This year, the New York City Marathon is going to be greener than ever. The world-famous event, which crosses the starting line in Staten Island on November 2, attracts runners from all over the world, including Hollywood. With so much paper waste during the marathon, the event organizers are pushing a massive green recycling initiative.

Last year when celebs like Katie Holmes and Lance Armstrong crossed the finish line, over 22,080 pounds of cardboard and plastic were recycled! In Manhattan alone, almost four tons of discarded cups were recycled.

With more than 2,271,500 cups of water and Gatorade available for thirsty runners — like actor Ryan Reynolds — the organizers are planning to increase the recycling efforts even more. Other celebs racing include New York restaurateur Joe Bastianich and iconic soccer player Brandi Chastain.

For more information on the marathon visit the official site. Not in town for the NYC Marathon but still want to run green? Check out Runner’s World’s list of the most eco-friendly races across the country.

Anyone out there planning on running this year?

  • Michael Rieser

    Your readers may be interested in the Office of Recycling Outreach and Education, a project of Council on the Environment of New York City. Our goal is to increase participation in the New York City Recycling Program. We provide information about how to recycle more effectively. That makes recycling easier so more people recycle.

    Join the growing number of people who are reducing waste in New York City by volunteering with the Office of Recycling Outreach and Education at

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