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John Krasinski Honours Patriots' Day in Heartening 'Boston is Still Running' Spot

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The Boston Globe and MullenLowe US launched the campaign in seven days

John Krasinski Honours Patriots' Day in Heartening 'Boston is Still Running' Spot

The third Monday in April, its Patriots’ Day, otherwise known as Marathon Monday, a day that’s quintessentially Boston. While there will be no Boston Marathon, The Boston Globe with MullenLowe US has launched a tribute to Boston’s pride and resilience. 

‘Boston Is Still Running’, a campaign created in just seven days, is anchored by a 60 second anthem video narrated by Boston's own John Krasinski. The film highlights areas of the city that are currently empty, with shots of historical landmarks and iconic bronze statues. A 30 second video, ‘Finish Line’ is a stark, birds-eye view of the entire Boston Marathon route with no runners.    

Patriots’ Day is a day to commemorate those who fought in the Revolutionary War at the battles of Lexington and Concord. It’s also come to be known as Marathon Monday. People come out in droves to celebrate the 30,000 runners funnelling through the suburbs and streets of Boston and the Sox playing at Fenway (a home game tradition each year). It also marks a terrible day in our city’s history, the 2013 Boston Marathon Bombing.  

“#BostonStillRunning is truly inspirational, highlighting the resilience, grit, and heart of our community, putting an emphasis on solidarity and support this Patriots’ Day,” Kayvan Salmanpour, chief commercial officer of Boston Globe Media. “Our community will persevere. Our essential workers are still running. Parents are still running. Healthcare workers are still running to save lives, while risking their own. Boston is still running.” 

The campaign kicked off with a series of full-page print ads in the Boston Globe, and includes digital and social, with a purpose - supporting local restaurants by purchasing and delivering nourishing meals to health care workers. A third video is in the works, with a social media call to action #BostonStillRunning for Bostonians to demonstrate how they are still 'running', whether it’s homeschooling kids, helping neighbours, donating, delivering, or more. For each shared video with the hashtag, the Boston Globe will donate a meal to a healthcare worker from a local restaurant. The public can also donate through to support this initiative.   

“The work highlights our collective efforts during this difficult time, staying home is not surrender, but a demonstration of strength. Something Boston knows a thing or two about,” said Kelly Fredrickson, president of MullenLowe Boston and New York. “More importantly, The Boston Globe offers a message of solidarity, hope and a way for everyone to help our Bostonians on the front line who are doing their part.”

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Chief Commercial Officer, Boston Globe Media: Kayvan Salmanpour

Director of New Product - Boston Globe Media: Andrew Grillo

General Manager, Newsroom Initiatives, Boston Globe: Shira Center

Senior Manager, Audience Engagement at Boston Globe Media: Devin Smith 


President, MullenLowe Boston and New York: Kelly Fredrickson

SVP, Group Account Director: Gillian Casey 

SVP, Director of Brand Strategy: Ellie Gogan-Tilstone


Executive Creative Director: Tim Vaccarino, Dave Weist 

VP, Creative Director: Adam Calvert

Senior Art Director: Ian Todd

SVP, Social Strategy Lead, US: Meg Riley

SVP, Creative Lead, Social & Digital: Dustin Johnson

SVP, Director of Integrated Production, US: Lisa Setten

Senior Content Producer: Abbey Daniel-Green

SVP, Director of Editorial, Boston: Jessica Phearsome

SVP, Director of Editorial, LA: Emile Doucette

SVP, Head of Integrated Production: Zeke Bowman

Content Producer: Maurice Loach

Animator: Ryan Dight

SVP, Director of Business Affairs: Kim Burns

Executive Digital Producer: Courtney Coyne 

VP, Director of Digital Creative Production: Steve Haroutunian 

Director of Technology: Dave Lee

Group Leader, Layout: Nick Minieri

Social Content Designer: Nhein Nguyen

Community Manager: Hannah Beardsley, Katie Nisbet

Senior Motion Designer: Jeong Lee

Copy Editing Manager: Ashley Rumery

Senior Copy Editor: Michael Eisenbrey

Copy Editor Associate Manager, NY: Xazmin Garza

SVP, Director of Creative Support Services: Chere Glynn

Director of Print Production: Aidan Finnan

Senior Art Producer: Eden Alexanian

Genres: Dialogue

MullenLowe US, Tue, 21 Apr 2020 10:36:58 GMT