Sustainable Running Festival

The Salzburg Marathon as a role model for the World Athletics Federation in the sustainable organization of running events.

Organic food of regional origin

In 2010, the Salzburg Marathon was the first sporting event in Austria and the first marathon event in the world to receive an official organic certificate. Since then, the event has been organically certified every year by an independent control body. This means that all food (not specifically marked as conventional) offered at the running festival in the city of Mozart comes from environmentally friendly, organic cultivation - primarily from regional production and seasonal availability, in the case of tropical fruits as organic fair trade goods. With the focus on organic nutrition, the running festivals in the city of Mozart focus on the highest quality and represent a great strength of the region. Nowhere else in the European Union is such a high proportion of agricultural land farmed organically.

At this year's running festival in the city of Mozart, there will be numerous delicious organic dishes to choose from in cooperation with Bio-Austria Salzburg.

Anyone who is fit, eats healthily and gets enough exercise takes on a lot of responsibility for themselves. This role model function often radiates out to those around them. “Running automatically brings with it a complex discussion of the topic of nutrition. For pleasurable movement we need high-quality fuel. This is exactly what participants in the running festival in the city of Mozart have been getting – even in organic quality – for years,” explains organizer Johannes Langer. With its organic focus, the Salzburg Marathon and Bio Austria Salzburg are sending a strong signal for environmental protection and sustainability and demonstrating its roots in the region.

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Close partnership with Bio Austria

Bio Austria Salzburg has been actively supporting us on our way as a loyal partner for many years. The organization of over 24,000 Austrian organic farmers sees the production of food in a holistic context. Because organic products are high-quality, healthy food, they protect our livelihoods such as soil, water and climate and preserve the biodiversity of our living space. In the federal state of Salzburg, around 60 % of the agricultural area is already being farmed organically, which is the highest proportion in the EU. “On the one hand, there is of course a very important and obvious connection between organic products, healthy nutrition and sport. On the other hand, we also care about supporting people who are not doing so well. This is an important concern of organic farmers and their way of thinking and attitude does not stop at the pasture fence," emphasizes Managing Director DI Andreas Schwaighofer of Bio Austria Salzburg.

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Further focal points of sustainability

For years, the Mozart City Running Festival has pursued an ambitious and constantly evolving ecology concept thanks to the targeted commitment of the team led by organizer Johannes Langer. All employees demonstrate environmentally friendly behavior on the event weekend.

Banning aluminum, reducing plastic: Thanks to good cooperation with the partners responsible for providing drinks, all aluminum containers and cans were removed from the event and the use of plastic bottles was greatly reduced. Fresh Salzburg spring water from tanks is offered at the refreshment stations, and electrolyte drinks are freshly mixed with powder. At the refreshment stations and at the finish line, participants drink exclusively from compostable cups (which are naturally broken down within 40 days), and a deposit system in the catering area ensures a significant reduction in waste. The starter packages are not made of plastic, but of corn starch.

Environmentally conscious arrival: The Salzburg Marathon expressly recommends that all participants travel by environmentally friendly public transport (e.g. train). In the city, public transport and bicycles are the most effective means of transport. On the day of the race, the start number is valid as a ticket for public transport in the city for the journey to and from the event - with no time restrictions on the respective competition day in the core zone of the city of Salzburg and on the S3 train line in all trains of the Salzburg Transport Association on May 10th, 11th and 12th.

Reduction of motorized traffic: With the exception of the ORF camera motorcycles, the police motorcycles and the emergency vehicles, which are important for the safe running of the event, there are no motorized vehicles on the running route. All employees and parts of the emergency services move along the route on mountain bikes or e-bikes. The Salzburg Marathon gives the city of Mozart the least traffic-intensive day of the year anyway!

Efficient logistics: Thanks to targeted considerations, the logistics trips and truck transports on the days of the marathon could be significantly reduced.

Economical and efficient use of resources: The Salzburg Marathon always favors environmentally friendly technologies.

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