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Eco-Responsabilitility

For several years, the Medoc Marathon has been carrying out numerous actions to make this race an eco-responsible event.

Here is a non-exhaustive list of our actions:

 

  • COMMITMENT #1: 50% MINIMUM RESPONSIBLE EATING

    • A healthy and diversified diet offer
      • Mostly ORGANIC fruits are offered on all the refreshments (Apples, Oranges)
      • Pre-race meals are mainly composed of pasta with vegetables and protein (meat or fish depending on the year)

 

 

    • We favour a local, regional supply, then expanded to the nearby territories
      • Procurement related to the INTERMARCHE brand with a regional base in the South-West region
      • Biscuit LU: Factory located in Cestas near Bordeaux
      • MIRA Beer: Brewer located on the Bassin d’Arcachon
      • Oysters from Bassin d’Arcachon
    • A 100% organic product refreshment on the route in partnership with BIO C BON

 

 

  • COMMITMENT #2: ENCOURAGING PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION AND CAR-SHARING

    • Incentive to use the buses of the Nouvelle Aquitaine Region and the SNCF trains from Bordeaux on our various communication media (website, newsletter)
    • Incentive to give preference to accommodation on the Medoc area to limit transport:
        • Partnership with Pauillac tourism office and Omystay.
        • Partnership with Medoc tourism offices.
        • Partnership for rental of Van adapted to sleep on site
        • Setting up of official shuttles for the Medoc Marathon from Bordeaux, on Friday, Saturday and Sunday

 

 

  • COMMITMENT #3: PURCHASES BASED ON THE SELECTION CRITERIA “CORPORATE SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY”

    • Priority to European suppliers for our purchases.
    • Long-term relationships of trust have been established with our partners for years. Willingness to build long-term partnerships with our suppliers so that the relationship is a win-win.

 

  • COMMITMENT #4: WASTE REDUCTION AND RECOVERY AND/OR RECYCLING OF WASTE

    • WILL TO REDUCE OUR WASTE
      • Communication :
        • 100% of our newsletters are sent electronically
        • We favour social networks and emails to communicate with our audience
      • Single use tableware :
        • Removal of disposable plastic cups along the way replaced by recyclable bottles with snapclick cap (cap attached to the bottle) and biodegradable cups
        • Plastic bottles from “Cristaline”, partner of the Medoc Marathon, which has been committed for several years to an eco-responsible approach, notably using a minimum of 20% recycled polyethylene terephthalate (rPET) from old recycled bottles.
        • Removal of plastic cups at snack bars and final refreshment replaced by reusable cups

 

 

        • Use of compostable dishes on snack bars and refreshments

 

    • DESIRE TO SORT OUR WASTE ON THE ROUTE AND ON THE VARIOUS SITES OF THE EVENT
      • Implementation of a specific report for waste sorting on all the waste bins of the event

 

 

  • RACE ROUTE :
    • Recycling of water bottles used on the route via waste nets

 

 

  • Each supply team has the mission of sorting 100% of the waste in its refreshment zone

 

  • STARTING & FINISH LINE AREA, SNACK BARS + VARIOUS MEALS
    • Presence of a Green Brigade on all the venues of the event to raise awareness and brief the teams of volunteers on waste sorting
    • Effective collaboration with volunteer teams and caterers to optimize waste sorting at event meals
    • Cleaning of the Pauillac docks throughout the day by a specific team
    • Already some encouraging results :
      • 50% of our waste is reused, recycled or recovered
      • Recovery of food scraps and compostable waste: +52% between 2018 and 2019
      • Sharp decrease in residual waste over the past 3 years: -22% in 2018 and – 52% in 2019.

 

  • COMMITMENT #5: RESPECT FOR NATURAL SITES

    • RACE ROUTE : Thanks to our teams of volunteers, 100% of the course is cleaned a few hours after the last runner has passed
    • STARTING & FINISH ZONE : All our facilities (100% temporary) are dismantled at D+3.

 

  • COMMITMENT #6: OPTIMIZATION OF ENERGY EXPENDITURE

    • Lighting only during the day and evening, all lighting is switched off at night
    • Widespread use of Leds for lighting
    • COSEC space to retrieve race bibs is equipped with WIFI

 

  • COMMITMENT #7: ACCESS TO PERSONS WITH DISABILITIES

    • All our sites are accessible to people with disabilities
    • Our event is open to handi cart allowing people with disabilities to participate as a team at the Medoc Marathon.

 

 

  • Collaboration with a Work Assistance Centre for the preparation of bottles (bedding) and posters offered to runners
  • Provision of disabled access in our various car parks

 

  • COMMITMENT #8: PROMOTING ACCESS TO DISADVANTAGED PEOPLE

    • We favour the recruitment of local temporary workers for the setting up and dismantling of the event with a local interim agency

 

  • COMMITMENT #9: NEW IDEAS TESTED EVERY YEAR

    • Thinking is underway to further reduce our waste
    • Willingness to give preference to allocations for runners coming from France and made with responsible materials
    • Desire to reduce the impressions related to the event each year by focusing on digital documents

 

  • COMMITMENT #10: PROMOTION OF ALL VOLUNTEERS

    • Friendly moments are organized throughout the year to thank and join our teams of volunteers
    • Highlighting the invaluable and indispensable help of our 3,000 volunteers in all our communications

 

 

  • COMMITMENT #11: COMMITMENT TO A CAUSE OF SOLIDARITY

    • 2 charities are selected by the organizers each year
      • Donation of € 8,000 to associations per year (€ 1 donated per runners) or € 4,000 per association
      • Provision of a stand on the marathon village the day before the event so that associations can present themselves and make animations/ awareness among spectators and runners.

 

 

  • Opportunities for local associations to take advantage of the event to organize festive meals around the event
    • The local Rugby, football teams  organize festive meals on the quays of Pauillac to finance their actions
    • Local associations organize «the rural market» during the Sunday Walk. The profits are distributed by the municipality housing the gourmet village to the various associations.

 

  • COMMITMENT #12: PROMOTING GENDER PARITY

    • Runners: 32% of the participants in the Medoc Marathon are women, making the Medoc Marathon the most feminized marathon in France.

 

 

  • COMMITMENT #13: 1 REFERENCE “SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT” in the organization

    • 1 person member of the Board of Directors of the “Association du Marathon des Châteaux du Médoc” is in charge of “sustainable development” issues.

 

 

  • ENGAGEMENT #14: AWARENESS ACTIONS

    • Highlighting our actions on waste sorting on our communication media
    • Creation of a web page on our website dedicated to our responsible commitments.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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