Who We Are

The Sustainable Sports Foundation addresses the need to promote local athletic events that encourage a healthy lifestyle and supports the values of sustainability and giving back to the community.

In our 14th year, over three-quarters of a million dollars has been raised through our events for our charity partners.

Besides the tireless commitment and partnership from our participants, volunteers and sponsors, all net proceeds from our events will continue to be donated to our mission and for our beneficiaries.

With the Marin County connection to the natural landscape and commitment to sustainability, the Sustainable Sports Foundation continues to foster events that are magnificently scenic, spectator friendly, gentle on the environment and for our community. In our effort to make the world a better place to live now, and for the future, we have implemented eco-initiatives to reduce the environmental impact for our events.

The goals are to have zero waste, to be carbon neutral and to donate all net proceeds to charity. Our inaugural triathlon was certified as an Evergreen event, first and highest level of certification awarded by the Council for Responsible Sport.

Triathlete Magazine has named us as the greenest race and one of the 100 Best Triathlons on Earth!

Participants are encouraged to bring old running shoes to be recycled and race clothing to be donated to needy organizations.

The events use power generated by solar energy, green portable toilets, reusable stainless steel water bottles, organic and locally sourced food and beverages, recycled materials for race shirts and medals and continue to seek out vendors whom share our passions.

Most importantly, the Sustainable Sports Foundation is run by volunteers whom give their time to give back to this community.

We work with city, county and state officials, vendors, athletes, magazines, newspapers, radio and television stations, photographers, web designers, musicians, charities and many, many others to fuel our drive to create sustainable and memorable events.

Over 800 volunteers have helped with all aspects of our events so far.

Many volunteers sign up for more than one shift throughout the weekend and countless volunteers come back event after event to help make it a great experience for everyone involved.

  • Deb Mitchell – Volunteer and Everything Else Coordinator
  • Nick Calder – Swim, Bike & Run Director
  • Dr. Cheryl McBride, Kaiser, Santa Rosa – Medical Director
  • Jaime Perez – Green Team
  • Hope Gelbach – Registration Director


SSF Advisory Board

  • Heather Petri – 4 x US Olympic Medalist, World Champion – Women’s Water Polo

There are so many, many more.

The Sustainable Sports Foundation is ever-changing and growing in support.

As it grows, our effort to continue our mission will persevere.

Mark Liebert, Founder and Executive Director