Iris Simpson Bush To Lead Sustainability Programs Race Camp At 2018 Running USA Conference

February 9th, 2018

Executive Director of Cincinnati Flying Pig Marathon to share insights gained working with the Council for Responsible Sport since 2011.

Iris Bush Simpson and her Greening of the Pig team leader, Denise Hovey, have a deep personal commitment and vast experience in the process of continual improvement that goes into producing a more responsible event. Attendees at the upcoming 2018 Running USA Industry Conference, to be held in Austin, Texas, will have a chance to hear about the Flying Pig’s best practices and share their own during the Sustainability Programs Race Camp, scheduled for 1:30-3:15 pm on Monday, February 12.

Iris has been with the Flying Pig marathon since its inception in a number of capacities, from board member to executive director, and was recently named 2017 MarathonFoto/Road Race Management Race Director of the Year. Under her leadership, the Flying Pig Marathon has an ongoing commitment to research and implementation of policies and procedures to be a more sustainable event. After first earning certification from the Council for Responsible Sport in 2011, the event successfully achieved silver certification in 2013, gold certification in 2015 and, last year, was invited to become one of a select few Inspire certified events at the gold level.

Iris will share detail related to the development of a robust sustainability program that adds both quality and value to the event, including for the first time in 2018, the addition of a new sponsorship category—sustainability—claimed for the upcoming 20th Flying Pig by the Melink Corporation.

The Council’s Inspire program—so named because events are tasked with inspiring other events to follow in their footsteps—expects its members to mentor other events, and the Sustainability Programs Race Camp provides a wonderful opportunity for event organizers to be mentored by one of the best.

As Running USA Conference attendees begin to build their conference agenda, we at the Council encourage you to block out 1:30-3:15 pm on Monday, February 12 for this special Race Camp.

For those not attending the Running USA Conference but that would like to explore responsibility issues at your event(s) with the Council for Responsible Sport, please direct correspondence to Shelley Villalobos at

For more information on the Flying Pig Marathon’s Greening of the Pig initiative please visit:

About the Council for Responsible Sport

The Council’s vision is a world where responsibly produced sports events are the norm and its mission is to provide objective, independent verification of the socially and environmentally responsible work event organizers are doing and to actively support event organizers who strive to make a difference in their communities. The current version of the Council’s Certification standards (v.4.2) was developed by an outside working group of both sustainability and sport industry experts, reviewed by a wide range of stakeholders throughout 2013 and implemented in January 2014.

About Cincinnati’s Flying Pig Marathon

Cincinnati Marathon, Inc., is a nonprofit 501(c)3 organization that hosts the Cincinnati Flying Pig Marathon, which raises money for charities. The mission is to provide a premier event open to athletes of all abilities that is dedicated to supporting charities. The event should inspire community celebration and reward the emotions of all participants, sponsors, volunteers and spectators. The 20th annual Flying Pig Marathon will take place on May 6, 2018.

Council for Responsible Sport

Iris Simpson Bush To Lead Sustainability Programs Race Camp At 2018 Running USA Conference

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Shelley Villalobos

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