Certification requires meeting or exceeding standards across five categories: planning and communications, procurement, resource management, access and equity and community legacy. ASICS LA Marathon organizers excelled in the areas of social sustainability by providing accessibility services to athletes with disabilities and working closely with the Los Angeles based non-‐profit Students Run LA (SRLA) to promote active, healthy lifestyles to local at-‐risk high school students.
Student’s Run LA has a mission to challenge at-‐risk secondary students to experience the benefits of goal-‐setting, character development, and improved health by training for and completing the LA marathon. LA MARATHON LLC provided free marathon entries to over 3,000 youth in 2015, a donation valued at over $500,000. Organizers work closely with SRLA staff to support and develop the program—since 1989, more than 57,000 students have been served by SRLA and the ASICS LA Marathon.
"It's clear that the ASICS LA Marathon is taking full account of its range of social and environmental impacts and working diligently to improve performance year after year, making it a true leader in the movement towards greater responsibility in sport," said Shelley Villalobos, certification director at the Council for Responsible Sport.
The event diverted 47% of waste generated from the landfill. When asked in a post-‐event survey of participants, ‘how important is it to you that a race has proper recycling and composting stations?’ 84 percent of people said it was either ‘very important’ (49%) or ‘important’ (35%) to them.
“Since its inception, this race has placed a priority on both accessibility and innovation,” stated LA MARATHON LLC Chief Executive Tracey Russell. “Earning a silver level certification is a testament to our team’s efforts to be socially and environmentally responsible, furthering the outstanding legacy of this incredible event.”
About LA MARATHON LLC:
LA MARATHON LLC, a subsidiary of McCourt Global, creates world-‐class experiences that ignite passion in athletes and connect communities through the transformative power of sports. The ASICS LA Marathon is among the largest marathons in the country with more than 26,000 participants, thousands of volunteers and hundreds of thousands of spectators. The “Stadium to the Sea” course, starting at Dodger Stadium and finishing near the Santa Monica Pier, is one of the most scenic in the world, taking runners on a tour of Los Angeles past every major landmark. LA MARATHON LLC will host the 2016 Olympic Team Trials for Men’s and Women’s Marathon, awarded by USA Track & Field and the U.S. Olympic Committee, which will take place in Los Angeles February 13, 2016. For more information, please visit www.lamarathon.com.
About the Council for Responsible Sport:
The Council’s vision is a world where responsibly produced sports events are the norm and its mission 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 current version of the Council’s Certification standards (v.4.2) was developed by an outside working group of both sustainability and sport industry experts, reviewed by a wide range of stakeholders throughout 2013 and implemented in January 2014. www.CouncilforResponsibleSport.org