The Credit Union Cherry Blossom Ten Mile Run is committed to environmental and social sustainability and has achieved Gold Level Inspire Status for our efforts by the Council for Responsible Sport ( In 2019, we will continue to make strides and implement additional techniques to make the event even more sustainable, and you can help!  

You can help us be more sustainable on race weekend by doing the following:

  • Use our free bike valet to travel to and from the expo and race
  • Help us divert waste from the landfill by dropping all recyclable and compostable items at recycling stations at the expo and throughout the staging area of the race
  • Look for volunteers in green-colored GREEN TEAM vests who can help direct you where to dispose of recyclables, compost and trash
  • Help us keep our city clean by not dropping items such as clothing or food wrappers on the ground along the course – there will be places to properly dispose of these items in the staging area
  • Give your old running shoes new life by donating them at the Expo

 Some of our efforts to reduce waste include:

  • Implementing paperless registration for both race participants and volunteer
  • Providing virtual goodie bags
  • Providing medals only if participants opt in
  • Collecting used running shoes at the expo for donation
  • Encouraging expo and race vendors to minimize and recycle packaging
  • Donating unused food to local food banks
  • Collecting and donating all discarded clothing on the course to local organizations
  • Upcycling heat sheets through Blankets to Boards: (
  • Composting all food waste and other organic materials, including cups
  • Recycling water bottles
  • Collecting and recycling granola bar and other wrappers and films separately so they can be recycled through special programs
  • Working with the General Services Administration (GSA), to help make the expo at the National Building Museum a green event by helping to maximize recycling and composting and minimizing trash to the landfill or incinerator

Our goal is to divert a minimum of 75% of waste on race weekend.

Some of our other sustainability initiatives include:

  • Encouraging the use of Metro to travel home from the race and offering a free bike valet parking area
  • Procuring water from a local source
  • Since 2010, donating more than $45,000 to Native Energy ( to offset the carbon footprint of runners traveling to DC for the event
  • Working with under-represented groups and non-profit organizations, such as Teens Run DC (, to reduce barriers to participation in our event
  • Encouraging participants to visit locally owned businesses in the Washington metropolitan area during race weekend

Want to know more about our journey toward ever-increasing sustainability? Check out the interview below:

Kim Nemire—Making Responsible Sport Happen at the Credit Union Cherry Blossom Ten Mile Run

Shelley Villalobos, the Certification Director at the Council for Responsible Sport, interviews Kim Nemire, the Credit Union Cherry Blossom's Sustainability Coordinator, on the steps Cherry Blossom is taking toward improved sustainability in all facets of the race. Click Here for the Interview.

Council for Responsible Sport

Click here for 10 Steps to Becoming a Greener Runner