2014 TCS New York City Marathon recycling efforts to build on green initiatives totaling more than 340 tons to date
New York, April 22, 2014—In celebration of Earth Day, New York Road Runners (NYRR) announces its yearlong commitment to the health and sustainability of the environment, highlighted by the recycling and green initiatives surrounding its premier event, the TCS New York City Marathon.
“Earth Day is a symbol of respect for the health of our planet, our communities, and ourselves,” said Mary Wittenberg, president and CEO of New York Road Runners. “We are so thankful for the green spaces throughout the five boroughs where our community members of all ages—from kids to seniors—can walk, run, and play every day. We are thrilled to be able to give back to the community through our extensive sustainability and recycling efforts surrounding our largest event, the TCS New York City Marathon, and more than 65 other events each year.”
NYRR has been working hard to “green” and follow eco-friendly practices by reducing waste, reusing resources, recycling materials at events, and raising environmental awareness among participants. Since NYRR’s recycling efforts began in 2007, more than 1.4 million pounds of material has been recovered and repurposed. Below is a breakdown of NYRR’s recycling and sustainability initiatives.
New York City Marathon
Founded in 1958, New York Road Runners has grown from a local running club to the world’s premier community running organization, whose mission is to help and inspire people through running. NYRR’s commitment to New York City’s five boroughs features races, community events, youth initiatives, school programs, and training resources that provide hundreds of thousands of people each year, from children to seniors, with the motivation, know-how, and opportunity to run for life. NYRR’s premier event, the TCS New York City Marathon, features an estimated 47,500 to 50,000 participants, from the world’s elite athletes to a wide range of recreational and charity runners, and is part of the World Marathon Majors, an alliance of the world’s six biggest marathons that determines each year’s top male and top female marathoner. To learn more, visit www.nyrr.org.
“Our races are to our sport what Wimbledon and the Australian, U.S., and French Opens are to tennis, and what the Masters, U.S., and British Opens and PGA Championship are to golf. Each race has the history, the tradition, the honor roll of legendary champions, and a special place in the eyes of all to make them stand apart from the other events.” Mary Wittenberg