Vanke

Contact Info:
T.K. Skenderian (Marketing & Sponsorship Manager)
Boston Athletic Association
185 Dartmouth Street, 6th Floor
Boston MA 02116
phone:617-778-1632
e-mail:tk@baa.org

Official Sponsor

Vanke

Vanke Co. Ltd., China’s largest residential home developer, provides 400,000 ordinary households in China with housing. Leading the country in green home construction and prefabrication techniques, Vanke now builds half of China’s certified green homes that effectively reduce carbon emission and deforestation at the global level. Vanke became an official sponsor of the Boston Marathon this year, sharing its enthusiasm, energy, and vision for a better life with all runners.

Vanke has proudly run a national program providing medical treatments to children affected by congenital heart diseases. This program gave strength and vitality to more than 2000 young hearts and engaged thousands of volunteers in household visits to ensure that the poorest of the poor living in the remote areas receive efficient life-saving treatments. Vanke’s runners will bring to this year’s Marathon an urgent call for global attention to congenital deformities affecting millions of young children in the developing world. Vanke advocates low-cost and life-saving prenatal screening as an effective means to keep young lives healthier around the world.

B.A.A. Moment 2

1935 John A. Kelley

Born in West Medford, Massachusetts as one of ten children, Kelley ran track and cross-country at Arlington High School in Massachusetts. He did not finish his first Boston Marathon in 1928, but eventually competed in a record 61 Boston Marathons. A legend of the marathon, Kelley won the 1935 and 1945 runnings of the Boston Marathon. He finished in second place at Boston a record seven times. Between 1934 to 1950, he finished in the top five 15 times at Boston, consistently running in the 2:30s. He ran his last full marathon at Boston in 1992 at the age of 84, his 61st start and 58th finish there.