2011 Half Moon Bay International Marathon Earns ReSport Gold Certification from the Council for Responsible Sport
In its inaugural year, Coastside event showcases natural beauty and commitment to sustainability along “26.2 Miles of Running Heaven.”
Keith Peters, Executive Director
April 16, 2012 – Portland, OR: Organizers of the first-ever Half Moon Bay International Marathon established ReSport Certification from the Council for Responsible Sport as a goal in their earliest planning sessions. Their focus and commitment to preserving the environment along their piece of the California Coast was unwavering, and the result was golden – ReSport Gold Certification.
“I don’t know if there’s an advantage to applying for ReSport Certification in an event’s first year,” said Keith Peters, Executive Director of the Council for Responsible Sport. “But I do know that The Half Moon Bay International Marathon team, along with their consulting group, Athletes for a Fit Planet, took advantage of their clean slate and built a truly sustainable event, piece by piece.”
"This is simply reflective of the focus and determination of our Chief Green Officer, Ms. Jennifer Dill and our consulting partner Athlete's for a FitPlanet," said
All in all, the sustainability efforts of Half Moon Bay International Marathon organizers add up to one very well done event. Kudos to everyone involved with this effort!
The Council for Responsible Sport provides an independent, comprehensive certification for event directors to incorporate environmental and socially responsible initiatives into their events while informing consumers about events that adhere to higher standards of sustainability. CRS Certified events range in size from the ParalympicsGB Training Camp at the University of Bath in the UK, with some 150 athletes participating, to the AJC Peachtree Road Race in Atlanta, Georgia, with 55,077 timed finishers. To date, 37 different events have achieved certification from the Council for Responsible Sport, serving over 570,000 athletes in the process.
The current version of the Council for Responsible Sport’s certification standards were developed by an outside working group of 18 sustainability experts and reviewed by a wide range of stakeholders. ReSport Certification is modeled after the U.S. Green Building Council’s LEED Green Building Rating System, which certifies buildings and materials according to resource conservation and energy efficiency criteria.
Founded in 2007 to empower sporting event producers to incorporate sustainably into their events, the Council for Responsible Sport is about inspired innovation and unprecedented collaboration. The mission of CRS is to partner with stakeholders in the sports industry as catalysts for sustainable change. From half marathons to football games to lacrosse and snowboarding, the Council believes athletes and spectators alike have the opportunity to encourage sports to adopt sustainable practices.
In addition to administering a certification program for sports events, CRS also offers peer-to-peer learning communities and access to online tools, case studies and strategic partnerships to assist leaders and businesses actively engaged in the sports industry.
About the Half Moon Bay International Marathon:
Featuring "26.2 Miles of Running Heaven", the Half Moon Bay International Marathon (HMBIM) was founded in 2011 to showcase the unique beauty of the California coast along with some of the best weather a marathon athlete could ever hope for. The inaugural event in 2011 featured athletes from 25 states and 4 countries and sold out in two months despite very little promotion. An official Boston Qualifier event sanctioned by the USA Track and Field organization, the HMBIM also focused on creating an eco-friendly event to consider the precious coastal community and worked to attain official status with the Council for Responsible Sport, and received the coveted Gold Certification from this organization in the event's very first year. The HMBIM features a full and half marathon and 10k and 5k events all on the same day.