Hub Pen, Walker-Clay Partner In Thompson Island Trail Run

October 15, 2012

By Paul Lamoureux, Vice President of Programs

The annual 4k trail run on Thompson Island was a perfect, sunny September day with temperatures in the low 60s. More than 900 runners and 54 corporate teams competed in this year’s event, the largest ever! Over $100,000 was raised to help support our youth programs for those most at risk and underserved in the Boston area. I was honored to kick off the event by thanking the participants and setting the context for the long history of hands-on learning on Thompson Island as they traversed it from end to end. As the gun went off and the race started, throngs of runners ran by my position near the starting line in an awesome tidal wave of humanity. I was truly humbled by the turnout of so many people who have joined our community to make a difference every day!

I invited one of the many corporate teams to share their experience as this month’s guest blogger.

Photo credit: Jon Fischer Photography


Guest blog post by Pamela Tapia of Hub Pen:

For the third year, employees of Braintree, Massachusetts-based Hub Pen Company (UPIC: HUBPEN) teamed up with Hanson, Massachusetts’s Walker-Clay (UPIC: WALKCLAY) to participate in the Thompson Island Outward Bound Education Center’s 12th Annual 4k Trail Run.

On September 20, 902 runners, up from 728 in 2011, competed in a four-kilometer cross-country style run through the beautiful 204 acres of Thompson Island in the Boston Harbor Islands National Park Area.

The event raised more than $100,000 to benefit Thompson Island Outward Bound Education Center’s youth programs. Serving the youth of Greater Boston since 1988, the center provides both environmental and educational programs that instill teamwork, self-confidence and compassion, and encourage learning by doing.

Hub Pen customer service rep Kerrie Hynes was a first-time runner this year. “We always enjoy spending time with the people from Walker-Clay and I knew Bill Clay is very involved with Outward Bound, but I had no idea just how many people would be there for the event. It was amazing.”

Aside from the run itself, other high points of the event were the Boston Harbor Cruise to and from the island, a barbecue with live music and local brews from Harpoon Brewery. Meghan Dann of Hub Pen’s art department added, “It was my first 4K too and it was a great experience; great energy, great people. We are definitely looking forward to doing it again next year.”

Learn more about the Thompson Island trail run here.

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