Washington-based Rainier Fruit is becoming a familiar and welcome sight for runners and attendees of thge Boston Marathon, with 2018 marking the third consecutive year that the company is a major sponsor of the event.
As the official apple of the Boston Marathon, Rainier Fruit makes nearly 100,000 apples available to runners, guests, and fans in the days surrounding the event and blankets retailers throughout the northeast with marathon branded display ready cartons.
In the midst of cold temperatures, heavy rain and windy conditions that made this year’s marathon historically challenging, and yet, highly exciting with top US finishers and non-elite medalers, Rainier Fruit was proud to support the athletes and fans who braved the elements and embodied the spirit that has made this race great.
“There’s nothing quite like the Boston Marathon,” remarked Andy Tudor, vice-president of business development at Rainier Fruit. “Even in an epic downpour, the city still comes alive with energy surrounding the marathon. People gear up, and come out to support the runners – spending hours outside to cheer for strangers. It’s a really wonderful demonstration of community and we’re happy to play a part in it.
Rainier Fruit had tents at the finish line in downtown Boston, as well as at the Newton Fire Station located just past mile seventeen before the famed Heartbreak Hill. At these tents, the team distributed apples, t-shirts and towels emblazoned with Rainier’s 'Wholesome to the Core' message.
“Finding the strength to push through this year’s challenging weather is not only impressive; it’s what we mean when we say ‘Wholesome to the Core’,” Tudor explained. “At Rainier Fruit we want to support people as they cultivate the best in themselves, pushing harder and overcoming obstacles. It’s pretty amazing what the human spirit can accomplish and farming has given us great appreciation for the often herculean tasks of forging ahead when Mother Nature is unkind.”