Distance runners are some of the most ecologically conscious people around. From California to Connecticut, races are responding to athletes’ desire to tread lightly on the planet. The IMT Des Moines Marathon is proud to be part of several initiatives to cut down on the amount of trash we send to landfills.
First, the IMT Des Moines Marathon was 1 of the first 10 races in the United States and Canada to be part of The Greenteam, a community that helps races and individual runners alike reduce their footprints. Second, in 2008 the IMT Des Moines Marathon was 1 of 6 races nationwide that took part in a pilot program to recycle heatsheets at the finish line. Third, the IMT Des Moines Marathon is working with local associations on a joint grant program to make recycling and composting convenient and easy for you all along the course and at the finish line on race day.
Athletes For A FitPlanet
FitPlanet provides customized environmental consulting and on-the-ground support to organizers of events in North America and the UK. From road races and triathlons to golf and hockey tournaments FitPlanet helps events like the IMT Des Moines Marathon reduce their environmental footprint.
FitPlanet offers the IMT Des Moines Marathon the Pledge of Sustainability so we can communicate our event's sustainability practices to you and hundreds of thousands of potential participants and fans through the FitPlanet Green Events Calendar, e-newsletters, and other media.
Take the FitPlanet EcoPledge and learn more about athlete resources. If you agree, we'll add your name to the hundreds of people already on The List. This is a public commitment to be green and to support the efforts of events that are going green. And ask your friends, family, training partners, teammates, sponsors, coaches, and co-workers to sign too. There's power in numbers!
IMT Des Moines Marathon print materials, such as 100,000 race flyers, were printed on 10% FSC post consumer recycled paper. They are printed using energy resources that reduce greenhosue gas emissions through a printing process that passes Green-e Climate certifications by using renewable energy resources.
Plastic and cardboard
Look for recycling units at the Scheels Sports & Fitness Expo at Hy-Vee Hall and at the start/finish line activities. We'll continue efforts out on the course at aid stations and at spectator locations within Water Works Park. There’s no need to toss water bottles or “Go Mom” signs in regular trash cans.
IMT Des Moines Marathon finishers are offered a heatsheet in the medical tent if needed. These can’t be recycled with regular plastics, but they can be recycled. If you don’t plan to keep your heatsheet as a souvenir, consider putting it in the trunk of your car, tackle box, back pack, or heck even picnic basket for an emergency blanket. Thanks for helping with this effort!
IMT Des Moines Marathon & Half Marathon, Bankers Trust Marathon Relay, and Principal Financial Group 5K Road Race athletes will receive a Tyvek bib with their race number on it. It's used during the race to identify you on the course. If your not going to hang onto yours as a keepsake after the race, consider tossing it in the recycling bin.
Keep your safety pins instead of throwing them away after the race. You can use them again at future races to put on your bib and won't have to use new ones. This is a direct way to reduce an event's carbon footprint, while making you an eco-runner at the same time.
Virtual Race Bag
The IMT Des Moines Marathon has partnered with Virtual Race Bags to produce a 'virtual goodie bag' in an effort to ‘go green’ and provide additional benefits to our participants. As a participant of this year's event you will receive an email invitation to the Virtual Race Bag prior to the event giving you access to the bag.
In the race bag you will find an array of valuable information including our official event guide, exclusive offers, coupons, giveaways, and messages from our sponsors. But wait, there’s more! Immediately after the event, the race bag updates to include race results. Now participants will receive another email invitation to visit their ‘results bag’ and also have a final opportunity to take advantage of the offers and goodies before the bag closes.
Shoes and Clothing
Your used running shoes and clothing can help people right here in Des Moines through the Iowa Homeless Youth Centers, a nonprofit organization that collects and distributes discarded clothing on race day along the course to people in need. Look for collection bins at the Scheels Sports & Fitness Expo and at the start/finish line area on race day.
Interested in ridesharing to the IMT Des Moines Marathon? Sign up here for an account and become members of a growing and dynamic community. It is free to join and PickupPals can track the number of rides they have given or taken, the number of km they have traveled via ride sharing and we can as an IMT Des Moines Marathon group keep track of the amount of emissions we have reduced as a result! You’ll save yourself a few bucks as you help save the planet.
Contact Us if you have ideas or input for IMT Des Moines Marathon Green Initiatives!
The IMT Des Moines Marathon is committed to leading the industry in Green initiatives designed to reduce the carbon footprint that long distance running events can have on a community. As an organization we strive to partner with national product and service providers within our industry who share the same principles and practices.
On a local level, the IMT Des Moines Marathon is proud to work with organizations committed to protecting our environment. Together our efforts to reduce, reuse and recycle, not just on race day but through out the year, can ensure that Des Moines will continue to be a great place to work and play for ourselves and our children!
Waste Management is the leading provider of comprehensive waste and environmental services in North America.
They are strongly committed to a foundation of financial strength, operating excellence and professionalism.
Drawing on their resources and experience, Waste Management actively pursues projects and initiatives that benefit the waste industry, the communities they serve and the environment.
Waste Management works to make a positive difference for the environment in every aspect of its business.
Metro Waste Authority
As a regional government agency, MWA has served 16 Central Iowa communities and Polk County for nearly 40 years with environmental programs and services that are innovative, cost effective, award winning and technologically advanced. With annual operating expenses of approximately $18 million, no tax dollars are used to finance any of its facilities or programs.
The Metro Waste Authority agency manages the Metro Park East Landfill, the Metro Compost Center, the Metro Recycling Center, the Metro Transfer Station and also coordinates recycling programs for its member communities.
Metro Waste Authority - Event Recycling Guide
Keep Iowa Beautiful
Keep Iowa Beautiful was founded in 2000 and is affiliated with the nationally acclaimed Keep America Beautiful. KAB has been working for half a century to improve the beauty of our nation.
Keep Iowa Beautiful works to assist communities and organizations in cleanup and beautification projects. Conduct research studies that will help us to understand the reasons some people litter and show a lack of respect for land and property. Provide anti-littering and beautification education programs. Increase public awareness of the costs of littering and encourage regional groups and communities to become Keep Iowa Beautiful affiliates/partners.