Strong finish for GE in CDPHP Workforce Team Challenge
Last Thursday, I joined more than 300 colleagues from 7 GE businesses across the Capitol Region for the 2011 Workforce Team Challenge. The Workforce Team Challenge is a 3.5 mile run and walk that brings together employees from more than 400 companies and public sector agencies in Albany and the Capitol Region. The race starts in downtown Albany with a tough, hilly ascent up into Washington Park and culminates with a fast decent down Madison Avenue to the finish.
This event is the largest race held between New York City and Utica drawing over 9000 people in 2011. GE’s team comprised of 321 participants from 7 GE sites in the Capitol Region including GE Corporate, Global Research, GE Energy, GE Intelligent Platforms, GE Healthcare and GE Transportation. For the second year in a row, GE was named the largest participant in the race!
The great thing about the run/walk is that it brings together GE employees from all the local sites. I have participated in this race for the past 7 years and I have been organizing GE’s team for the past 3 years with my good friend Judy Guzzo. It has been a great way to network with colleagues in the area and connect with people with similar interests that I might not normally meet and interact with.
GE’s participation in this event has grown tremendously from the traditional 90 runners that participated in the years prior to 2009 to now 321 employees participating in 2011! This is a result of the strong team spirit across the GE businesses and support from GE leadership. In 2009, GE leadership started emphasizing health and wellness to its employees by supporting activities that reduce stress, encouraging exercise promoting healthy eating habits, and offering preventative screenings. The leadership from many of the participating businesses helped pay for great looking team T-shirts and some even subsidized their employees’ entry into the race. As a side note, the Times Union just this week posted an article on their blog section about some of the ways GE leadership supports healthy living.
On Thursday at 6:25pm, the rain held off and a sea of our yellow GE T-shirts enveloped the start. After I finished my 3.5 miles, it was great to turn around and see all the bright yellow GE finishers as they came in. It was easy for us to cheer our colleagues as they ran and walked to the finish.
And what a finish it was! After the runners and walkers have finished up, we determine the 4 person teams for the team competitions in the male, female and coed category. GE takes its running seriously and we have a 22 year tradition of winning at least one category in this race. We stacked our coed team with our best male and female runners and kept the streak alive again in 2011! The co-ed team, made up of Global Research employees Judy Guzzo (who came in 8th overall!) and Peter Katlic won first place . We also had strong finishes in Men’s (4th and 9th) and Women’s (7th) team divisions. Congratulations to all runners, whether you placed on a team or you participated in your first road race. It was a great day for health and a great day for GE.
Coed Team: 1st Place
Judy Guzzo, GE Global Research
Amy Loughbridge, GE Corporate
Dan Jordy, GE Energy
Peter Katlic, GE Global Research
Mens Team A: 4th Place
David Harwood, GE Energy
Aaron Knobloch, GE Global Research
Kevin Creagan, GE Energy
Andy Pris, GE Global Research
Mens Team B: 9th Place
Jeff Ardritz, GE Energy
Paul Bennett, GE Energy
Oswaldo Rodriguez, GE Energy
Ty Remington, GE Energy
Womens Team A: 7th Place
Karen Streeter, GE Healthcare
Jessica Godin, GE Global Research
Jill Gagnon, GE Energy
Jamie Britz, GE Corporate
Check out some of our team photos below or some of the pictures from the entire CDPHP Workforce Team Challenge by visiting the Times Union SEEN Slideshow. There are also many more pictures on our Facebook page!