Green Initiatives


CRS-logo-300x138Through the Council for Responsible Sport (CRS), the Greater Kansas City Sports Commission & Foundation and the Kansas City Marathon presented by Garmin are committed to reducing the environmental impact of the event on the Kansas City community.

With the increased environmental challenges in the world, we seek to reduce our environmental impact as we continue to grow in different ways each year.  Led by guidelines set by the Council for Responsible Sport, the following is a list of our goals and initiatives:

  • Green Volunteers - green initiativesMeasure race day waste and divert at least 90% of total waste
  • Donate all leftover food items to a local homeless shelter or food pantry
  • Use zero Styrofoam – and introduce a zero Styrofoam policy for all Kansas City Marathon vendors, participants and Finish Line Festival groups.
  • Perform over 99% of registration via paperless online registration
  • Estimate the carbon travel footprint of event participants
  • Provide composting receptacles for paper cups; measure total composted
  • Solicit feedback in post-race survey from participants
  • Work with an organization to set up running shoe donation at packet pickup
  • Set up recycling opportunities for race bibs
  • Continue previously established initiatives, including providing recycling bins during race and offering compostable options
  • Work with an organization to continue to recycle medals
  • Work with an organization to recycle heat sheets on race day


Hasty Awards
Missouri Organic
Recycle Racing
Council for Responsible Sport


The mission of the Council for Responsible Sport is to provide objective, independent verification of the socially and environmentally responsible work event organizers are doing, and to actively support event organizers who strive to make a difference in their communities. The Council for Responsible Sport is an Oregon-based 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization.


The Kansas City Marathon presented by Garmin with the help from the many green partners, sponsors and volunteers has been awarded Gold Certification from the Council for Responsible Sport.  Only 20 events in the world have received gold level certification their first year filing since CRS was founded in 2008.

We would like to thank everyone who worked hard to help make the marathon a green event, propelling this event into an elite group!