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(PRESS RELEASE) Gentle Giant Moving Company Announces Role as Official Mover of Boston Marathon

Gentle Giant to Transport Goods and Athletic Equipment for the 115th Annual Race



4/13/2011

SOMERVILLE, MA - Moving and Storage Company Gentle Giant Moving Company, an award winning local and long distance mover based in Massachusetts, today announced that it will act as the official mover of the Boston Marathon for the 13th consecutive year. Taking place on Monday, April 18, the 115th Boston Marathon requires transportation and storage of supplies, food and beverage, signage, and athletic equipment. Gentle Giant will take on its traditional pre-race and marathon day role of planning and managing these logistics.

The scope of Gentle Giant's work with the Marathon includes:

  • Delivery of more than 100,000 lbs. (14+ truckloads) of Marathon goods and equipment, including thousands of pounds of food and water to the Boylston Street finish line
  • Set-up along side Marathon volunteers beginning at 5:00 am on race day
  • Transportation of elite race wheelchairs to the starting line in Hopkinton
  • Driving the famous Gentle Giant purple trucks hundreds of miles with Boston Marathon supplies

 

For each Boston Marathon, Gentle Giant provides about 350 man-hours, starting weeks before the actual event, through to the close of race day. In addition to providing moving labor, Gentle Giant employees and friends of the company will run the course in Gentle Giant running uniforms.

"It has become a tradition for Gentle Giant to serve the Boston Marathon, and I am honored to be involved with it for the 13th year in a row," said Gentle Giant Founder and President Larry O'Toole. "The marathon is a natural fit for our company. We have a highly athletic culture and love to compete."

Gentle Giant's Vice President and General Manager John Pacocha serves as the project manager for the annual event. He said, "The marathon is something we look forward to working on every year. Despite the fact that it means a 15-hour work day for our movers, we really enjoy interacting with the public and athletes from all over the world."

About Gentle Giant Moving Company, Inc.
Founded in 1980 and headquartered in Somerville, Massachusetts, Gentle Giant is a premier residential and commercial mover, offering local, interstate, and international service. Gentle Giant offers storage facilities and dispatches crews from its seventeen offices in Massachusetts, New York, New Hampshire, North Carolina, Rhode Island, Virginia, Washington, DC, Washington state and now California. Named one of the Boston Globe 100's Top Places to Work in 2008, Boston Business Journal's Best Places to Work in Massachusetts in 2004, 2005, and 2006, winner of the 2006 International Torch Award for Marketplace Ethics by the Better Business Bureau, winner of the Better Business Bureau's Torch Award for Excellence in 2002, 2003, 2005 and 2008, nine-time winner of Boston Magazine's "Best of Boston," six-time winner of The Improper Bostonian's "Boston's Best Moving Company" award, eight-time winner of the Angie's List "Super Service" award, and 2007 Top Small Workplaces award from the Wall Street Journal and Winning Workplaces, the company's services include craning, piano moving, complete packing and unpacking services, furniture and art restoration and conservation, and other related services. For more information, please call (617) 661-3333 or visit the company online at http://www.gentlegiant.com.



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