Trailhead running could simply put on three 5K trail races and be done with it. So why go the extra step to become certified? Because we are athletes who are passionate about where we work and play.
Earning a certification from the Council for Responsible Sport formally recognizes our significant dedication to environmental and social responsibility in sport. It requires having a plan, telling the community, promoting health and wellness, and inspiring others to do the same. Trailhead Running must go through an auditing process to earn a minimum of 26 credits to achieve certification. Once this certification is earned (see timeline below), it must be maintained year over year.
Trailhead Running is incorporating environmental best practices into the Women on the Trails 5K Trail Race Series. Our mission is three-fold:
1. To showcase the Austin area trails in a non-invasive way.
2. To produce a trail running event using innovative and sustainable activities resulting in little to no waste.
3. To promote and encourage the spirit of Earth-friendly living through health, lifestyle, education, and community.
What We Did: We saved over 300 cups on the course.
How You Helped: You brought your own water bottle to use during the events.
What We Did: BYOB - We provided the goodies, you provided the bags for packet pickup.
How You Helped: You brought your own bags, resulting in a savings of 228 bags.
What We Did: Rather than pre-stuff bags for packet pickup, we enabled participants to take only the information or materials they wanted. The result? We saved over 40 pounds in paper and materials!
How You Helped: You only took what you needed.
What We Did: Targeted low water usage and used only what we needed to support the race participants.
How You Helped: You brought your own water bottle filled with water, resulting in only 6 gallons of water used for the entire 3 race series.
What We Did: Provided an "Opt Out" option for race shirts and finisher's awards during race registration.
How You Helped: 1% of all participants opted out for race shirts. Thanks for letting us know what you want
What We Did: Encouraged participants to carpool or ride bicycles to the race venue, including providing cycling maps and a place to lock bikes.
How You Helped: Whether by car or by bicycle, more of you are joining your friends to rideshare to the race!
More Fast Facts will be added throughout the year so check back!
*Data is for the three "Women on the Trails" 5K race series for 2012-2013. Estimates made for race #3 based on historical data.
Our goal is to achieve certification for all three Women on the Trails 5K Trail Race series events. Our timelines is as follows:
2012-July: Contact the Council for Responsible Sport for ReSport certification.
2012-Oct: Submit application for ReSport certification.
2012-Nov: Implement initial round of standards at first 5K trail race.
2012-Dec: Review and adjust standards.
2013-Jan: Implement second round of standards at second 5K trail race.
2013-Jan: Review and adjust standards.
2013-Feb: Implement final round of standards at last 5K trail race.
2013-Mar: Finalize certification package and submit to the Council for Responsible Sport.
2013-Aug: Achieve certification status for Women on the Trails 5K Trail Race series events.
2013-Nov: Kickoff Women on the Trails 5K Trail Race series as official Certified event series.
2013-2014: Continue refining and implementing certification standards to maintain certification status.
We are a community of athletes and as such, we all can do our part to make a difference. Trailhead running is implementing the following areas for all 5K races and we need your help:
1. No Cups on the Course -
Bring your own water bottle or carrier to use on the race course. Water will be provided of course!
Spectators are also encouraged to bring their own water bottles to stay hydrated during race day events.
2. BYOB: Bring your own bag for Packet Pickup - You bring the bags, we provide the goodies! Please bring your own reusable bag and we will be happy to fill it with your race number, shirt, and other goodies from sponsors!
3. Carpool to the Event - Ride with friends and/or families to packet pickup and the race!
4. Opt In: Shirts and Finisher's Awards - Your choice to receive a participant's race shirt AND/OR a finisher's award.
Community is all-encompassing and comprised of all the people who are involved in the race including: vendors, organizations, sponsors, neighbors, and the city in which each event takes place. Trailhead running is implementing the following areas for all 5K races and we need your help:
1. Bio Fuels - Using a generator or other gas-powered item at a Trailhead Running event? Please consider using bio fuels to power the equipment.
2. No Styrofoam - Skip styrofoam/polystyrene packaging. Trailhead Running discourages sponsors and vendors from using or donating goods in polystyrene packaging. Examples include: cups, plates, boxes, and containers. Opt for using recycled and/or biodegradable materials.
3. Locally Sourced Food/Beverage - Food and beverages provided by the event have one or more of the following sustainable attributes: is locally produced, organic, Fair Trade Certified, Food Alliance Certified, or a sustainable certification by another reputable third-party organization.
Every step we take towards sustainability gets us one step closer to reducing our overall impact to our race venues. Trailhead Running will achieve certification by focusing on these areas: waste, climate and energy, procurement and sourcing, community impact, healthy lifestyle, community involvement, inclusion, and innovation.