THE world running organisation the Association of International Marathons and Distance Races (AIMS) is delighted to declare the Chevron Houston Marathon as the 2015 recipient of the AIMS Green Award.
The award, which rewards and highlights best environmental practice in marathon events, will be presented to the successful American race during the AIMS Best Marathon Runner Awards Gala, to be held in Athens, Greece on Friday 6 November 2015.
Candidates for the AIMS Green Award were judged upon a number of criteria including the impact the race has had on promoting environmentally friendly practices in marathon events, how volunteers contribute to the success of the project and the ability for the race to educate younger generations about the benefits of sport and environmental protection. The two other shortlisted races were the Mexican race ‘Maratón de la Ciudad de Mexico’ and the ‘Xiamen International Marathon’ in China.
The Chevron Houston Marathon were recognised for their year round efforts towards “Going Green”. The Chevron Houston Marathon closely follows the Council for Responsible Sport’s certification standards ( These efforts include a senior manager overseeing all sustainability goals and a “Green Committee” formed to work towards attaining them.
In an effort to tackle CO2 emissions the Chevron Houston Marathon calculated the carbon footprint of a number of race elements for the first time in 2015 and will use this as a target to lower for future events. Efforts are underway already with race medals and t-shirts not being packaged individually, choosing host hotels within walking distance of race elements, ensuring all catering use recyclable materials and choosing a route designed to encompass 100% urban areas with no green space affected by runners or spectators.
In 2015 the Chevron Houston Marathon made big strides in reducing the waste created by the event. A “double sort” process was implemented to efficiently sort waste. In addition, all runner and volunteer registration was done online and all signage was created with no date to be re-used year on year. These efforts led to 76% of waste being diverted from landfill.
Paco Borao, President of AIMS commented: “I am very much looking forward to receiving the Chevron Houston Marathon to the AIMS Best Marathon Runner Gala in the home of the Marathon in Athens, Greece. Their efforts to put good environmental practice at the heart of their race have been truly outstanding. Distance running is one of the oldest sports in the world and it is good environmental practice like these efforts in Houston that help ensure the future of our sport for the future.”
Brant Kotch, Race Director of the Chevron Houston Marathon comments: “We are delighted and very proud to be receiving this award. We have worked very hard towards our sustainability goals and to receive recognition from an organisation such as AIMS means a lot. We would like to thank AIMS, their Members and Sponsors for recognising us with this award.
About the AIMS Green Award
AIMS has been honouring races with the AIMS Green Award that have shown exceptional work in this area since 2013. However, AIMS intention is not only to honour ‘environmental initiatives’ of its members, but also to help them improve their races, in terms of good environmental practices during their marathon events. To this end, AIMS in collaboration with the Institute Team for the World Environmental Alliance 2004+, a scientific non-governmental not-for-profit organization headed by Mr. George Kazantzopoulos, Member of the IOC Sport & Environment Commission since 2002, has established a set of environmental guidelines, in line with the IOC Olympic Movement’s Agenda 21**, over and above the creation of the AIMS Green Award.

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