Going Green

Eco MCMMCM Earns Greeen Certification for Curtailing Environmental Impact

The Marine Corps Marathon (MCM) has twice received silver-level certification from the Council for Responsible Sport (CRS) for sustainable efforts.  The MCM is one of the largest events to receive recognition.  

"MCM organizers have a history of producing sustainable events," says Keith Peters, Executive Director of the CRS.  "In October 2009, the MCM organization first achieved Silver Certification and, in May 2010, the MCM applied for and achieved CRS Certification for the Marine Corps Historic Half marathon.  To earn re-certification for the MCM reinforces the organization's ongoing commitment to improvement and sustainability."

2011 CRS"It has been a strategic goal of the MCM to incorporate sustainability throughout the entire organization of the marathon," says Angela Huff, MCM Deputy Director.  "With long-range planning and coordination operationally, logistically and even through marketing and promotional efforts, the MCM has been able to maintain a smaller footprint with less impact on the environment."

In 2013, the MCM in partnership with Turbana introduced composting as part of the Finish Festival greening efforts. Additional efforts include the introduction of finisher jackets replacing mylar wraps and a more comprehensive trash and recycling support across the entire course.


The Fredericksburg Expo & Conference Center, home of the Historic Half Healthy Lifestyle Expo, is dedicated to assisting in reducing pollution, excess waste and the footprint all events leave behind. The facility strives to reinforce the importance of the collaborative responsibility all parties have to reduce waste.




An aggressive recycling effort supported by the Rosslyn Business Improvement District and Arlington County's Department of Environmental Services in areas along the course in Arlington and at the Finish Festival led to the collection of 3.2 tons of recycling materials, the largest haul in the three years of this program. Additionally, clothing shed by runners on the streets of Rosslyn will be provided to a local shelter.



Staying at the headquarters hotel? The Hyatt Regency Washington on Capital Hill is one of only two "Green Seal Approved" hotels in Washington, DC with a host of programs to minimize waste and maximize efficiency.   Hargrove, the show designer for the MCM Health and Fitness Expo by GE also operates with a variety of eco-oriented programs.


Runners and spectators saw lots of event signage throughout race weekend to designate locations, provide directions and more. The MCM makes every effort to reuse banners from year to year to reduce waste and save the energy needed to produce more. Additionally, Britten Banner, producers of the MCM finish line banners, reconfigure the non-reusable signage into new products including tote bags.

Arlington County will have two Water Stations set up in the Finish Festival on race day on the corners of Moore St. and Wilson Blvd, and Lynn St. and Wilson Blvd.  Be sure to look for the ClearStream recycling containers placed throughout Rosslyn, VA to recycle your Deer Park water bottles from the finish line! 



The MCM encourages running groups and individual runners to pick up trash along their routes when they see it.  Every little bit helps!  Take photos and e-mail them to the MCM!




The simple act of taking public transportation instead of driving a vehicle can reduce hundreds of tons of CO2 emissions. Get around town during the MCM weekend by taking Metro. The DC Armory, home of the Health and Fitness Expo by GE, is convenient to the Blue line. On race morning, the blue and yellow lines to the Pentagon Station offer the easiest access to baggage drop-off and the start area.






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