This summer it’s all about being active! On June 7, a team of 18 KBS employees took part in the Connects Federal Credit Union Corporate 4-Miler in Innsbrook. Our team included: Martin Apicella, Chris Bryant, Will Paulette, Jon Reid, Megan Garland, Melanie McCollum, Amanda Apicella, Jim Droski, John Gillenwater, Peyton Cox, Frank Guertler, Elizabeth Kamstra, Greg Schwartz, Matt Kamstra, Brian Bargo, April Shumate, Jim Benn, and Jason McBride (pictured). Dubbed “Richmond’s Biggest Office Party,” the Corporate 4-Miler has grown in size from 675 runners in 2010 to over 3,000 in 2012!
While offering a fun time to bond with coworkers and exercise, the Corporate 4-Miler also helped charity. The event raised money for Greater Richmond’s Fit4Kids, a non-profit that works to improve kids’ health and reduce childhood obesity by increasing physical activity and promoting healthy eating. The organization’s first program at Evergreen Elementary had local experts help children build and plant a garden and make a nutritious snack. Alongside these hands-on activities, Fit4Kids is also starting its Recess Coaches program to encourage all children to play and be active at recess.
Warm breeze and clear skies greeted team members as they joined together for office bonding after the race, which finished on Dominion’s campus. The “afterparty” featured a live band, free food and drinks, and a “Dunk Your Boss” tank. Awards were also given out after the race for the fastest male and female, fastest overall business, and fastest male and female CEO’s. We were very proud that all KBS employees finished the race in under an hour! Team leader Will Paulette (pictured), was the fastest runner on the team, finishing the four miles with a time of 26:12.
Paulette said that the Corporate 4-Miler “was a great wellness, social, and marketing opportunity for KBS,” as it not only allowed employees to bond with each other, but also mingle with people from other companies. He added that “all participants thoroughly enjoyed the event,” which is apparent from the big smiles at the afterparty, including those of Brian Bargo, Chris Bryant, and Melanie McCollum (pictured). He also said that he wants to “encourage everyone to attend next year.”
Employee participation in the race coincides nicely with new wellness-inspired programs implemented by KBS that include hiring a nutritionist and weekly lunchtime walks. These will encourage employees to adopt active and healthy lifestyles, which is good for their health and for that of the company. These programs will decrease stress and help foster a pleasant work environment. As race director Lisa Randolph stated, “Businesses are playing an integral role in Richmond’s Active RVA movement. Encouraging a healthy workplace and providing fun and engaging opportunities for employees to get active together is a trend that will lead to lower healthcare costs, less sick days, increased productivity, and positive morale in the office.” Congratulations to all the employees who came out and represented KBS at the race! We hope to see you there next year!