Half marathon in race to be the ‘greenest yet’
ORGANISERS of next week’s Cardiff Half Marathon say they plan to make this year’s event the “greenest yet” as they prepare for a record number of runners to take to the start line.
The city will welcome 25,000 participants to the 13.1-mile race on October 1 – the highest number of entrants in its 14-year history.
And, with record entries, comes a potential record volume of rubbish.
So the event’s Run Refuel Recycle campaign is aiming to build on the efforts of previous races to recycle more waste than ever before.
Recycling facilities have been improved for the 2017 race and a team of “environmental champions” have been recruited to help people recycle better at the event.
Brecon Carreg has also listened to the feedback of runners and made the water bottles much smaller.
Matt Newman, Run4Wales CEO, said: “As Wales’ largest mass-participation event, we want to continue to raise awareness and set the standard for recycling at this year’s race.
“With 25,000 runners set to take-on the course, we are hoping to recycle a record number of bottles and banana peels.
“Our army of environmental champions will be on-hand to make sure water bottles and banana peels find their way into our recycling bins.”
Event partner Recycle for Wales says that if every runner recycled a 500ml water bottle, it would save enough energy to power Cardiff Castle – one of the course landmarks – for 55 hours.
Angela Spiteri, from Recycle for Wales, added: “We are proud that Wales is one of the top three recycling nations, but we want Wales to be number one.
“This is why we are encouraging runners and spectators to do that little bit more at the event and at home to help Wales become the world’s champion recycler.
“Recycling just one more thing can have a big impact, for example recycling one banana peel generates enough energy to charge two smartphones.”
The Cardiff Half also takes place on the final day of this year’s National Recycling Week.
Both events are in their 14th year, as local authorities look to boost awareness of what recycled material can produce.
Cardiff Half Marathon’s Run Refuel Recycle campaign aims to make the event more environmentally friendly