Sport Evolution, the Polish IRONMAN licensee and operator of both 5150 Warsaw and Enea IRONMAN 70.3 Gdynia, has revealed environmental initiatives that the races are going to take on in the 2020 season.
According to the race organiser, 2020 is ‘going to be a breakthrough year in terms of the ecological approach for 5150 Warsaw and Enea IRONMAN 70.3 Gdynia events.’
“We are taking this very serious, and 2020 is going to be just the beginning of our journey towards green events,” said Race Director Michał Drelich. “Our goal is to follow the best global practices and become a benchmark for other Polish event organizers in this area.”
The plan features the following initiatives:
- Deposit and transition bags produced from ocean waste plastic;
- Withdrawal of plastic cups from aid stations;
- Using electric cars during the events;
- ‘Zero waste’ strategy – aiming to minimize waste, including donating food after the event to local charities;
- Waste segregation on race weekends;
- Organized collection of waste, plastic bottle caps and used clothing;
- Reduction of printing materials, including removal of the printed Official Race Magazine (now digital only);
- A trial of biodegradable water packaging at aid stations; and
- Collection of all PET bottles on race weekends for recycling.
The organiser adds that this is not a complete list. Both events in Poland have also launched a strategic cooperation with State Forests in Poland – the governing body for the forest areas in the country. Here the aim is to establish an ‘Iron Forest’.
“Our ambition is to become neutral in terms of CO2 emissions,” continued Michał Drelich. “To achieve this, we need to compensate for the entire emission generated by the events. That is why we will raise funds to plant a so-called Iron Forest. This is going to be a gift for nature from the triathlon community.”
On December 3rd at 16:00 CET online registration to Enea IRONMAN 70.3 Gdynia opened. Many entries had already been sold in the pre-registration process. Entries for 5150 Warsaw have been available for a couple of weeks, with 50% of entries already sold. Both registration are available on the SlotMarket.pl registration platform.
- The participation limit for the Sprint Triathlon held the day before Enea IRONMAN 70.3 Gdynia has been increased up to 1500 athletes.
- In addition, the participation limit for Sprint Triathlon Relays held the day before Enea IRONMAN 70.3 Gdynia has been increased up to 150 teams.
- Flexible payment plans have been introduced allowing athletes to postpone payment up to 30 days with no additional costs. There is also an instalment payment option. In addition, there are no processing fees on top of the entry fee.
“We do hope this will make entering the event more accessible for athletes,” said Piotr Jakóbik, Marketing Director at Sport Evolution,. “Let’s acknowledge that triathlon requires some spending from athletes – not only to participate in races but also for training, nutrition, equipment and so on. We believe flexible payments plans will make it easier to fit the entry fee into the athlete’s budget.”