Gentle Giant Moving Company Turns Passion for Running Stairs into a Big Donation for the American Lung Association

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Boston’s Fastest Moving Company Will Help Fight Lung Disease by Participating in the ALA’s “Race Up Boston Place” Fight For Air Climb for the 7th Year in a Row

Gentle Giant Moving Company's elite stair running team!

Employees at Gentle Giant Moving Company care a lot about fitness, community involvement, and running stairs.

Gentle Giant Moving Company, an award winning national moving company, will apply their 33 years of experience running stairs on the job to the American Lung Association’s “Race Up Boston Place” Fight For Air Climb this Saturday, February 2nd at 9am inside One Boston Place. Fight for Air Climbs take place in cities across the country in skyscrapers, stadiums, and arenas and are unique fundraising events for the American Lung Association.

Often called a "vertical road race", teams of all types, including firefighters and EMTs, raise funds and awareness to support the Lung Association’s mission to save lives by improving lung health and preventing lung disease. The more than century-old charity hopes to raise $365,000 at the Race Up Boston Place event this year to help fund research to treat, prevent and cure lung diseases and support efforts including clean air and tobacco control advocacy; asthma education for families and schools; and smoking prevention and cessation services.

Since 2007, Gentle Giant Moving Company has assembled record setting teams consisting of employees of all ages and backgrounds ranging from movers, to salespeople, and department managers. This year, the local and long distance moving company has assembled a nine person team that has already raised 88% of their $1500 goal. Gentle Giant Move Coordinator and Race Team Captain Catherine Brinkley is proud to contribute this amount to the nearly $8000 the company has raised for the American Lung Association over the past six years.

“Employees at Gentle Giant Moving Company care a lot about fitness, community involvement, and running stairs,” explains Brinkley, “which is a big part of why the Race Up Boston Place has been such a successful event for us.”

Gentle Giant has a slight advantage at the Race Up Boston Place, for running stairs has been at the core of the company’s culture ever since Founder and CEO Larry O’Toole created the tradition of taking every new hire out to the Harvard Stadium to run the stairs of all 37 sections of the Stadium.

This Saturday on race day, each team member will run up all 789 stairs of the 41 story building as fast as they can. The top five individual times from each team will comprise the team’s total time. If Gentle Giant records the fastest team time this year, it will mark the 7th year in a row they have won the race. At the end of the 2012 Race Up Boston Place, Gentle Giant recorded the fastest team time, the top two individual male times, and Captain Catherine recorded the fastest individual female time.

To cheer on the Giants, or any of the other great teams, head over to One Boston Place this Saturday morning at 9am!

About Gentle Giant Moving Company, Inc.
Founded in 1980, Massachusetts Moving Company Gentle Giant is a premier residential and commercial mover, offering local moving, interstate moving, and international moving service. Named 2009 Independent Mover of the Year by the American Moving and Storage Association, one of the Boston Business Journal's Best Places to Work in Massachusetts in 2004, 2005, and 2006, winner of the 2006 International Torch Award for Marketplace Ethics by the Better Business Bureau, winner of the Better Business Bureau's Torch Award for Excellence in 2002, 2003, 2005 and 2008, nine-time winner of Boston Magazine's "Best of Boston," six-time winner of The Improper Bostonian's "Boston's Best Moving Company" award, twelve-time winner of the Angie's List "Super Service" award, and 2007 Top Small Workplaces award from the Wall Street Journal and Winning Workplaces, the company's services include craning, piano moving, complete packing services and unpacking services, and other related services. Gentle Giant offers storage facilities and dispatches crews from its 20 offices in California, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New York, North Carolina, Rhode Island, Virginia, Washington, DC and Washington State. For more information, please call (617) 661-3333 or visit

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