“Green Event” certification recognises the quality of initiatives that are planned, organised and implemented according to sustainability criteria.
The main attributes that are required to be classed as a “Green Event” are: resource efficiency, waste management, enhancement of the local area and social responsibility. These purposes are in line with the long-term climate strategy launched by the South Tyrol Provincial Council, which has set itself the target of reducing annual CO2 emissions per capita to under 1.5 tonnes by 2050.
Starting from 2019, the Maratona dles Dolomites – Enel has also been awarded “Green Event” status, thanks to its numerous initiatives to manage resources in the best way possible and its measures to reduce excessive energy consumption.
We are currently working on making the Maratona dles Dolomites - Enel 2023 even more environmentally friendly. Details will be announced soon.
We list below, in brief, a number of initiatives related to the sustainability of the event carried out during the past 2022 edition.
One of the most important news of the Maratona dles Dolomites - Enel 2022 is the introduction of reusable plates and dishes, which reduced the use of single-use plastic by 70%.
Green angels are the six mechanics on electric bikes who follow participants along the course.
Full-electric cars provided by Audi to accompany the jury and assistance along the race route.
Green corners, the special containers situated inside the Maratona Village and at the arrival in Corvara that allow organisation operators to help visitors to sort their waste, trying to increasingly raise awareness among people to recycle properly and waste less. In collaboration with our partner Arcese.
Re-using wood, the structures that host the various partners have been made, for the first time, from wood supplied by a local company that only uses wood taken from the trees that fell during the bad weather conditions during the Vaia storm.
Shuttle service, the shuttle that connects all the villages in Alta Badia and that participants can use to get to Badia for free to pick up their race packs. It is an essential service to avoid traffic problems and to reduce energy consumption. A free guarded bike depot service is also offered to encourage all participants to cycle to collect their bib number.
Close attention paid to materials, the Maratona Magazine is printed on recycled paper and invitations and notifications are sent to cyclists in electronic format only;
Zero-kilometre locally-sourced medal: all participants of the Maratona received a medal practically hand-made by local valley craftsmen using natural materials, like pine, pressed hay and the must-have ciüf (the local term for flora), the symbol of this edition.
Like the medals, also the trophy is made from natural materials. The square base is made of swiss stone pine wood, the cover of pressed hay, while the daisies are made of wrought iron and then painted. All strictly handmade by craftsmen from Val Badia.
The dish of the Maratona, was invented by Valeria Margherita Mosca, Andrea Irsara and the nutritionist Elena Casiraghi. The dish, which is specifically devised for cyclists, was created using only local ingredients, in keeping with the theme of the Ciüf, sustainability and locally-sourced cuisine. In a nutshell: barley, Swiss pine, fermented fir buds and dandelion.
Waste, the regulations state that any participants who throw paper or other waste on the ground during the race will be disqualified.
Volunteers, a group of forty people who spend the day after the Maratona inspecting the six Dolomite passes and the entire race route, collecting any rubbish that passers-by may have left there throughout the year.
Our partners are on the same wavelength
Many of our partners are very aware of environmental issues, which is why they find it important to work on an event as important as the Maratona.
Always at the forefront of environmental protection, the Carvico brand has designed a completely new vest compared to previous editions, distinguished by simple yet bold lines and a non-random colour: simple dark green which recalls the hues of the soil and nature.
The vest, which was given to every participant, is completely sustainable because it is made with Carvico’s eco-fabrics: Norway and Revolutional Eco. Both these fabrics are made from ECONYL®, an Aquafil brand, a 100% nylon thread regenerated from pre- and post-consumer waste materials such as fishing nets, carpet fluff and hard tulle.
The Castelli jerseys are provided in paper bags to avoid nylon ones and they also have an eco-pocket and is fitted with a number pocket incorporated into the back (no need for safety pins).
The focus remains on sustainability thanks to Enervit who devised the bag for the race packs together with the Selyn cooperative from Sri Lanka, certified WFTO (World Fair Trade Organization). A 100% cotton bag which can be used and re-used time and time again, eco-friendly
Charity work and ecology
The Maratona dles Dolomites – Enel is distinguished as ever also by the numerous charity activities it supports. This year one of the three solidarity projects is the project entitled Per fare un Ciüf ci vuole l’acqua (literally, it takes water to make a flower) launched in Uganda by the „Insieme si può“ NGO/non-profit making Association. Water remains the key element for the survival and development of the planet's most fragile and backward communities. This project is in the drilling and rehabilitation of wells for schools and villages in Uganda, where at the same time, finally thanks to water, communities are involved with demonstration gardens and agriculture.
Thanks not only to its own actions but also to the support received from its partner companies, the Maratona aims at taking increasingly big steps towards a tomorrow that knows how to look to the future with increasing respect for nature. We're all well aware that we only have one planet, and it doesn’t belong to us, it merely hosts us.
Join in and help us to make our event increasingly respectful of the environment. If we want tomorrow to be a real and liveable possibility, we must to act today.