Nelson’s races are cupless, and they sort all their waste after the race ends. Additionally, they purchase food with little associated trash, and racer giveaways that have recycled content can be recycled again or come in less packaging.
Eva Solomon, CEO and founder of Epic Races, says they have to be careful about the cups of water that are given out at her races. She says in a phone interview there are corn-based alternatives that can be composted, but she’s seen them melt in the heat. Otherwise, their races use cups with no wax coating that can be composted.
Sometimes she says they will have to find a special place to recycle cups when they are donated by a brand.
“We don’t want to ask people to carry in their own water bottles to use during the race,” Solomon says. “Our events are an experience, and we want racers to feel supported.”