Fourteen run to benefit Thompson Island Outward Bound Education Center.

Michelle Peebles, Kaileen Powers, Meghan Roan, Tracey King
Michelle Peebles, Kaileen Powers, Meghan Roan, Tracey King

BRAINTREE, MASSACHUSETTS (November 2, 2011) – Six Hub Pen Company employees teamed up with five staffers from Hanson, Massachusetts-based distributor Walker-Clay to participate in the Thompson Island Outward Bound Education Center’s 10th Annual 4k Trail Run. Three employees from Charles Riverboat Company, a Walker-Clay client, completed the 14-person team. This is the third year the companies have participated together.

Held on September 15, the event began with a ferry ride and concluded with a BBQ dinner celebration and awards ceremony, which was emceed by marathon legend Bill Rodgers. During the race, 728 runners (increased from 572 in 2010) sprung into action for a 4K cross-country style race that traversed 204 acres of rolling hills, forests, meadows, salt marshes and beaches along the trails of the island while featuring a new course that challenged runners to the end with two final hills as they crossed the finish line.

Proceeds benefit Thompson Island Outward Bound Education Center, a not-for-profit organization that provides outdoor adventure and experiential learning programs for young people from diverse economic backgrounds. Each year, funds from the trail run help bring 6,500 young people from greater Boston to Thompson Island to participate in challenging environmental education programs that build self-confidence, leadership and teamwork skills while improving students’ academic success.

Employees from each company ran as part of the Corporate Team Challenge to celebrate their professional teamwork and to help build an even better relationship. The top 10 times for each team were combined, averaged and rank ordered to determine the overall fastest teams. The Hub Pen/Walker-Clay team placed No. 16 in a field of 29 teams, with an average time of 21:12.

Patty Fleming, Mary McGaughey, Bob McGaughey, Bob Stearns, Lauri Stearns

Results of the complete Hub Pen/Walker-Clay team are:

  1. Mike Fleming, Hub Pen Company  18:25
  2. Bob Stearns, Hub Pen Company  19:23
  3. Rebecca Graffy, Charles Riverboat Company  20:15
  4. Russell Cushman, Charles Riverboat Company  20:16
  5. Mary McGaughey, Hub Pen Company  20:30
  6. Tracey King, Walker-Clay  21:27
  7. Bob McGaughey, Hub Pen Company  21:54
  8. Heather Clay, Charles Riverboat Company  22:05
  9. Meghan Roan, Walker-Clay  23:48
  10. Kaileen Powers, Walker-Clay  23:49
  11. Patricia Fleming, Hub Pen Company  26:06
  12. William Clay, Walker-Clay  28:36
  13. Michelle Peebles, Walker-Clay  29:12
  14. Lauri Stearns, Hub Pen Company  33:32

Complete event results are available at Cool Running.

“This is the first year I have run in the Thompson Island 4K Trail Run…actually, it is the first run I have ever participated in!” said Michelle Peebles, vice president of sales and marketing at Walker-Clay. “It really was a great experience to become part of team Hub Pen/Walker-Clay and join in this worthy cause. I look forward to running again next year because the atmosphere was relaxed and fun. It was gratifying to see not only our own team shirts out there in the field, but those of two other teams whose shirts we had created as well.”

About Hub Pen Company:

Founded in 1954 by Frank Fleming, Hub Pen Company takes its name from the famous Oliver Wendell Holmes quote that describes Boston as the “hub of the universe.” Today, Hub Pen continues operations under the management of the Fleming family, printing more than 100 million pens annually.

Built upon the core values of providing quality writing instruments, superb imprints, excellent customer service and on-time delivery, Hub Pen has been honored by many of its distributor partners. For seven consecutive years, the company has received the Kaeser & Blair Top Ten Supplier Award. Additionally, Hub Pen was honored with the 2010 iPROMOTEu Supplier Appreciation Award, the 2010 AIA Supplier Excellence and Velocity Awards, and the 2010 and 2008 Newton Manufacturing Company Top Suppliers Award.

In addition to being a Counselor Top 40 Supplier, Hub Pen was named the New England Promotional Products Association (NEPPA) 2010 Supplier of the Year and has been the winner of the 2009, 2010 and 2011 Supplier Excellence Silver Award for Writing Instruments from Promo Marketing Magazine as well as the 2010 and 2011 PPAI Supplier Star Award Nominee/Award of Merit recipient. The company has been honored by Identity Marketing magazine as the No. 2 writing instruments supplier for 2010, and Corporate Logo named Hub Pen as the No. 1 writing instruments supplier for 2008.

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About Walker-Clay, Inc.:

Hanson, Massachusetts-based Walker-Clay, Inc. has been a family-owned and -operated business since 1956. Known for its quick response with quality products to meet customer needs, Walker-Clay provides solutions to business challenges through the use of promotional products to financial institutions and other corporate businesses nationwide.

For 2009-2011, Walker-Clay was named by Counselor magazine as one of the Top Places To Work. Additionally, Walker-Clay was honored three times in 2011 by Promotional Products Business (PPB) magazine: The company was selected as one of PPB’s Greatest Companies to Work For 2011. William Clay, president, was honored as one of the PPB Best Bosses 2011. Amanda Clay, vice president of sales, was recognized as a PPB Rising Star 2011.

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