Sustainability

Sports organization Le Champion, organizer of the TCS Amsterdam Marathon, wants to contribute to a healthy and active society and a healthy lifestyle for people of all ages, by inspiring and enthusing them to sport and exercise. This objective also directly contributes to the promotion of sustainability. We organize our events as sustainable as possible and to use them for good causes. On this page you will find more information about sustainability during the TCS Amsterdam Marathon.

By increasing sustainability during the event we increase the positive and minimize the negative impact of our own business operations. Le Champion aims to make every event sustainable and also expects this of its partners.

Sustainability during the event

Raw materials/waste
  • During the TCS Amsterdam Marathon many participants and spectators are present. In order to get them to separate (litter) as well as possible, the waste bins will be clearly marked. A Le Champion Green Team will also be present. They will ensure that (litter) is cleaned up and collected separately. All suppliers involved will be informed of these interests in advance.
  • Around the Olympic Stadium there is a deposit system on hard plastic cups.
  • Since 2021 the Official Mizuno Race Shirt is no longer packaged in plastic.
  • Dixi only uses environmentally friendly cleaning products.
  • All urine is collected and transported to Waternet, which extracts valuable nutrients from it.
  • On the course participants will get food and drinks at care stations along the way. When choosing these products, we try to minimize the amount of packaging. If there is any packaging, the waste is collected in a mono-flow.
Mobility
  • Participants and supporters are encouraged to travel by bicycle or public transportation as much as possible.
  • Local suppliers are used as much as possible to limit the number of travel movements. For example, the medal is designed and produced in The Netherlands by Koninklijke Begeer. Koninklijke Begeer considers sustainable business practices very important. They collect all residual waste that is released during production. They return this waste to the supplier, who remelts it into new raw material, reusing up to 99% of it. The medals of the TCS Amsterdam Marathon are mainly produced from recycled material.
  • The events logistics operation is carefully planned in advance, so that only the necessary travel movements take place.
Energy
  • Refreshment points and catering points will be set up as much as possible in places where fixed power and water points can be used. If no fixed power point is available, a mobile battery or a renewable and fossil-free fuel will be used.
  • If lighting is required, LED lighting will be used as much as possible.
Food & Drinks
  • Free tap water is available around the stadium for participants.
  • The available stock products will first be used up as much as possible before purchasing. If there are any products left over after the event, they will be donated to, for example, the Food Bank or the fruit to a zoo.
  • Participants, volunteers and employees are encouraged to bring their own sufficient food and drinks.

Certificates

In 2015, the TCS Amsterdam Marathon, together with the Dam tot Damloop, was the first running event in the Netherlands with the sustainability certificate "Barometer Sustainable Organizing" from the Sustainable Organizing Foundation.

In 2021, the TCS Amsterdam Marathon achieved the Future Proof Festival certificate.