Rainier Fruit Company

Rainier Fruit employees participate in the 24th annual Gap2Gap relay

August 08, 2008

(Selah, WA) - Twenty employees from Rainier Fruit Company created four teams to participate in the Gap2Gap relay along the scenic Yakima River near Yakima, WA, May 31st. Two teams participated in The Gap2Gap relay, a multi-sport race comprised of five legs; a two-mile field run, mountain bike, kayak/canoe, 20-mile road bike, and 10K run. The other two teams participated in the Sport Gap2Gap featuring an in-line skate leg in place of the water leg, shorter mountain bike leg, and a 5K run. Rainier’s all-women team placed first in the over 30 division, quite an accomplishment for first-time participation.

Rainier Fruit was recognized for their outstanding first year sponsorship of the event supporting the Yakima Greenway Foundation. Rainier also contributed to the development of a new pathway around Reflection Pond in the Yakima Greenway, which will bear the company name when completed.

Throughout the past two years, Rainier has made a sincere effort to encourage employees to become more physically active by sponsoring them in various team-building sporting events. The Gap2Gap teams included members from the horticultural, packing, shipping, sales, marketing, HR and General Office. The majority of the athletes had never competed or trained for an event such as this. Team participants, volunteers and supporters all came away with a tremendous sense of individual accomplishment, new found friendships and pride for the company.

Rainier Fruit Company employees build comradery and get fit at this year’s 24th annual Gap2Gap relay.


Back left to right:  Elizabeth Barajas, Arturo Compos, Taylor Pryse, Dana Calhoun, Gretchen Tipton, Richard Martinez, Lee Stiekema, Alison Rennie, Randy Abhold, Gary Hudson, Paul Stiekema

Front left to right:  Maria Pena, Suzanne Wolter, Rob Lynch, Gabino Hernandez, Luis Pimentel, Scott Blackledge, Greg Paganelli

Not shown:  Melissa Henyan, Salvador Garcia Butista

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