Running events that are environmentally sensitive

Over the past couple of years, we are starting to see events that are environmentally sensitive. For example, events by Ultra Adventures and Vacation Races.

Ultra Adventures holds running events in Zion National Park, Grand Canyon, and Bryce Canyon.  They have a sustainability mission statement with the following points:

  • Solar powered event
  • Supporting Local Businesses and artisans
  • Supporting local communities

Vacation Races holds half marathon races in various locations were there are national parks, including Yosemite, Grand Canyon, Yellowstone, Rocky Mountain National Parks, and more — which is similar to Ultra Adventures in terms of location, but are all half-marathons.  They have a “Cup Free” policy (for example, for the Yosemite Half Marathon).

The locations of these races are places where you “run where you play”m which is the tagline for Vacation Races.  [ BTW: Ultra Adventures tagline is “run elevated” ]

These events tend to be more expensive compared to road races and non-environmentally sensitive events, however, they are tend to be sold out quickly.

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