August 2014 Run for Life
My office participated in its first health and wellness initiative culminating at the 20th annual Run for Life. With a tough crowd to please, convincing non running people to sign up for a 5k was no easy task. First and foremost, it had to be free to participate. We invited owner, Mike Zimmerman of Capital Run Walk to the office to talk to the participants, most of whom would be running their first 5K. He expressed the importance of health, fitness and proper shoes, socks and hydration.
We offered lunchtime walks and after work walk/runs once a week. Beginning a walk/run program in the dead of North Carolina summer is not ideal but it is do-able. The training plan had some early energy, waned in the middle and picked up speed towards the August 23rd goal.
While it is difficult to measure the ROI of corporate fitness initiatives, I feel that for the premier, it was an athletic and social success. We had several people on the podium for age group awards.
5K 8:25,26:10; AG 1st