Raising Our Standards

At Running Up For Air, we are striving to put on the most sustainable and responsible race we can.  Following are some of the initiatives we have implemented at our races:

GOLD STANDARD IN WASTE REDUCTION

Volunteer Roch Horton holding the compost from the 2023 Grandeur Event

Volunteer Roch Horton holding the total trash produced at the 2023 Grandeur Event

 

Our races utilize composting and recycling and create minimal race waste. On average, our events produce 10 gallons of trash, 30 gallons of  recycling, and 5 gallons of compost.

To view how to run an aid station with minimal waste, please watch our YouTube tutorial HERE

 

 

CUPLESS EVENT

All RUFA races are cupless events and have committed to using no styrofoam or plastic one-time use products.

Cupless racing at our 2023 Colorado RUFA Event. Hopefully this young runner grows to see cupless as the standard at events for the rest of his life.

SHUTTLE SYSTEM/CARPOOLING

Our flagship event, Grandeur Peak in Salt Lake City, utilizes a shuttling system to transport runners to/from the event. When a shuttling system is not available, we incentivize our runners to carpool, take public transportation, or use human-powered transportation to get to the event

Runners unload from the Electric Bus shuttle system utlilized at the Grandeur event

AIR QUALITY MONITORING

Through our partnership with Purple Air, we install air quality monitors at the base area and at the summit of each route. Runners have access to the AQI continuously in both locations on race day. This allows our runners to decide if they feel safe to run and/or if they want to mask for any portion of the race.

NO SINGLE USE RACE SUPPLIES

All equipment needed for each race is reused year over year and/or at multiple race locations in a given year.

ALL-ELECTRIC POWER SUPPLY

No gas generators will be used at 2024 RUFA events.  All events are powered by electric batteries, solar power or plugging in to the local power grid.

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