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 3

1966 - Bobbi Gibb

Although not an official entrant, Roberta “Bobbi” Gibb became the first woman to run the Boston Marathon. Joining the starting field shortly after the gun had been fired, Gibb finished the race in 3:21:40 to place 126th overall. Gibb again claimed the “unofficial” title in 1967 and 1968.