With Triathlon continuing to grow at a steady pace it has become increasingly evident that we all as athletes need to become aware of our consumption and traveling habits. Kelly Dunleavy of Bohemian.com recently took a look into the growing pains and changes taking place in the triathlon community.
The article focuses on the growing sentiment for sustainability and emphasizes the measures that Chris Lieto is taking with The Green Athlete.
"Chris Lieto, a professional triathlete from Danville, has become a poster boy for environmentally conscious training and racing. Lieto has been a pro for six years, has won some of the sport's top races and placed sixth in last year's Ironman World Championships. And he's using his visibility to launch a new challenge, the Green Athlete.
"I don't want it to just be a wasteful time. I want it to have some purpose, to leave it better in some way," Lieto says of his sport.
Lieto's sustainability initiative is focused on bringing together different environmental programs and bringing more attention to the issue. Many of his sponsors already have their own programs, such as Trek's One World, Two Wheels bike-riding project and the Soles4Souls shoe recycling venture. By working with his sponsors, with other athletes and with local races, Lieto is spreading the word about simple things triathletes can do, such as commuting to races, buying in bulk and with less packaging, and using reusable bottles and water filters. "
Take a look at the full article written by Kelly Dunleavy at http://www.bohemian.com/bohemian/08.06.08/cover-0832.html