October 22, 2018
 
Thompson Island Raises $445K via Two-Day 4K Trail Run

October 7, 2018 — Thompson Island Outward Bound Education Center, a Boston nonprofit that uses rigorous learning experiences to accelerate academic and social-emotional growth of students from Greater Boston, recently announced it raised $445,000 during its annual 4K Trail Run.

The two-day event, held last month, which attracted nearly 2,000 runners from the Boston area’s top companies ferried to the Boston Harbor Islands, surpassed the amount raised last year by $20,000, which itself represented a 25% increase over the amount raised in 2016.

"We are so grateful to the thousands of runners who joined us on the island this year for our 18th annual trail run, and for the generous support these individuals and corporations provide throughout the rest of the year as well," said Arthur Pearson, president and CEO of Thompson Island Outward Bound. "Together, they are making it possible for more Boston youth to spend even more time on the island, learning valuable lessons that they will carry throughout their lives."

The race, held for the 18th time this year, the third time it was held over two days.

All sponsorship dollars and individual donations support Thompson Island Outward Bound’s free youth programs for Boston Public School students. For the third consecutive year, Tom Niles, a long-time Thompson Island supporter and friend, matched individual donations, one for one, up to $50,000, which has helped raise more than $127,000.

There were 103 corporate sponsors and in-kind donors, with New Balance and State Street providing $25,000. Other sponsors included BNY Mellon, Boston Harbor Cruises, Harpoon, JDL Corporate Interiors, and Turner Construction.

Sponsors donated a minimum of $1,500, and the higher the level of sponsorship, the more employees a company could field for its team – from 10 runners for the $1,500 sponsors to 80 runners for the $25,000 sponsors.

The trail took runners through 204 acres of meadows, salt marshes, and forests, as well as around the island’s dormitories and classrooms, including the oldest building on the Boston Harbor Islands.

Bill Rogers, four-time Boston Marathon winner and former American record holder for the Boston marathon, presented medals to the race’s top finishers. A post-race barbeque was provided by US Foods and Reinhart Food Service. Boston Harbor Cruises provided ferry service to and from the island.

Founded to serve youth in 1833, Thompson Island, located one mile from downtown Boston, works to close opportunity gap in Boston by preparing early adolescents to be leaders by combining hands-on field science with character development.

Thompson Island programs, free for Boston’s students, families, and schools, use experiential education, integrate academics and social-emotional learning, and link in-school and out-of-school partners.

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