Home FEATURE STORIES TWGHs “iRun”- Hong Kong Jockey Club Special Marathon 2019

TWGHs “iRun”- Hong Kong Jockey Club Special Marathon 2019

Date: 13th Jan, 2019
No. of participants: 
Tung Wah Group of Hospitals
Event Type: 
Inclusive running race

Aimed at encouraging sport participation of the people with Intellectual Disabilities (ID), participants of all classes were brought together to enjoy building mutual understanding through sports and to celebrate social inclusion. The running track spanned from Central and Western District Promenade to Central Section and Lung Wo Road.

Green Highlights:
Green measures easily accepted by everyday people may not be easily understood and accepted by runners with ID. But the organizer was determined to bring out the green message to all participants with carefully designed and step-by-step guide of green measures. The organizer started the green preparation in the early stage and reserved budget for green measures when preparing the funding proposal. A three-year waste reduction goal was set out for the event.

Green Measures

Event Registration / Promotion:
.Having considered the needs of runners with ID, both online and paper applications were accepted in the beginning and will eventually be moved to online only.

Event Booklets / Promotional Materials:
.The event aimed towards paperless. By using electronic posters and event booklets, the total numbers of hard copies for posters and event booklets had been significantly reduced by 50% and 75% respectively as compared to the previous year.
.Fundraising team hosted the event briefing in person so as to reduce paper printing.

Food & Beverage Procurement:
.Products with light packaging were chosen.
.Recyclable packaging was sent to recyclers.

Utensils / Food Container:
.Recyclable plastic cups were used instead of single-use paper cups in water-filling stations and were all collected and recycled.

Surplus Food / Food Waste:
.Order food and drinks according to the number of participants to reduce surplus food.
.All surplus food was donated to people in need.

Souvenirs / Race Packs / Certificates:
.It was a precious opportunity for people with ID to join running races, so they treasured the runner’s tees very much. Thus, the organizer still gave out free tees but did not print year or date information on them so participants could keep wearing them for years. Participants could also choose not to take the tees.
.The windbreaker for guests and staff were double-sided with different logos on each side which could be suitable for wearing at other events.
.The organizer got consent from sponsors to use number cloth to replace coupons in order to reduce paper consumption.

Plastic / Gear Check Bags:
.Participants were required to bring their own bags, such as used gear check bag or water-proof bags, instead of producing new plastic bags.

Carbon Emission:
.Participants were encouraged to take public transport to the event venue.

Stage Setup / Banners / Signage:
.Event date was not printed on most of the banners and signages, thus they could be reused in future events.

Waste Collection and Recycling Facilities:
.Recycling facilities and signages were set up at prominent locations.
.Event staff members were assigned to assist participants in recycling at recycling stations.
.Recyclables were sent to reliable recyclers for processing.
.A green group was invited by the organizer to be a green consultant of the event. Annual waste audit was conducted to check the progress against the three-year waste reduction goal.
.66.99 kg of plastics and 246 kg of cardboards were collected for recycling.
.Waste load of the event reduced by 6.7% as compared to the previous year (original goal was 5%). Reduction rate of large-sized waste was 3.5%.

Green Message Promotion:
.Informed all participating groups about the green measures and guidelines in the pre-event briefing session.