8 Reasons to Race With the Sustainable Sports Foundation
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The SSF's goal is for all races to be zero waste, carbon neutral events. The events use power generated by solar energy, green portable toilets and recycled materials for race shirts. Organic food and beverages are available, and the directors continue to seek out vendors who share the same environmentally friendly beliefs.
Green Street Cred
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Triathlete Magazine named the SSF triathlon as the greenest race in the world and one of the 100 best triathlons overall. Additionally, its inaugural triathlon was certified as an Evergreen event—the first and highest level of certification awarded by the Council for Responsible Sport.
Net Proceeds to Charity
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Curious about where your registration money is going? The SSF funnels its profits back into the community. All net proceeds—more than $750,000 thus far in six years of existence—are donated to charity, including a scholarship program that teaches kids from low-income families how to swim and be safe in the water.
Variety of Events
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Not ready for a triathlon? Not much of a runner? No worries, the SSF has you covered. It offers a multitude of events, including a sprint distance swim, a kids and family relay, a duathlon and several other options.
Clean Out the Garage
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Still looking to get rid of that old gear that has been in your garage for the last few years? All participants are encouraged to bring used running shoes, race clothing and additional gear to be recycled or donated to organizations in need.
Race Day Goodies
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Who doesn't love some goodies? Participating in one of the SSF events can score you souvenirs such as T-shirts, swim caps and beach towels. Additionally, to continue with the eco-friendly trend, everyone receives a pack of organic local seeds to plant, a recycled material medal and a stainless steel water bottle.
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Enjoy the California weather and run alongside an array of trees on the bay coastline. Swim in the San Pablo Bay, an estuary that forms an extension of the famous San Francisco Bay. For those coming from out of town, downtown San Francisco is less than 25 miles from the events, allowing for an easy opportunity to sightsee.
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After you put in the work, you deserve to treat yourself to a delicious post-race meal. From oyster bars and clam chowder bread bowls to gourmet steakhouses, the Bay Area is known for its delicacies, and you will have plenty of options to cure your hunger and replenish your body.