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SUISSEGAS MILANO MARATHON BECOMES THE FIRST WINNER OF THE AIMS GREEN AWARD
THE world running organisation the Association of International Marathons and Distance Races (AIMS) is delighted to declare the SuisseGas Milano Marathon as the winner of the inaugural AIMS Green Award.
The award, which highlights good environmental performance in marathon events, was presented to the successful Italian race during the inaugural AIMS Best Marathon Runner Awards Gala Dinner last night (Friday 8 November 2013) in Athens, Greece.
Also shortlisted for the award were Sweden’s GöteborgsVarvet Half Marathon and Germany’s BMW Frankfurt Marathon.
Earlier this year the SuisseGas Milano Marathon was also awarded with ReSport Silver certification (issued by the Council for Responsible Sport – USA*), becoming the first Marathon in Europe to reach this goal.
The SuisseGas Milano Marathon used a number of different initiatives to help achieve their environmental goals. These included race participants being given a free day ticket for public transport, while the Milan Municipality agreed to an “ecological day” banning all private motorised transport on the day of the race.
Participants had to register their entry online and specifically opt in if they wanted to receive finisher awards and t-shirts, reducing the number required. To further reduce the amount of waste the event generated, volunteers were trained to help with the collection of waste and recycling, the race t-shirt suppliers reduced their packaging which helped save 80kg of plastic and 60% of the heatsheets distributed at the finishing line were collected to be reused for future events.