Pennsylvania’s GAP Relay Goes Carbon Neutral

Press release from American Trail Running Association member Pittsburgh Three Rivers Marathon.

Pittsburgh Three Rivers Marathon, Inc. (P3R) is partnering with the Pennsylvania Environmental Council (PEC) to host its first carbon-neutral event and one of the first-carbon neutral trail running endurance events at the 2019 GAP Relays, a two-day non-stop 150-mile relay race along the Great Allegheny Passage from Cumberland, Md., to the Southside of Pittsburgh.

As part of the efforts to reduce carbon footprint and offset environmental impact of the event, which runs through the scenic mountains, valleys and charming towns along the Great Allegheny Passage, about 150 new trees will be planted along the trail, representing each mile of the race.

Riegner Narrows along the GAP Relay course.

This partnership aligns with P3R’s year-round commitment to hosting “zero-waste” events and achieving green initiatives. In February 2019, P3R was presented with two “Zero Waste Achievement Awards” from The Pennsylvania Resources Council in recognition of their commitment to minimizing the amount of solid waste sent to area landfills during their two largest races.

P3R is dedicated to sustainability practices, working with the Pennsylvania Resources Council since 2011 to create a comprehensive Zero Waste Program during their year-long calendar of races. The organization’s largest event, the Dick’s Sporting Goods Pittsburgh Marathon achieved a 94% waste diversion rate in 2018, and the 2018 EQT Pittsburgh 10 Miler reduced its landfill waste by 1,500 pounds.

Along with the partnership, the Pennsylvania Environmental Council will be participating in the GAP Relay by entering two teams.