The Banff Marathon is back and this year proudly owning the ‘Greenest Marathon on the Planet’ title. Race Banff Marathon Event Director Paul Regensburg said the goal is to retain this honour.
A total of 10,000 people will descend on Banff for the event. This year’s event running June 14-16 is sold out again with 2,250 runners enrolled in the three events offered by the Banff Marathon, with most competitors enrolled in the half marathon and the 10 km runs.
In 2018 the Banff Marathon achieved its ultimate goal of diverting 100 per cent of its waste from the landfill.
“We are very proud of what we have achieved to date and it takes a heck of a lot of effort to achieve the Greenest Marathon title,” said Regensburg. “We run ten programs to make this happen. We work with a local company SustainDriven, the Sustainability Committee and many sustainability partners, and implemented and managed 10 very successful green strategies. The total waste decreased from 754 lbs in 2017 to 709 lbs in 2018.
“This year our target will be only 500 lbs of total materials handed by our Toward Zero Waste team. We will also try our best to meet or stay as close to 100 per cent waste diversion as possible.”
The Banff Marathon calculates the total greenhouse gas generation for the event which includes all travel from point of origin including all competitors, race operations, and home/remote office operations. In 2018, the total emissions and offsets equalled 1245 tonnes carbon dioxide equivalent.
“On a hot day, the Banff Marathon can utilize up to 20,000 disposable cups. Bio-digestible cups are better than recyclable, compostable or in worst cases “coated” cups that are simply garbage. The bio-digestible cups are made from corn and compost very quickly – in a matter of a few days! Programs will also be in place to encourage participants and spectators to carry their own re-fillable water bottles.
“This year our race sold out faster than it ever did before. Our destination makes us more popular for sure, and we put on a very high quality race on a beautiful race course,” said Regensburg.
“We have also worked hard to make it a festival, not just a race. Everyone is welcome to attend the BMO Kids Run for all kids between the ages of 3 and 12 years old. It is a free event. The kids all finish under the same Banff Marathon arch where the adult participants finish their races the next day!
Each participant will receive a Goodie Bag and a commemorative Finishers Award. This family-friendly fun run is being offered for free to all kids as part of the Banff Marathon festivities on Saturday, June 15.”