Environmental & Social Responsibility
The Vancouver Sun Run committee recognizes the importance of being environmentally responsible and is dedicated to reducing the carbon footprint of our event. Incorporating environmentally and socially responsible practices is an important part of the operational planning, preparation and execution of the Vancouver Sun Run. Learn more about our event’s initiatives below and help us continue to make the Vancouver Sun Run a leader in event sustainability. We’re proud of the work that our spectators, volunteers, participants and staff have done to ensure our event is a leader in sustainability year after year.
Our ShoeRenu program developed to “give your shoes another finish line”, accepts gently worn shoes and distributes to the disadvantaged through the Vancouver ShoeRenu FootCare Clinics at The Salvation Army Harbour Light in conjunction with the Rotary Club of Vancouver Quadra.
The Vancouver Sun Run is proud to have donated close to $2.625 million in charitable proceeds the past 34 years. In addition to our charitable beneficiaries: the Vancouver Sun Raise-a-Reader and the Achilles Trace and Field Society. The Vancouver Sun Run also promotes charitable fundraising through our participant pledging program. This year’s local charitable partners are:
- BC Children’s Hospital Foundation
- BC SPCA
- Heart and Stroke Foundation
- BC Cancer Foundation
- Ronald McDonald House BC & Yukon
- Duke of Edinburgh Awards
Inspiring the next generation and promoting youth fitness, The Vancouver Sun Run has developed a Youth Team division which allows our youth to participate in our 10k event at a reduced rate.
A catalyst for community involvement and volunteerism, The Vancouver Sun Run involves nearly 2,500 volunteers and several school/community groups.
We encourage participants to donate their used warm-up clothing by simply leaving them at the sides of our start line. The Salvation Army picks up the clothing which is then donated back to the community through different shelters around Vancouver and others are sold in thrift stores to generate money to support their programs.
Bicycle to The Sun Run:
TravelSmart sponsors BEST’s Bicycle Valet, which offers cyclists secure temporary bike storage for up to 150 bikes, free of charge. Go to Gate C on the second level of BC Place, near the finish line.
Did you know that the 2018 Vancouver Sun Run achieved 98.2% waste diversion? You would think that over 41,000 participants would produce a HUGE pile of waste? 41,000 banana peels, 41,000 juice boxes, 41,000 milk containers, 1000’s of 1000’s of water cups…. you get the idea! With a collaborative effort from runners, vendors and Green Chair team, 7,503.50 kg of recyclable materials was successfully diverted from landfill.
For this year’s race, look out for the Green Chair recycling stations on route and throughout the finish area.
To help us achieve the same (maybe better!) we need your help; whether you are a participant, a spectator or a volunteer. Here are some simple things that everyone can do to help us achieve zero waste:
- Only take what you need! A lot of uneaten food is thrown away at events
- This applies at the water stations too; only take a cup if you need a drink
- Bring a reusable drink bottle or cup to use
- Avoid using disposable energy gel packs. These can’t be recycled and cause a significant litter problem. Reusable versions or alternatives are available!
- Recycle, recycle, recycle! Clearly labelled recycling stations will be located on the route and in the finish area. They will be supervised by friendly and knowledgeable volunteers. Take all your waste and recycling to these stations.
- Don’t forget to recycle all items that you take home from the event. All materials are compostable or recyclable! If your unsure simply ask our volunteers before you leave!
- Bring your small hard-to-recycle items from home for recycling. Green Chair are offering all participants and spectators free recycling for batteries, cell phones, small electronics and lightbulbs.