EUGENE, Ore. – The Eugene Marathon was named Sustainable Event of the Year during the 3rd Annual SportsTown award ceremony hosted by the Eugene Cascades and Coast Sports Commission.
The annual award is given to an event that focus on “reducing energy use, carbon emissions, water use, minimizing waste, supporting local businesses, providing access to everyone and creating a positive legacy for the community,” according to the SportsTown Awards criteria.
During the 2018 Eugene Marathon, participants, volunteers and race organizers worked together to promote sustainability. Every participant received a reusable water bottle and tote bag, and there were several water filling stations throughout the event. In addition, the Eugene Marathon partnered with Waste Free Oregon to collect, sort and properly dispose of marathon waste throughout race weekend.
According to Race Director Richard Maher, “Providing local sustainability to the Eugene and Springfield communities is at the forefront of our mission statement. We strive to impact our communities in positive ways through economic and social impact, environmental sustainability and the general support of health and wellness four our participants.”
For more information about the Eugene Marathon’s sustainability efforts throughout the year, please check out the “Green in Eugene” page, which can be found here.