File: The Discovery Vitality Run Series took place on Saturday.
CAPE TOWN – The Association of International Marathons and Distance Races (AIMS) has presented the Sanlam Cape Town Marathon with the 2017 AIMS Green Award.
AIMS presents the award annually to reward excellence in environmental practice.
“We’re incredibly excited,” says race ambassador Elana van Zyl-Meyer. “As organisers, we’re acutely aware of our duty to ensure that we protect the fragile environment in which our event takes place.
“With over 20 000 runners and their supporters descending on an ecologically sensitive environment between the ocean and Table Mountain National Park, we have a great responsibility to take care of the environment.”
Van Zyl-Meyer thanked all runners who supported the Cape Town Marathon RunGreen campaign, which involved constant communication around initiatives such as “chuck zones” along the route for the disposal of litter, a “zero waste to landfill” policy that aimed to recycle all waste.
As a result, during the 2017 event, waste was reduced by over 25 percent per runner thanks to an on-site waste-sorting facility.