Kelly Dunleavy wrote an article on Bohemian.com about the environmental impact of triathlon. Many of us think that weâ€™re green just because we ride bikes, but that is far from true. Kellyâ€™s insight into the reality of the state of sport is a little troubling. I know that 5430 sports has put on a couple of events which were advertised as being carbon neutral. I havenâ€™t been to one, and Iâ€™m going to take their word for it that they were in fact able to achieve their goal. The other 2500 races in the US alone, however, are probably not even close. Just think of the ITU races where they require water stations to pass out fresh bottled water to the elite athletes in order to ensure no banned substances are given to the athletes. Thatâ€™s pretty far from carbon neutral.
I donâ€™t want to repeat what Kelly wrote so elegantly about, so please take a look at her article.
If that doesnâ€™t convince you to read it, she also quotes both me and Chris Lieto.