Rome runs towards the SDGs

Running is like living sustainably: it requires passion, tenacity and above all perseverance! Runners know the secret relies in the way of hitting the ground and for going fast you must be light.

It is like this way that the Rome Marathon wants to be: light in the steps for reaching fast the finishing line. The goal by 2023 is to reach a reduced environmental impact, with the aim of becoming increasingly sustainable. This will be achieved through an incremental pathway promoted by INFRONT Italy, Corriere dello Sport – Stadio, Italian Marathon Club and Atielle, in collaboration with the Sustainability Partner Circularity – an innovative start up and B-corp that operates in the circular economy.

A long-term roadmap starting from the 2021 Edition to respond efficiently and proactively to the sustainability challenges.

At the environmental level, the roadmap will measure the Acea Run Rome the Marathon’s carbon footprint starting from the first year of the event by using an internationally standardized protocol (GHG Protocol), which analyses:

  • Scope 1: meaning the direct emissions caused by energy sources linked to the event’s staff (e.g. staff transportation means to reach the event);
  • Scope 3: indirect emissions related to activities of the event (e.g. emissions related to mobility of participating athletes, supply chain, waste generation and use of goods distributed during the event).

The measurement result of the 2021 Edition will constitute the project baseline that will be continuously updated during the next two years with new forecasts and measures and that will make possible to design compensation plans and concrete actions to reduce emissions.

Furthermore, the organizers aim to reply to social challenges as well. For this reason, training and awareness moments are launched and promoted among internal stakeholders by upskilling them with competences on sustainability topics and sustainable events organisation.

────   ISO20121 CERTIFIED

The Run Rome the Marathon 2022 has obtained ISO 20121 certification for the design, sustainable delivery and reporting of the event, through the certifying body RINA. An important path that saw the active involvement of the entire Organization, accompanied in the certification process by Sustainability partner Circularity. The ISO 20121 allows the organizations involved to have shared and unified benchmarks in order to prevent, mitigate and offset the possible negative effects caused by events on the environment and local communities whilst enhancing the positive ones.

Circularity and Rina,
partners for sustainability

To make this commitment real, in partnership with Circularity and the certification body RINA, the event is going through a certification process which will audit the management according to sustainability principles and specifically to the International standard ISO 20121.
The events will be full of initiatives involving the Third sector, with aside events focused on circular economy and sustainability.

2021 will be just the first step of engagement of local realities to make the marathon a guiding light for a sustainable way of doing sport. This will demonstrate what sport has always said: environmental friendliness and fun can go tight. Respect for others and for the environment will bring to a 2023 under the sustainability flag!
Participants, institutions and citizens will be involved in a race towards a just, fair and sustainable society which grow by small steps, small events and demonstrations.


On 25th of September 2015 the General Assembly of United Nations adopted the Agenda 2030 for the Sustainable Development, consisting of 17 goals named Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), 169 targets and an action plan for people, planet and prosperity. This intent declaration represents the strategy designed by the Assembly to address global challenges by 2030, recognizing the unsustainability of the current development model and declaring the strong link between man and the planet. Indeed, it overcomes the idea that sustainability is a mere environmental issue, instead preferring a vision that integrates the different dimensions of development: economics, environment, society and institutions.

The Marathon will support Italy and the world in the achievement of some of these
Sustainable Development Goals.



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