PODS® Houston donates logistical support to pave the way for Chevron Houston Marathon

Moving and storage company goes extra mile for marathon, helps with logistical needs to benefit charities
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Jan. 4, 2013 - PRLog -- (HOUSTON) – PODS® Houston (http://www.pods.com/houston.aspx) will put its best foot forward this January and partake in one of Houston’s most exhilarating sporting events of the year, the Houston Chevron Marathon on Sunday, Jan. 13. The moving (http://www.pods.com/houston_moving.aspx) and storage (http://www.pods.com/houston_storage.aspx) company, who makes giving back to the community a core value of its business philosophy, was motivated to lend a hand with a donation of more than 20 signature storage containers. (http://www.pods.com/Storage/Benefits-of-Storage-Containers.aspx) Containers will serve as volunteer hubs, watering stations, and supply depots at the colossal community event that will benefit more than 60 local nonprofits.

For the 2013 marathon, PODS Houston will play an instrumental role ensuring the marathon goes without a hitch as it will help the event run more smoothly and efficiently for hundreds of competitive runners. A regular sponsor of the race, PODS Houston has devised a logistical plan that will line the race routes with PODS® containers to serve as command posts with refreshment and volunteer stations, as well as store medical equipment and other resources necessary for the races, saving the event more than $10,000 in storage, delivery and labor costs.

“This is our second year partnering with the Chevron Houston Marathon by providing our storage and logistical expertise at no charge.  The marathon contributes so much to our community through the money they raise for local charities and we are proud to do our part to make sure that as many people are helped as possible,” said Phil Dvorak, managing partner of PODS Houston. “Our secure storage containers are ideal for this type of job as they eliminate the need to load and unload trucks and trailers multiple times.  They also provided security and protection from the weather for the volunteers and equipment while the races are underway.”  

Now in its 41st year, the Chevron Houston Marathon annually draws in more than 250,000 participants, volunteers and spectators nationwide.

“PODS Houston’s support made a significant impact on our employees, runners and volunteers by helping us maneuver equipment with ease last year,” said Larry Stryk, member of the Houston Chevron Marathon committee. “We’re excited to have them back on our team for the 2013 marathon to assist with all of our logistical needs.”

About PODS Houston

PODS Houston is one of the largest independently-owned franchises of PODS Enterprises in the country and is the leading provider of moving and storage services to residents and businesses throughout the greater Houston area. PODS Houston is locally owned and operated and began serving Houston-area residents in 2003.

Each year, PODS Houston donates moving and storage solutions for over 20 Houston-area charities in support of their contributions to the community. The Salvation Army, Houston Arts Alliance, the YMCA and Toys for Tots are among the many organizations PODS Houston partners with annually.

Founded in 1998, the PODS network currently provides moving and storage services to more than 250 million consumers in 48 U.S. states, Canada, Australia and the United Kingdom through its company-owned and independent franchise network. To date, the PODS network has completed more than 400,000 long-distance relocations (http://www.pods.com/Long-Distance-Moving.aspx), exceeded 2 million deliveries and has more than 145,000 PODS® containers in service.

PODS® secure containers are made in the U.S.A. and are constructed of a steel frame and specially designed marine-grade aluminum skin panels.  The roofs are a translucent durable polymer material that allows ambient light to pass through – illuminating the inside for easy loading.  Our weather-resistant containers also have a lockable steel roll-up door and have been tested to withstand winds of 110-mph when partially loaded.

About Chevron Houston Marathon

Established in 1972, the Houston Marathon Committee, Inc. (HMC), a Running USA Founding Member, annually organizes the nation's premier winter marathon, half-marathon, and 5K. Over 250,000 participants, volunteers and spectators make Chevron Houston Marathon Race Day the largest singleday sporting event in Houston. Race Weekend generates over $50 million in economic impact for the region annually. In 2012, the Run For a Reason Charity Program raised a record $2.3 million and the

HMC garnered Silver Certification from the Council of Responsible Sport for industry-leading sustainability initiatives. Host to 12 U.S. Half Marathon Championships since 2005 and the 1992 women's Olympic Trials Marathon, HMC conducted the nationally-televised 2012 U.S. Olympic Trials Marathon, which featured men and women competing on the same course simultaneously for the first time, vying for the

chance to represent Team U.S.A. at the 2012 Olympic Games.

For more information, visit www.chevronhoustonmarathon.com or call 713.957.3453.
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