Parkson and MIOX Employees Run a 200 Mile Relay Race

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Running from Miami to Key West, the "Water Boys" had a unique opportunity to strengthen bonds that go beyond the office.

Parkson and MIOX employees ran from Miami to Key West

"There was a sense of personal accomplishment. But more significant was the team building. The excitement of supporting and rooting on teammates was infectious. Everyone developed strong personal bonds in a very short time."

More than a race, it was an unforgettable experience. This is the feeling shared by Parkson and MIOX employees that participated on the last Ragnar Relay Florida Keys race that took place between January 6-7, 2012.

The companies joined together to create one team – the “Water Boys” – for the 200 mile adventure race. Starting in Miami and finishing in Key West, the relay offered a unique opportunity to run near the ocean side, and across the southern end of the state of Florida. Along the way, they ran across multiple bridges including the Seven Mile Bridge hopping from key to key, passing through Key Largo, Islamorada, Marathon Key and Big Pine Key with the race wrapping up in Key West.

“Everything went just perfect!” celebrated team’s captain Chris Burt, Parkson’s Aftermarket Operations Leader. “We had a blast. The weather was great, everyone was excited. This is something we will never forget.”

Besides the 12 runners, who ran distances between 10 and 20 miles in three separate legs over two days, the team also counted on four drivers and safety officers, 90 bottles of water, 79 bottles of energy drinks, 30 feet of healthy sandwiches, 25 protein bars, 24 bagels and 15 bottles of chocolate milk to survive the journey.

“I have to admit that I was anxious at first” says Parkson CEO, Zain Mahmood. “However, there was such positive energy in the air. It was simply amazing! It is something I definitely recommend to anybody. Given the opportunity, I would love to run again next year!”

"It succeeded on two levels" added MIOX CEO, Carlos Perea. "There was a sense of personal accomplishment. But more significant was the team building. The excitement of supporting and rooting on teammates was infectious. Everyone developed strong personal bonds in a very short time."

Besides the race itself – that received more than 500 teams, 6,000 runners and 1,000 vehicles –Parkson and MIOX employees also collected and donated 200 pairs of shoes to Soles4Souls, a Nashville-based charity that collects and distributes shoes to people in need, in over 127 countries, including Kenya, Thailand, Nepal and the United States.

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