At the Valencia Half Marathon Trinidad Alfonso Zurich and the Valencia Marathon Trinidad Alfonso we are working to make our events increasingly sustainable and environmentally friendly because we believe that every action we take, no matter how small, can have a positive impact on the future.
We are working in different areas of the event to bring improvements where possible: waste, emissions, products, supply chain and training.
Waste collection and recycling
Eliminating plastic bags
In 2018, the plastic runner’s bags were replaced by reusable EDP gymsacks.
Similarly, in 2019, the plastic bags at the finish line (where the final refreshments are delivered) were also eliminated, saving around 100,000 bags between the two races in that first year alone.
In collaboration with Ecoembes, the ‘Run, Recycle and Breathe’ campaign will be launched during the races and different containers, yellow for cans, briks and plastic containers and blue for paper and cardboard containers, will be placed both at the Runners’ Expos and along the route.
Thanks to this measure, 99.9 per cent of the bottles used in the Valencia Half Marathon 2019 and a total of 6,920 kilos of plastics (80 per cent containers and 20 per cent packaging materials) were recovered for recycling. Likewise, 4,300 kilos of paper and cardboard were collected (from fresh fruit packaging to products from the runner’s bag).
For its part, at the Valencia Marathon 2019, a total of 14,680 kilograms of waste were collected. Specifically, 10,780 kilos of plastic packaging and 3,360 kilos of cardboard.
‘Bottle to bottle’ plastic bottles
In 2019, together with Coca-Cola and Ecoembes, a pioneering initiative was launched in Spain and worldwide related to recycling packaging and the circular economy: Bottle to Bottle.
Thanks to this project, the nearly 11,000 kilos of plastic containers that were generated at the Valencia Marathon 2019 became the one million Aquabona bottles made with 25 percent recycled plastic used in the Valencia Elite Edition Marathon 2020.
For many years now, Koopera Cáritas Diocesana de Valencia has been collecting clothes and sports equipment at the Valencia Marathon Runners’ Expo. In addition, on the day of the race, they collect the warm clothes that the runners leave at the start.
In 2019, more than 10,000 garments were collected and delivered to people in need, sold second-hand or recycled.
Valencia on the canvas
The canvas banners used during the event become new products thanks to Rincón de Velluters, an association dedicated to the social and workplace integration of people with mental health problems, which under the name ‘A la lona de Valencia’ transforms them into bags, backpacks, wallets and other objects for everyday use.
On the day of the Valencia Marathon all EMT Valencia buses are free of charge in the city until 4pm to promote the use of public transport among runners and the general public. In addition, the volunteers at the race are given a pass to travel for free on the buses during the three days of the event.
Hyundai ECO Vehicles
All vehicles used during the race use Hyundai ECO technology. The lead car is a Hyundai IONIQ 5, which produces no emissions into the atmosphere, and a fleet of ECO vehicles consisting of the Hyundai SANTA FE hybrid and plug-in hybrid, TUCSON plug-in hybrid and the new KONA in its 100% electric version is used for the organiser’s journeys.
All runners and their families have a minimum 10% discount on travel to Valencia during the days of the event on RENFE trains, promoting sustainable transport.
The trophies for the Spanish winners are made with sustainable materials.
Plastic bags have been replaced by reusable gymsacks (non-woven textile material).
In the marathon, the thermal blankets that cannot be recycled have been withdrawn and the option of purchasing reusable thermal ponchos has been introduced.
- Elimination of paper in runner and supplier communications
- The official magazine is produced on PEFC (Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification) certified paper.
The Valencia Marathon has worked to receive the Green Sport Flag, the Spanish sports action plan for the environment, which applies an award system to sporting events that want to distinguish themselves for being kind and respectful of the environment and committed to the area in which they take place.
One hundred volunteers advise the runners on recycling and waste reduction during the runners’ expos for the two races.