7 November 2021

EcoMarathon

Minimising its environmental footprint is one of the Zurich Marató Barcelona's top priorities. We want our big celebration of sport to be a show of love for the city, the people who live in it and the environment, so we are taking concrete measures to make the Zurich Marató Barcelona a sustainable race.

Runners will get sustainable T-shirts. ASICS has had a strong commitment to the environment and set itself ambitious goals to protect nature ever since it came to life in Japan in 1949. This is why the T-shirts given to participants in the race will be made of 100% recycled polyester fabric.

Cobega recycles the Powerade bottles handed out to the runners at the refreshment stations, which get a second life as tape-on clips used to attach race numbers to the T-shirts of the runners, making safety pins redundant. Specifically, Coca-Cola is working towards its goal of collecting an amount equivalent to 100% of its bottles to make sure not a single one of them ends up littering our streets, let alone our oceans.

In order to facilitate recycling and waste sorting along the course of the Zurich Marató Barcelona, clean-up measures will be beefed up with:

  • 19 large containers for cardboard
  • 85 large containers for plastic
  • 18 large containers for organic waste
  • 18 large containers for rubbish
  • 100 cardboard bins

Remember: yellow is for plastic, blue is for paper and green is for glass.

Everything can be recycled and you will find recycling bins at almost every corner. You can also recycle all sorts of materials at your local green point.

Electric support vehicles are another important piece of the puzzle. The Hyundai NEXO, a hydrogen-powered car that was already chosen to open the road and carry the timer of the race in the previous edition of the Zurich Marató Barcelona, is an example of this. It emits nothing but water vapour and cleans the air as it moves around. It represents the flagship of Hyundai's efforts to develop environmentally friendly technologies.

Cardboard boxes will be placed near the start line for participants to drop off any clothes that are no longer needed and can be given to charity.

We are focused on calculating and reducing our carbon footprint, i.e. the greenhouse gas emissions resulting from the trips of the participants and the organisation of the race. Its impact can be minimised by supporting certified renewable power or forest conservation projects with a social dimension.

Promoting public transport

Barcelona boasts an extensive public transport network, so you can hop onto the metro, a bus or a train to get anywhere.

Here are the various options for travelling to the start/finish area of the Zurich Marató Barcelona using public transport.

Metro:

The organiser has struck an agreement with TMB, the local public transport company, to increase the frequency of the metro throughout the morning of the race.

L1 Red Line:
From Hospital de Bellvitge (Bellvitge) to Fondo (Santa Coloma de Gramenet)
L3 Green Line:
From Zona Universitària to Trinitat Nova

Bus:
The following lines stop at Plaça Espanya:
13. 23. 37. 46. 50. 65. 79. 91. 150. 165 y V7

Regional rail:

Sants Station is less than 15 minutes away on foot.

The organiser has struck an agreement with RENFE RODALIES so that participants in the Zurich Marató Barcelona can travel for free on the day of the race.

Barcelona and Bicing

Take a bicycle tour of Barcelona for an even more beautiful view of the city. There are 15 stations within a 750 m radius of the Zurich Marató Barcelona start/finish area.

Chemical toilets
There will be over 200 chemical toilets and urinals.
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