Runners in the 2020 Bend Marathon might have to add another component to their training regime: Filling a water bottle as quickly as possible.
Race organizers Kari Strang and Max King have announced the event is going “cupless,” in a move they say is “consistent with our commitment to sustainability and the environment.”
“Seeing how much waste events like a marathon generate, we felt compelled to do all that we can to minimize our impact on the environment while still providing an efficient and enjoyable race experience for our runners and walkers,” according to the race website.
Runners are encouraged to bring their own vessels, including bladders, softflasks, waist belts with bottles or store-and-go reusable cups.
Race organizers said they will have more aid stations throughout the course and new jugs with “high flow valves” that can fill up a bottle in seconds. They’ll also have more volunteers at each station helping with the process.
Next year’s race happens on April 19th.