Sustainable events create the hope of a greener future Incorporating sustainable practices is an important part of the planning and production of the Bank of America Chicago Marathon. As a result of our focus on environmental and socially responsible practices, the Chicago Marathon was the largest marathon named an Evergreen Inspire Level event by the Council for Responsible Sport. In celebration of Earth Day, here are some of our sustainability initiatives and how we are pushing innovation in the endurance sports industry.
Cups to soil Producing a running event the size and scale of the Bank of America Chicago Marathon requires the use of some single use items. On race day, 2.4 million cups are used along the course and at the start and finish lines. The cups are diverted from the landfill and are sent to a local composting facility where they are processed into nutrient rich soil. The event then donates the soil which is used to enrich community gardens and neighborhood parks throughout the city.
Blankets to boards Heatsheets collected at Zero Waste Stations throughout Grant Park on race day are upcycled and transformed into composite wood decking used to make benches. Following the race, Heatsheets are sent to a processing facility where they were melted down and mixed with saw dust to create composite wood decking. This decking is then used to produce benches that are donated and will join the soil in Chicago gardens and parks.
Bottles to fabric During race week green team volunteers collect recyclable materials, such as plastic bottles, in Grant Park and along the race course. The bottles collected, will be sent to a plastic processing facility where they are pelletized and fashioned into yarn that is used in clothing similar to our 100% recycled polyester participant shirts. It is our goal in the future to close this loop and utilize the yarn from the bottles collected on race day to produce event clothing products.
Learn more about the event's sustainability initiatives at chicagomarathon.com and join us race weekend as we work to reduce our impact on the neighborhoods in which live and run.
Jordan Hasay joins the 2019 field Following her third place finish at the 2019 Boston Marathon, Jordan Hasay announced she will join the 2019 Bank of America Chicago Marathon elite field. In 2017, Jordan took the city by storm, running the second fastest time by an America Woman, 2:20:57! She will look to dominate the fast and flat streets of Chicago once again in October setting her sights on the American record.
Watch 2018 champion Mo Farah race in London On Sunday, April 28, Bank of America Chicago Marathon champion Mo Farah will toe the start line at the Virgin Money London Marathon. He will be squaring off against the current world record holder Eliud Kipchoge. Learn how to watch these two titans of distance running as they go head to head at virginmoneylondonmarathon.com.
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