Awareness-raising

A magical playing field

Don’t forget this formidable pitch is part of a natural area that we must protect if we want Val d’Aran by UTMB® to last.

Different types of paths will allow you to discover the variety of natural resources that the valley has to offer, with landscapes, nature and geology of special interest. If you would like to know more about these areas of special ecological value along all our routes, we encourage you to take the time to take into account the significance of your race in a larger context.

Soon we will provide you with a runner’s and companion’s manual containing a background of “best practices” in the field.

Natural spaces

It is impossible not to talk about the natural heritage when the territorial anchorage of Val d’Aran by UTMB® is evoked. Our four races cross biodiversity-rich areas identified by their rarity and importance of their ecosystems. Feel lucky to discover the sublime territory of Val d’Aran while enjoying your race, although it includes a responsibility to protect it.

Let’s fight against soil erosion

Please, don’t use shortcuts, don’t abandon the track, particularly in those places where the effect of rain erosion is most evident. Along the route you will find specific signs where you will have to pay special attention to avoid deterioration in the sensitive sectors. Let’s play the path!

Efficient Transport Services

Towards an eco-friendly event, we are looking to upgrade the transport infrastructure by optimizing the public transport in order to significantly reduce car use and associated pollutant emissions during the event. We also aim to improve bus operations for runners and companions to minimise empty bus journeys.

The organising committee is working to set up an exceptional public transport plan for runners, companions and other tourists to allow them all to enjoy the event in the best possible conditions preventing pollution and limiting our environmental impact.

An ambitious and eco-responsible transport plan

Days before the race, we will publish a reliable bus service schedule to help runners and companions to organize their adventure while travelling efficiently to all strategic points along the route. We will assist public in offering:

  • Free transport for race participants
  • Optimization of the bus services for volunteers
  • Attractive rates for companions and tourists during the weekend

Decalogue of good practices

Our races will help you to discover a landscape and orography suitable for a perfect understanding of the environment and dynamics of Val d’Aran.

We strive to contribute to the care and protection of the natural environment we are active in. Therefore, we will to make a commitment to carrying out an impact assessment of the event to reduce waste generation in the future. Together with various environmental management professional bodies we will follow up all related issues in order to care the natural environment during the event, and more particularly of the ecological value areas.

An “Environmental Ambassadors” team, formed by former students from ETEVA Environmental Education Course, will ensure the conservation of these natural areas we will to protect.

 

Please, take your waste. Don’t dump your trash in nature!

 

Here some good practices to develop, especially in rural and natural areas:

 

Bring sustainability thinking into daily life

1. When it comes to consumption, do it in a sustainable way. Support the local market by buying local and sustainable products.

2. Follow the 4Rs strategy: reduce, reuse, recycle and recover raw materials, goods and waste as much as possible.

3. Separate your waste and take it to the appropriate container. Remember that your hazardous waste must be managed by an authorised organisation. Do not use the drainage system indiscriminately to dispose of your waste.

4. Practice water-saving measures.

5. Save and conserve energy, not using more that you need. Promote renewable energies (solar, biomass, etc.) to reduce pollution.

6. Do not use appliances at half load.

7. Do not use the car when it is not necessary. Walk, cycle or take public transport.

8. Noise is also a form of pollution.

9. Do not use products that are harmful to the environment, avoid those that contain aggressive chemicals and are detrimental for humans and the environment. Use soaps that are free of phosphates, biodegradable substances, etc. instead. Choose energy-saving bulbs.

10. Keep in mind the top human values: co-responsibility, education, solidarity, respect and civility.

Keep up your good shopping and recycling habits

1. Buy only what is necessary, not what is convenient.

2. Commit to environmentally-friendly products and services.

3. Reject “throwaway” culture. Choose exceptional products that are made to last.

4. Refuse unnecessary product packaging.

5. Avoid single-use drink containers. Bet on reusable containers, rather than recyclable ones (metal, plastic, bricks…). Choose to buy drinks in glass bottles or jars. Better if they are returnable.

6. Avoid the use of plastic bags and unnecessary packaging in your daily shopping. Take your own basket, shopping cart or reusable bag.

7. Used batteries must be deposited in specific places. Use rechargeable batteries when possible.

8. Choose products that are less harmful to the environment as far as possible. And, if necessary, make sure that this toxic or dangerous waste is collected by authorised waste managers.

9. Bio-waste recycling and separate collection is the best solution in favour of natural composting process.

10. Choose recycled paper or chain of custody paper from sustainable forest management that has not been bleached with (ecological) chlorine. Use both sides. Recycle paper and cardboard.

Practice sustainable sports

1. Take care of the facilities as if they were your own and reduce energy consumption in them.

2. Do not throw away any material without first trying to repair or reuse it. 

3. Reduce water consumption: don’t forget to turn off the tap when you soap yourself, when you get out of the shower or when you finish drinking, and don’t play with the water.

4. On long journeys where you cannot walk or cycle, use public transport and, if this is impossible, try to occupy all the seats in the car.

5. Try to make as little noise as possible while you are playing sport.

6. After its final use, deposit the waste in the corresponding container.

7. If you do sports in a natural environment, respect it, and keep it clean of waste and materials.

8. Read, learn and inform yourself about sustainability in sport.

Responsible and sustainable tourism

1. Empathise with your surroundings, i.e. put yourself in the situation of the people and living beings you are going to visit to better understand their reactions to your presence. Respect local customs in the way you dress and behave publicly.

2. Learn from what you see so that you can adapt to the new environment. Travelling is the best learning experience if we know how to take advantage of it. All the places where we travel preserve a history, culture and natural values of their own: those of us who decide to travel should inform ourselves about these aspects, so that our attitudes and behaviour do not harm them.

3. Make a positive impact with your presence. If you consume natural products from the area, as well as enjoying the authentic local gastronomy, craftsmanship… you contribute to family economies and to the survival of authentic rural tourism, with a use of the land that is compatible with the conservation of the environment.

5. Show patience and understanding in situations that are strange or absurd by your standards.

6. Recognise the importance of the dignity of both parties: local people and foreigners.

7. Help protect natural ecosystems by respecting local fauna and flora, and not by polluting. Protected natural areas were created to preserve places and species of great ecological value and often in danger of extinction. All of them have reception and interpretation centres that provide the necessary guidelines to value their importance and to enjoy the visit more.

8. Do not trade in unauthorised species. Never acquire souvenirs from wild fauna species catalogued in the international convention CITES. Don’t take what you shouldn’t.

9. Educate and teach also, especially children, that the traveller is not a walking gift. Educate them to respect nature, people and their identity and cultural heritage.

10. Choose a tourist establishment which has adopted measures to reduce the impact on the landscape and the environment (traditional architecture, savings in energy and water consumption, collective guest transport, etc.), thus contributing to developing and encouraging this type of initiative.