The foundation of the Whaka100 was built on love for the forest. Respecting the land we walk, run and bike on is at our core focus, and we aim to be doing our very best as users and caregivers of this special space. 🍃
You can be rest assured that you are coming to an event that’s working hard to reduce the impact on the forest and New Zealand. Here’s a glimpse of what we are doing this year to be as sustainable as possible:
Making it shiny AND sustainable
Nothing better than finishing a tough event and being presented with that big shiny medal? Well ours are shiny and are all made from recycled metals and recycled plastic bottles. Plus, our race plates are recycled meaning that (if you don't want to hang it on your commemorative wall) it will still go to good use.
Cutting the crap with our no-crap packs Nothing worse than going to an event and your race pack is full of leaflets that just end up in the bin? That's why we work with our partners to give you useful, practical and long-lasting goodies on the day.
Saying goodbye to riders that litter As part of the Whaka100 race rules, we’ve made littering by participants grounds for immediate disqualification. To encourage positive behaviour, we also made discarding waste a little more fun through ‘shot boxes’. On the course, after the aid stations, riders can throw their trash at the shot boxes, which then drop into a bin for easier collection. We also sponsor running groups to hit the trails and pick up any extra trash they find - the trails are often cleaner after the event than we found them!
Friends with the right stuff: aligning with sustainable partners.
A good partnership starts with sharing the same values, which is why we look for partners equally as sustainably ambitious as us. That is why we are proud, and lucky to have organisations like PermaPine, our 100km partner. Permapine’s product is clearly a greener choice, with wood capturing carbon and easy end-of-life. They also have a closed-loop system at their plant, where they use offcuts and by-products to run the mill, so the whole tree is used as efficiently as possible.