Westin Portland Harborview to Sponsor 2014 Maine Marathon
RunWestin Concierge, Chris Heuisler to Host Race Weekend Events
PORTLAND, Maine--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Officials with the Gorham Savings Bank Maine Marathon, largest marathon held in the state, and an official qualifier for the Boston Marathon, today announced that the Westin Portland Harborview, a Rockbridge portfolio property, has signed on as the exclusive hospitality sponsor for the October 5 race.
“Every year the Gorham Savings Bank Maine Marathon attracts 3,500 of the region's top runners to the city of Portland, and we always strive to treat them to a good dose of New England hospitality”
"Every year the Gorham Savings Bank Maine Marathon attracts 3,500 of the region's top runners to the city of Portland, and we always strive to treat them to a good dose of New England hospitality," said Howard Spear, race director. "The Westin brand understands runners, and having the support of the Westin Portland Harborview will ensure that we are able to deliver an even better experience for our racers."
"Partnering with the Gorham Savings Bank Maine Marathon is a logical and natural community outreach for our hotel, both in terms of corporate citizenship and brand awareness," said Bruce Wennerstrom, general manager. "The Westin brand is built on a foundation of promoting and inspiring well-being with an emphasis on exercise, and running in particular. And the marathon which bring thousands of visitors to our city, is organized by local volunteers and has raised more than $3 million for Portland children's charities. I can't think of a better community partner for us."
Westin's RunWestin Concierge, Chris Heuisler will host several marathon weekend activities including a shake-out run Saturday, October 4, starting at 9 a.m. at the Westin Portland Harborview, and will give a motivational presentation at 6:30 p.m. during the pre-race pasta dinner held at the University of Southern Maine from 4:30 - 7:30 p.m. Heuisler also will participate in the Big Brothers/Big Sisters 5k on Saturday.
“I’m both honored and thrilled to be a part of the one and only Maine Marathon," said Heuisler. "Our new Westin property is spectacular and I’m eager to help runners prepare properly on race weekend.”
The Gorham Savings Bank Maine Marathon is organized by the Maine Track Club. Founded in 1979, and 500 members strong, it is the largest running club in the state of Maine. For more information, please go to www.mainemarathon.com.
The Gorham Savings Bank Maine Marathon is a qualifying race for the Boston Marathon, organized by the Maine Track Club. Now in its 34th year the race has raised more than $3 million for area charities. Established in 1979, the Maine Track Club's 500 members also organize several smaller events in and around Portland, including the Peak's Island Road Race and the Midwinter 10 Miler.
Rockbridge is a private equity firm that invests in hotels. Since 1992, Rockbridge’s team has formed and managed ten institutional private equity funds and executed on more than 325 hotel investments in 45 states in transactions worth more than $5 billion. Through its deep in-house experience and strong foundation of industry relationships, Rockbridge has delivered a track record of attractive risk-adjusted returns across multiple cycles and is well-positioned as a leading investor in hospitality. For additional information about Rockbridge, visit www.rockbridgecapital.com.
Located in the heart of Portland's arts district at 157 High Street, the 289-room and suite Westin Portland Harborview is a completely renovated, 1920s era grand dame within easy walking distance of the city's best dining, shopping and art galleries, as well as the Old Port District. The hotel offers signature Westin amenities including the Heavenly Bed®, delicious SuperFoodsRx® and WestinWORKOUT® studio, all designed with the guest's well-being in mind. Westin Portland Harborview is a Rockbridge portfolio hotel managed by New Castle Hotels and Resorts.