By taking up the RunGreen pledge, participants have the opportunity to play an active role in environmental initiatives. The RunGreen campaign encourages runners not to litter, to respect the environment by running for nature, to measure and offset their carbon footprint, and to support broader carbon-neutral projects.
With assistance from the Climate Neutral Group, a recognised provider of carbon management and offsetting services, the marathon strives to facilitate a positive environmental impact in South Africa. To this end, it supports the Greenpop Urban Greening and Reforestation programme, the Wonderbag Project, the Joburg Waste to Energy programme, and the Basa Magogo Project.
Elana van Zyl - Meyer, ambassador for the Sanlam Cape Town Marathon, says, “All runners can support the ‘sustainable events’ initiative by taking the pledge to RunGreen, and help unite our country in looking after our beautiful city, country and planet.” Participants can support this cause via our recognised charities, at all activations or at the Sanlam Cape Town Marathon Expo at the charity and partner stands. A minimum fee of R50 paid prior to the event gives participants Run4Change socks to be worn during their race and a pledge sticker. The sticker can be affixed to the ‘pledge wall’ at the expo, together with a message to RunGreen.
With participants from over 60 countries winging their way to South Africa for the event, supporting GreenPop, which plants trees across South Africa, Zambia and Tanzania, is the perfect way to offset their carbon footprint. Since its establishment in 2010, GreenPop has planted over 79 000 indigenous and fruit trees, providing daily benefits to 350 000 people.