Vienna City Marathon & the future

Future-orientated action in all areas is important to us. We try to organise the Vienna City Marathon in such a way that it meets the requirements of a modern and sustainable event.

Our guidelines are the "Athletics for a Better World" action programme, which we are committed to as a World Athletics Label Event, and the 17 Sustainable Development Goals of the United Nations. 
Think about what you can do to contribute to more sustainability in sport

Here you will find concrete steps towards sustainability and climate neutrality at the Vienna City Marathon, which we have already implemented together with our partners, sponsors and suppliers.
  • Thanks to the "Run for a tree" initiative at the VCM Saturday competitions, a new green area was planted and landscaped in Vienna-Aspern in 2023.
  • We phased out gas at the VCM office and warehouse building in Vienna by installing an air heat pump in autumn 2022. The next step is to install our own photovoltaic system to generate electricity.
  • The VCM event T-shirt from adidas is made from 100% Prime Green recycled materials.
  • The adidas event equipment for employees, including shoes, is made almost entirely from recycled materials.
  • Re-usable wardrobe bag from Erste Bank Sparkasse Running, made from biodegradable corn starch (ECOPRO corn starch film TÜV Austria certified).
  • All VCM advance and support vehicles from BMW are electric and emission-free.
  • An electric cargo tricycle powered by photovoltaics from the company Öko-Mobil was used for the first time in 2023 for the construction work in the finish area.
  • The Vienna Provincial Traffic Department will once again deploy the "uniformed bicycle service" as an advance team.
  • Old items of clothing that are left behind in the start area will be collected separately by the MA 48 and, if possible, reused or recycled via the 48er-Tandler. Depending on the weather, up to 10 m3 of clothing of varying quality is collected.
  • The entire PET portfolio of Coca-Cola, Powerade and Römerquelle has been converted to bottles made from 100% recycled PET.
  • PET beverage bottles for Powerade, Römerquelle and Coca-Cola are collected at the catering outlets by many helpers. Used PET bottles are sent to the PET2PET recycling plant in Müllendorf, where they are turned into valuable secondary raw material for new PET containers.
  • Beverage cups at the catering outlets are 100% recyclable and can be disposed of in waste paper.
  • Information on collecting and recycling PET bottles is available in the Coca-Cola Village and at the RecycleMich Initiative stand in the finish area.
  • The various start locations on VCM Saturday were moved to the Ringstraße / Burgtheater area in 2023. This means shorter distances, less use of resources, simplification for everyone involved and more energy for the fun & running.
  • You will receive your refreshments in a bag made from biodegradable material (PLA), which is produced from renewable raw materials such as sugar cane or corn and is free from petroleum.
  • The large-scale "printing" of the Reichsbrücke by "Pixelrunner" is carried out with biodegradable and ecologically compatible colours that comply with current environmental standards. The autonomous outdoor printing robot is powered by an electric motor.
  • Drinks in aluminium cans will not be used during the races or in the finish area.
  • Only reusable crockery is used in the hospitality and guest areas at the finish line and on Rathausplatz - no disposable products. Where it is not possible to use reusable crockery for safety reasons, disposable crockery made from renewable raw materials will be used.
  • Print productions in the VCM organisation are greatly reduced (e.g. digital event guide instead of information brochure, postcards instead of image brochure) or printed on PEFC-certified paper.
  • Around 160 MA 48 employees ensure that the running route is immediately clean again. Over 500 collection bins will be set up for waste materials (waste paper, plastic bottles, scrap metal) and residual waste. The course cleaning is finished immediately after the final vehicle at around 4.00 pm, followed by the Rathausplatz from 6.00 pm to 8.00 pm.
  • If there is any food left over from the race, the VCM organisation will pass it on to specialist organisations, e.g. Wiener Tafel.
  • Our stand construction partner STANDout uses mainly reusable elements for the stand equipment of the Marathon Expo & the start number distribution of the event.

The myth of Hauptallee

The Prater Hauptallee in Vienna is a place that every running enthusiast simply has to experience.

The fastest running track in the world. Scene of Eliud Kipchoge's first marathon under two hours. The place for running & running events for over 200 years.

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