Boston Athletic Association and Rainier Fruit Agree to Partnership

Contact Info:
T.K. Skenderian (Communications Director)
Boston Athletic Association
185 Dartmouth Street, 6th Floor
Boston MA 02116
e-mail:tk@baa.org
29 FEB 2016
Rainier Fruit becomes the Exclusive Apple Provider of the Boston Marathon, and more than 40,000 apples prepare to make their Boston debut.

BOSTON – The Boston Athletic Association (B.A.A.) today proudly announced the beginning of a multiple-year sponsorship agreement with Washington-based Rainier Fruit Company, making Rainier Apples the official and exclusive apples of the Boston Marathon.

Now in its 128th year, Rainier Fruit is one of the United States’ most prominent growers of apples, pears, cherries, and organic blueberries and will provide an array of apples for Boston Marathon runners before the event in the Athletes’ Village, and in the finish area of the race on Boylston Street. Beyond race day, and in retailers around the United States, Rainier Apple packaging will be adorned with the Boston Marathon logo and designation as the “Official Apple of the Boston Marathon”.

“We’re very pleased to add Rainier Fruit into our family of Boston Marathon sponsors,” said B.A.A. Executive Director, Tom Grilk. “We’re especially pleased to see not only how our event will bring Rainier Apples to the runners, but how Rainier will bind our brand to its packaging across the country.”

 “As a leading grower of both conventional and organic apples, pears, cherries and blueberries, we have been in business for 128 years and it makes perfect sense for us to sponsor a legacy event like the oldest, most prestigious running event in the country, if not the world, The Boston Marathon,” remarked Mark Zirkle, President of Rainier Fruit.

In addition to being served before and after the race for Boston Marathoners, Rainier will provide apples to all volunteers working in the finish area on race day, and to thousands of fans and spectators in the Family Meeting Area, also in Boston. In total, more than 40,000 apples will make their way to Boston Marathon runners and their fans on Patriots’ Day.

ABOUT RAINIER FRUIT
Rainier Fruit is a multi-generation, vertically integrated fruit company based in Selah, WA.  For more than 100 years, Rainier Fruit has cultivated a culture of stewardship that extends from their orchards to their communities that has made them an industry leader in the production of apples, pears, cherries and blueberries.

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Boston Athletic Association and Rainier Fruit Agree to Partnership

The Boston Athletic Association (B.A.A.) today proudly announced the beginning of a multiple-year sponsorship agreement with Washington-based Rainier Fruit Company, making Rainier Apples the official and exclusive apples of the Boston Marathon.

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