Sustainable Skye Half Marathon
The Isle of Skye Half Marathon are working hard to reduce the environmental impact of our race. Here are some of the measures we have put in place. If you have any ideas on other things we might consider, please get in touch.
Plant a Tree
Offset your carbon by planting a tree. We are proud to attract runners from all over the world to our small Island. However, we want to offer our participants an affordable opportunity to reduce the impact of their journeys and so in 2021 we launched our Isle of Skye Half Marathon Tree Grove. Our Grove now has 167 trees. For participants needing to travel, or just wanting to help with the planet you can buy a tree for just £6 to be planted in our Grove.
We constantly work to reduce the waste of unwanted t-shirts so for 2024 we are offering as part of the entry ticket to the 40th anniversary of the Sye Half Marathon the option of an organic tech-tee or commemorative gift of a similar value. If you would like to add a 10K or Skye Events t-shirt or sweatshirt to your running wardrobe then you can do that at registration where we try as best we can to produce to order. We do a limited over-run to ensure we do have garments available to buy on race day from our pop up shop.
Race Drinking Water
We want to permenantly and significantly reduce all waste associated with water stations so we'd love our runners to carry their own water. We ask where possible that all of our runners be self-sufficient with their hydration whilst out running on the course. We're encouraging everyone to practice training with this in mind by using whatever hydration method you wish. On race day itself, there will be plenty of water refill points along the route for runners to use, and for those who don't run with hydration, we will have compostable water cups and a water supply.
All finishers can expect a bespoke commemorative race medal currently in design.
We'd like to encourage participants to lift share to the event. If you would be interested in offering a seat in your car or would like a lift. You may find more details on how to arrange a lift of out Travel Tips page.
We have sustainability in mind when considering our merchandise. All fabric merchandise will be made from organic cotton or recycled fabric and where possible embroidered to ensure longevity. Runners will have the opportunity to purchase items in advance of the event and collect on the day at registration, or to buy on the day from our pop up shop.
Our Sustainability Team continue to review our Skye Half Marathon race to identify any areas where we can reduce our environmental impact. This is a constant work in progress. Some of our initiaitives include: race numbers, hospitality, and recycling.