Living in the desert highlights the fact that any activity has an effect on the environment. We've always made a conscious effort to reduce our events' impact. As our events have grown, so has the opportunity to reduce their environmental footprint. Sometimes these changes mean more involvement from the community, and we are grateful to be partnering with Canyonlands Community Recycling’s Green Team, local farms, and of course countless volunteers. From recycling in our office to eliminating plastic water bottles, we are always looking for ways to further green the desert!
In 2005 we started systematically eliminating plastic water bottles from our events. Water and Gatorade are transported in bulk and distributed to runners in compostable cups at every area of the race—packet pickup, the start, course and finish.
All race programs are printed on partially recycled paper.
Whenever possible, we purchase race items in bulk to cut down on packaging. All our race shirts arrive in bulk, rather than in individual sleeves; all printed material is ordered in bulk; all food items arrive in bulk too.
In 2003 we began offering heavy duty, durable bags that runners could reuse after the event. We still see those bags in use around town! Today runners receive high-quality tote bags made from partially recycled poly pro that they use race weekend for their clothing / gear bags and after the race for just about anything.
All food waste from our events is composted at local organic farms.
Compostable cups at the start, finish and aid stations are composted in Grand Junction.
All leftover food is donated to the Grand County Food Bank. At the 2011 Canyonlands Half Marathon, over 800 lbs of food waste was diverted from the local landfill.
All runner items discarded along the course or not claimed at gear bag pickup are donated to local charities.
Every trash receptacle at our events is accompanied by a recycle bin and a compost bucket. The Green Team sorts all trash and encourages recycling when possible. At the 2010 Canyonlands Half Marathon, approximately 700 lbs of aluminum, plastic, cardboard and glass were sent to Moab’s Recycle Center.
Our office diligently recycles paper, aluminum, plastic and glass, and our staff make an effort to do the same at home.