Gentle Giant recently participated in the American Lung Association’s Fight for Air Climb. These events take place in cities across the country and are unique fundraising events for the American Lung Association.
This unique “vertical road race” challenges teams of all types to raise awareness and funds for the ALA. It is their mission to save lives by improving lung health and preventing lung disease. The charity hopes to raise enough donations to fund research to treat, prevent and cure lung diseases. They will also use funds to support clean air efforts and tobacco control advocacy; asthma education for families and schools; and smoking prevention and cessation services.
Since 2007, Gentle Giant Moving Company has assembled record-setting teams of employees of all ages and backgrounds. They have ranged from movers, to salespeople and department managers. This year, Gentle Giant has assembled a nine-person team that has already over 50% of their $1,000 fundraising goal. GG Marketing Specialist and Team Captain Niles Kuronen is proud to help contribute this amount, as GG has raised over $10,000 for the American Lung Association over the last six years.
“Our employees care a lot about health and fitness, community involvement, and blasting up stairs, which is why we love being involved with the Fight for Air climb” Niles said.
At Gentle Giant, running stairs has become a core part of our company’s culture. Our founder, Larry O’Toole, has created the tradition of taking every new hire to run all 37 sections of the Harvard Stadium.
On race day, each team member will run up the 789 stairs of the 41-story building as fast as possible. The top five individual times from each team will comprise the team’s total. At the end of the 2013 climb, Gentle Giant recorded the fastest team time and the top individual male time.
This year, Gentle Giant won second for overall team time and recorded the top individual male time. Check out a video from the event here.