Thompson Island’s 17th Annual 4K Trail Run Breaks All Records Again
2,000 runners from 103 companies raised $425,000 during two-day event
On September 27 and 28, 2,000 runners from Boston’s top companies headed out to the Boston Harbor Islands for the 17th annual Thompson Island 4K Trail Run to support Thompson Island Outward Bound Education Center, a Boston nonprofit that uses hands-on field science with character development to help close the opportunity gap for Boston middle school students. The event’s continued popularity led to a new fundraising record – $425,000 was raised this year, compared to $340,000 in 2016.
“The race began 17 years ago with just a few hundred people venturing out to enjoy an afternoon of running and fun on Thompson Island,” said Thompson Island President and CEO Arthur Pearson. “Today, the Thompson Island 4K Trail Run has the reputation of being one the most unique runs in the Boston area. Companies can network, engage in friendly competition against other companies and build their team culture, while supporting an important program for Boston youth.”
Having reached maximum capacity in 2015, last year the race expanded to two days to accommodate all of the companies that wanted to participate. Even with the additional day, the 2017 race sold out with 1,000 runners each day. The route takes runners around Thompson Island’s 204 acres, past storybook meadows, pristine salt marshes, rolling hills, the 62-foot-high alpine towers, and through the middle of the organization’s dormitories and classrooms, including the oldest building on the Harbor Islands.
This year’s event drew 103 corporate sponsors, up from 75 last year, with New Balance and BNY Mellon serving as Presenting Sponsors with $25,000 donations. Other top sponsors include Boston Harbor Cruises, Harpoon, JDL Corporate Interiors, Reebok, Standish, State Street and Turner Construction. Sponsors donate a minimum of $1,000, and the higher the level of sponsorship, the more employees a company can field for its team – from 10 runners for the $1,000 sponsors to 80 runners for the $25,000 sponsors.
All sponsorship dollars and individual donations support Thompson Island’s youth programs that are free for Boston Public School students. This year Tom Niles, a long-time Thompson Island supporter and friend, matched individual donations 1:1 up to $50,000, which helped raise more than $117,000 surpassing the $100,000 goal.
Bill Rodgers, four-time Boston Marathon winner and former American record holder in the marathon, presented medals to the race’s top finishers. Runners enjoyed a post-race barbeque donated by US Foods and plenty of Harpoon beer. Boston Harbor Cruises provided ferry service to and from the island. The 2018 Thompson Island 4k Trail Run has been scheduled for Wednesday, September 26 and Thursday, September 27.