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Peregrine Tri and the Council for Responsible Sport

The Peregrine Charities Triathlon in Iowa just released a press release detailing it’s partnership with the Council for Responsible Sport as a pilot event for a new sustainability certification. This Council is the brainchild of Jonathan Eng (runneng.com) and race director Jeff Henderson. What races has Jeff directed? Well some pretty well known triathlons including Musselman, an ITU Pan American Cup (in NY), and the City of Portland Triathlon, while he has also written for insidetri.com. This is the quick bio from their resporting.org website:

“The Council for Responsible Sport is a nonprofit corporation formed by organizers of the City of Portland Triathlon. In creating the triathlon based on a model of sustainable production, serendipity and intention combined to awaken a sense that the broader world of sport could do with a little cleaning. With delicate prodding from Oregon Trout, Jeff Henderson and Jonathan Eng created the Council in September of 2007.”

You can see the races that they are putting through the pilot program – a list none too shabby! The Philadelphia Tri (David Thompson won in ’06, Craig Alexander in ’07) is growing by leaps and bounds, while USA Triathlon Nationals will give them a huge stage to show what the certification is all about. Additionally, their efforts on the marathon side with the Nike All-Women’s Marathon and the Portland Marathon is a great starting point since most marathons dwarf our little triathlons (Chicago, Wildflower, Roth, and London are the only ones I can think of that can rival smaller marathons in terms of size).

The fact that the leaders of this program live and breath our sport definitely gives them a step up on making this take off. Could we see extra incentives for USAT races to get certified? Could this be something that the WTC (Ironman worldwide) or North America Sports (licencee for every US/Canadian Ironman) would adopt and champion? Could the Lifetime Series or the new British Triathlon Grand Prix propel this certification to the next level?

peregrinecharities.org/tri | resporting.org | businesswire press release:

Peregrine Charities Triathlon to Serve as Sustainability Pilot
CEDAR FALLS, Iowa–(BUSINESS WIRE)–The inaugural Peregrine Charities Triathlon, slated for September 28, 2008 at George Wyth State Park, will serve as a pilot event in 2008 for a new sustainability certification. Administered by the Council for Responsible Sport, a non-profit organization based in Portland, Oregon, the certification seeks to establish independent, objective criteria with which to identify events produced with tenets of environmental and social responsibility.

The pilot program sets forth standards in five categories of sustainability: waste, climate, materials and equipment, community and outreach, and health promotion. By pursuing these standards, the Peregrine Charities Triathlon seeks to improve its environmental footprint and its relationship with the host community. And by serving as an example for responsible event production, the event encourages positive change to occur on a wider scale.
Seventeen events across the United States, representing triathlons and marathons both big and small and in disparate geographic regions, make up the pilot program. The races include:

CB&I Triathlon (May 3, Woodlands, TX)
Reno Half-Marathon (May 4, Reno, NV)
Keuka Lake Triathlon (June 8, Keuka Park, NY)
Philadelphia Insurance Triathlon in Fairmount Park (June 21-22, Philadelphia, PA)
Deschutes Dash (July 19-20, Bend, OR)
Boulder Peak Triathlon (July 20, Boulder, CO)
Urban Epic (July 26, Portland, ME)
Haulin’ Aspen (August 10, Bend, OR)
Oregon Trout City of Portland Triathlon (August 31, Portland, OR)
San Francisco Triathlon (November 9, San Francisco, CA)
USA Triathlon Nationals (September 20, Forest Grove, OR)
Peregrine Charities Triathlon (September 28, Waterloo, IA)
Portland Marathon (October 5, Portland, OR)
Hartford Marathon (October 11, Hartford, CT)
Land Rover Pumpkinman Triathlon (October 18, Las Vegas, NV)
Nike All-Women’s Marathon (October 19, San Francisco, CA)
Marin County Triathlon (October 26, San Rafael, CA)

Further information about the Peregrine Charities Triathlon is available through the website www.peregrinecharities.org/tri. Additional sponsors and volunteers are needed. Athletes can register online, by calling Race Director Maria Benham, at 319-553-2118, or by sending an e-mail to info@peregrinecharities.org.

Further information about the Council for Responsible Sport certification is available through the website www.resporting.org.

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May 9, 2008 at 8:42 am
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