Why an eco-friendly race management company?
A while back I brought my daughter to a keiki run that was part of a very large race in Honolulu. When we finished, my daughter and I walked around to grab her finisher’s medal and get something to snack on. I was floored by what I saw. Hot dogs and chips and cookies and juices filled with high fructose corn syrup; and a fast food mascot next to a macaroni and cheese mascot. By the time we left, my daughter had probably eaten twice as many calories as she’d expended during the run. The whole thing was so ridiculous I couldn’t believe it. I had brought my daughter to this run so I could teach her about living a healthy lifestyle. Needless to say, we didn’t return. I decided I wanted to create a sporting event that would promote health 1st and hope to attract sponsors with the same values. I wanted to use local food growers who didn’t use GMO’s or high fructose corn syrup.
The second reason came to me when I was running a local marathon. I was looking around and marveling at the amazing and beautiful place we call home. My eyes wandered to the ocean and to the mountains, and I was in awe. Then I slipped on some drink cups. I started looking down at this terrible mess of cups and Gu pouches and other rubbish runners had discarded all along the route. I thought to myself “there has to be another way.” I think one of the main reasons we run is to experience the natural settings around us. We (runners and walkers) should be the last people littering.
So I said “to heck with it” and started something I hope will catch on. Stamina uses cup-free racing and has a no-littering policy. Our finish line foods will be locally grown and/or contain nothing artificial and/or organic. We’re currently seeking out sports drinks for our aid stations that contain natural ingredients and aren’t cost prohibitive. Our race bibs are made from 100% post-consumer recycled material, and (when I can get them) have seeds embedded so you can take your bib home, put it in your garden or a flower pot, and watch wildflowers grow. We reuse our timing tags so they don’t end up in the landfill. For our last race we went to the Salvation Army and got some pieces of wood to make into awards. Our finishers medals are made from 100% recycled glass by a non-profit company that helps assist homeless and low-income people through emergency services, housing, jobs, training, and other charitable endeavors. And we are currently trying to find companies that can help us make t-shirts using 100% recycled/organic materials in a cost-effective manner.
This is a young company, and as things progress Stamina will continue to lead the way in eco-friendly racing. Don’t be surprised if you come to one of our races and see windmills and solar panels powering the start.
Manager, Stamina Race Event Management Hawaii