recycled waste from 22,802 pounds in 2010 to 41,873 pounds. That effort included collecting all water cups along the course and gathering approximately 12,000 timing tags after the race. Leftover food was distributed at local shelters. The increase in recycled materials brought the weight of trash per participant sent to the landfill to 0.52 pounds, down from 0.61 pounds per participant in 2010.
The Atlanta Track Club, the race’s organizing body, also paired with GreenSneakers to collect close to 900 pairs of running shoes to be given to low-income countries. The race’s online registration system allowed for the 60,000 entries to be paperless.