Opt for paperless options whenever possible for race registrations and travel documents.
Purchase carbon offsets to minimize the impact of race travel. Terrapass guides you through the process and calculates your personal carbon footprint. Terrapass.com
Sign up for races subscribing to a green philosophy. Athletes for a Fit Planet helps race organizers produce environmentally responsible events. This includes the use of bulk water coolers on course, reusable finish line bottles and goodie bags, paperless race communications, creating athlete carpool programs and much more. The Council for Responsible Sport (also known as ReSport) partners with Fit Planet’s pledge program to offer graded certification levels to athletic events based on their implementation of green standards. The Freshwater Trust Portland Triathlon and New York’s WoolSports Musselman Triathlon are exemplary members. Afitplanet.com, Resport.org
Finally try an Xterra race! The Xterra Eco Team engages off-road triathletes in pre- or post-race work parties to preserve the natural environment in host communities. This athlete-initiated program organizes ecological restoration work parties, trail cleanup campaigns and gear recycling programs. Xterraplanet.com
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