January 7, 2009 (Colorado Springs, CO) – USA Triathlon has expanded its “GoGreen” Initiative and its efforts to offer members access to environmentally friendly events by partnering with Athletes for a Fit Planet in 2009.
As an official supplier and USAT “GoGreen” partner, FitPlanet will be consulting USAT on the sustainability initiative behind its four owned National Championship events in 2009. Also, triathletes interested in racing environmentally conscious events can find races with the Athletes for a Fit Planet Green Events designation on the online USAT sanctioned events calendar.
“USA Triathlon has always taken seriously the responsibility of offering events that are fun, safe and fair for all participants,” said USAT CEO Skip Gilbert. “Our GoGreen Initiative and our partnership with FitPlanet take our responsibility to the next level by offering race directors the resources they need to minimize the environmental impact of their events and educating our members on where to find eco-friendly races in their area. We also want to ensure that our own championship events are conducted in a way that preserves the natural resources in the communities in which we race.”
FitPlanet works with organizers of multisport, running, cycling, and walking events in the United States, Canada, Europe and Africa to implement environmentally responsible practices. They focus on helping events reduce, recycle and compost waste, reduce and offset greenhouse gas emissions, and minimize the environmental impact of the event at the race site. They also work with sponsors and vendors to improve their environmental practices.
“Athletes for a Fit Planet is excited to be working with USA Triathlon,” said Bruce Rayner, the company’s Chief Green Officer. “USA Triathlon’s commitment to communicating the importance of environmental responsibility to its membership is vitally important to the health of the sport and the health of the planet. FitPlanet shares this mission and is looking forward to supporting USAT’s efforts, including helping to green the four USAT owned National Championship events in 2009.”