Forget trust falls and scavenger hunts, those old corporate standbys for team building – when FairWinds Partners decides to engage in a team building activity, it’s go big or go home. Or, more accurately, go run an “overnight running relay race that makes testing your limits a team sport” with 11 of your coworkers or go home.
Yes, FairWinds is running the Ragnar Race from Cumberland, MD to Washington, D.C. this week, October 4-5, and the office is full of gear and something called “puppy chow” (cereal coated with melted chocolate, presumably to maintain the energy of those in training but awfully tempting for those with zero plans to run anywhere anytime soon, too).
As Team Lead Jennifer Schoelwer explained, “Our team members range from long-time veteran runners to rookies who took up running just a few months ago. We run together about 2-4 times a month, depending on the weather and everyone’s schedules. Throughout the summer, many of us have been able to track each other’s progress, as well as what routes were running, through apps like MapMyRun.”
It’s not surprising that the employees of this domain name consulting company rely heavily on apps and online communication to supplement their physical training. “Whenever a team member finds an interesting article regarding training,” observed Phil Lodico, FairWinds Managing Partner and the mastermind behind FairWinds’ participation in Ragnar, “He or she shares it with the group. This in turn has sparked conversation, as well as general fitness discussion. It’s this kind of complete engagement with the race that has strengthened our FairWinds relationships, in and out of the office.”
Over the course of the summer, the team has competed in local road races, ranging in distance from 5ks to half-marathons. Each of these competitions has helped the FairWinds team increase mileage and speed.
“Ms. Oprah Winfrey put it exceptionally well when she said, ‘Running is the greatest metaphor for life, because you get out of it what you put into it,’” said Schoelwer, smiling. “I think Team FairWinds has found that to be true, and it’s an attitude that has multiple applications to our professional and personal lives. We all came to Ragnar with different backgrounds and different fitness levels, but come October 4th, we’ll all be working towards finishing the same 198-mile race course.”