The Achill Half Marathon and 10K attracts up to 1,200 participants annually. Keeping these runners hydrated required approximately 12,500 bottles of water at refreshment stations along the route. Keen to reduce the negative impact of large events on the environment, AchillTourism.com and the Achill Half Marathon committee teamed up with local secondary school, Colaiste Pobal Acla, for an alternative initiative to mark #climatestrike day.
The students competed in a 6k race, and rather than using single use plastic bottles, they were offered filtered water served in reusable cups
With the help of Refill.ie, the reusable cups will be collected, steam cleaned and reused at other events around the country. Eliminating 12,500 plastic bottles from the Achill Half Marathon is just the start. The organisers hope that other events will follow suit and ultimately remove millions of bottles annually from such events.
Earlier this year, the Achill Half Marathon was voted Ireland’s Most Scenic Route and the message from the students was that they want to do their utmost to look after it.
This year’s race takes place on 6th July.