Runners and spectators of the Marine Corps Marathon can expect an exciting new change in the event on October 26. The Aquafina® Green Team comes to town and will set up 25 recycling kiosks, with support staff, in high-traffic locations throughout the Finish Festival area in Rosslyn, Virginia.
The colorful recycling kiosks stand 6-feet tall, and will collect up to 2,700 plastic bottles each. For a third year, Arlington County will collect cardboard and plastic recyclable materials at the race finish as well as at all Arlington-based water points.
"The MCM is excited to partner with Aquafina for this initiative as part of our campaign to create not only healthy people but a healthy environment," said race director Rick Nealis. "This new program will work in conjunction with the Department of Environmental Services of Arlington County to promote recycling at this year's race."
The MCM's recycling efforts in 2007 resulted in the collection of more than two tons of recyclable materials. The addition of the Aquafina recycling kiosks is expected to increase that number significantly.
"We're pleased to provide Aquafina water for all event finishers, and as part of PepsiCo's commitment to the environment, our Aquafina Green Team will help insure the proper collection and recycling of all empty beverage containers at the event's finish area," said Andrea Seek, senior manager for Aquafina.
The Marine Corps Marathon was voted "Best Marathon for Families" and continues a combined tradition of dedication, sportsmanship and patriotism. Runners from all walks of life have participated in the world's largest marathon to not offer prize money, deservingly earning the nickname "The People's Marathon."
The 33rd Marine Corps Marathon to be held on October 26 in Arlington, Virginia and is presented by USAA, Brooks Sports, Inc., and CVS/Caremark.