Teams That Run Together, Stay Together

May 20, 2016

As part of EBG’s mission to create a culture that inspires employees to lead healthy lives, team members from all four offices are invited each year to participate in a company-sponsored run.  (Read more about EBG’s health and wellness program.)

In Aventura, home of EBG headquarters, a mighty team of 25 took off with lighting speed and finished strong in the 2016 Mercedes Benz Corporate Run. The 5K, which took place in late April, drew more than 27,000 participants in Miami alone with nearly 900 companies represented.

“The corporate run was the perfect opportunity for me to interact with colleagues I don’t see every day,” said Akilah Dorsey, Product Development Manager.  “It gave me a great sense of pride to watch our team sport the same t-shirts, collaborate and cheer each other on to the finish line. It’s the intense feeling of comradery that I look forward to each year.”

The next stop on the EBG running trail landed in Orlando, where 30 employees participated in the annual IOA Corporate 5K Run/Walk, better known as “Orlando’s largest office party.” From start to finish, the team was excited to be part of the race that exclusively celebrates central Florida’s corporate, business and nonprofit communities. Over 18,000 runners from 700 companies were represented.

“Company-sponsored runs have innumerable benefits,” said Cheryl Roycroft, Senior Vice President of Human Resources. “Races foster a can-do attitude within employees and create organic opportunities for team building. From group training sessions to sharing healthy recipes, it’s wonderful to see employees interacting with one another  on a personal level not only on race day but also in the months leading up to it.”

Across the country in Vegas, EBG team members took a different approach participating in the Las Vegas Free to Breathe 5K Run/Walk, which was the first race event for the nonprofit organization. With several team members having lost a loved one to lung disease, this particular race was meaningful to everyone who participated and helped raise money for a noteworthy cause. EBG was able to make a huge impact on the growing charity by being a proud water stop sponsor of the event and contributing $1,040 toward the fundraising goal.

“I am so proud EBG Vegas chose to support a local nonprofit organization for its annual run, especially since many of our team members have personal connections with the disease,” said Samantha Garrett, Human Resources Generalist. “The company was able to make a big impact on the small organization by being an event sponsor and matching employee donations. It was truly a fantastic experience for all and I look forward to seeing race participation grow next year.”

All in all, the spring running season was an absolute success. Let’s see what EBG New York has in store as team members gear up for the Tunnel to Towers 5K Run/Walk this September, which honors the fallen heroes of the tragic 9/11 attacks.