At 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 bagsIn 2018, the plastic runner’s bags were replaced by reusable 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.
Waste collectionIn 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, at the Valencia Marathon 2019, which saw around 22,000 runners, a total of 14,680 kilograms of waste were collected. Specifically, 10,780 kilos of plastic packaging and 3,360 kilos of cardboard. Similarly, in 2021, in which 12,800 runners participated, a total of 11,550 kilograms of wastes were collected, 7,820 kilos of plastics and 3,730 of paper. In 2021, with the race’s capacity limited by COVID, 11,550 kilograms of plastic, paper and cardboard waste were recovered and 3.27 tonnes of CO2 emissions were avoided, energy savings equivalent to the annual consumption of eleven two-person households and the daily water consumption of 1,050 people.
‘Bottle to bottle’ plastic bottlesIn 2019, together with Coca-Cola and Ecoembes, an initiative was launched that is a pioneer 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.
Clothing collectionFor 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 canvasThe 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.
EMT agreementOn 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 VehiclesAll the 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.
RENFE agreementAll 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.
TrophiesThe trophies for the Spanish winners are made from sustainable materials.
GymsacksPlastic bags have been replaced by reusable gymsacks (non-woven textile material).
PonchosIn 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.