Companies in Austin Celebrate Corporate Wellness at Spring Fit Company Challenge

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Over 300 participants from 22 companies in Austin trained and participated in the Fit Company Challenge. The challenge allowed companies to use fitness as a team building activity and highlight the positive impact that living healthy has had on them and their companies.

On April 8, 2017 over 300 participants from 22 companies located in the Austin Texas area took part in the Fit Company Challenge, a corporate wellness event hosted by the Fit Company Institute. The challenge provided area companies an opportunity to come together as a team and spend a morning exercising, pushing their physical and mental limits and showing the importance of living a healthy lifestyle. Companies split their team into squads of 3 to 4 people who worked together to complete a variety of fitness stations to challenge their fitness level and earn points for their company. Teams chose what level to go through each course which allowed participants of all fitness levels to push their physical fitness without going too far out of their comfort zone.

In their 1st time participating in the challenge, Volusion, LLC took 1st place overall bringing out over 25 team members to conquer the Fit Company Challenge. From team co-captains Danielle Reeves, and Francesca Hernandez, “The Fit Company Challenge was a rewarding experience for the Volusion team. We partnered with Fit Company to find the perfect trainer who worked with our employees at our office gym; this was a great way to help them prepare. Ultimately, the event facilitated cross-functional teamwork and helped reinforce the importance of exercise for overall well-being. Most importantly - we had FUN! Thank you for inviting us to participate!"

With a strong team effort, Velocity Credit Union took 2nd place overall. Lisa Back, executive vice president/CFO and participant said, “This was our second time to participate and we were so proud to show up 28 strong and place second overall. It was a great team-building experience and falls right in line with the company’s focus on wellness.”

In their 2nd time participating Torchy’s Tacos jumped from 5th place in the medium division in 2016 to 1st place in the medium division in the Spring 2017 Challenge. “We really enjoyed the event this year for a number of reasons,” said team captain Jeremy Smith. “Our company’s participation was larger with many new faces that were eager to challenge themselves. And the Fit Company Challenge staff was great and made sure we had a good time and moved through the event on time and in an efficient manner. Overall we were really happy with the event, and proud that we came in 1st place in our division. We look forward to bringing a larger team next year and maintaining our 1st place status!"

On event date, with the help of over 30 volunteers assisting the contenders from Texas State Department of Health and Human Performance and FIT Austin (, participants challenged their strength, conditioning, power, agility, and ended with a test of endurance to show their companies and colleagues that they practice what they preach. Participants used their involvement to bring out company team members, and family members to cheer them on and promote the importance of having fun and effective corporate wellness programs at their companies. The challenge was sponsored by KIND Bars who kept the participants and spectators fueled throughout the morning.

The challenge was held at the Austin Athletics Office Multipurpose field, located a short drive from downtown Austin.

The following is a list of the top finishers in Austin that participated in the 2017 Spring Fit Company Challenge:

Top Finishers by Division

Large Division
1)    Volusion, LLC
2)    Velocity Credit Union

Medium Division
1)    Torchy's Tacos
2)    Surveying And Mapping, LLC
3)    Alliance Abroad Group
4)    RoadVantage

Small Division
1)    Go Transverse
2)    AZUMA Leasing
3)    Austin Retina
4)    CWS Apartment Homes LLC

Micro Division
1)    Saint Bernard Sports
2)    OnRamp
3)    BigCommerce
4)    BSA LifeStructures

Top Teams By Course

Course 1 – Level 2

1) CWS Apartment Homes LLC - #1014

  •      Ford Meadows
  •      Michelle Hubbard
  •      Danielle Click
  •      Wes Parks

2) Go Transverse - #1060

  •      Allison Dancy
  •      Clare Corriveau
  •      Chris Szeman
  •      Dan Beter

3) Surveying And Mapping, LLC - #1064

  •      Shawn Dunn
  •      Will Herring
  •      Manny Fernandez
  •      Michael Meyer

4) BigCommerce - #1025

  •      Alex Chiapetta
  •      Griffin Leen-Sohl
  •      Christine Ziegler

Course 1 – Level 1

1) Q1Media - #1020

  •      Asim Dhital
  •      Gaines Jonakin
  •      Zac Hornsey
  •      Alyssa Cevallos

2) BSA LifeStructures - #1029

  •      Samantha Crocker
  •      Ashor Chirackal
  •      Coleen Barnett

3) Saint Bernard Sports - #1002

  •      Marcia Kaiser
  •      Odis Moreno
  •      Alex Price

4) Red Velvet Events - #1008

  •      Rachel Paisley
  •      Mindy Boykin
  •      Lauran Jansma-Grimes

Course 2 – Level 2

1) Alliance Abroad Group - #1077

  •      Lucas Dantas
  •      Kenny Thomson
  •      Alison Reiff
  •      Brooke Stokes

2) Volusion, LLC - #1057

  •      Jeremy Benoit
  •      Andy Siemer
  •      Adam Dutton
  •      Cutter Williams

3) RoadVantage - #1048

  •      Tyler Mahan
  •      Anna Rash
  •      Lauren Hawkins

4) AZUMA Leasing - #1032

  •      Harland McKenzie
  •      Akkim Lee
  •      Shea Ligon
  •      Brian Cobb

Course 2 – Level 1

1) Velocity Credit Union - #1042

  •      Nico Ramsey
  •      Rene Tello
  •      Mayra Dominguez

2) Saint Bernard Sports - #1002

  •      Marcia Kaiser
  •      Odis Moreno
  •      Alex Price

3) Q1Media - #1019 (Tie)

  •      Rebecca Palomares
  •      Raul Larios
  •      Kelli Gibson
  •      Kevin Buffington

3) Go Transverse - #1062 (Tie)

  •      Jan Gasyna
  •      Doug Johnson
  •      Nick Harris
  •      Lee Payne

Course 3 – Level 2

1) Volusion, LLC - #1053

  •      Jayson Uptain
  •      Michaela Keating
  •      Craig Wendel
  •      Taira Hernandez

2) BigCommerce - #1025 (Tie)

  •      Alex Chiapetta
  •      Griffin Leen-Sohl
  •      Christine Ziegler

2) OnRamp - #1036 (Tie)

  •      Kirk Wright
  •      Carolina Curby-Lucier
  •      Gene Bosche
  •      Ryan Turner

4) CWS Apartment Homes LLC - #1014 (Tie)

  •      Ford Meadows
  •      Michelle Hubbard
  •      Danielle Click
  •      Wes Parks

4) CWS Apartment Homes LLC - #1015 (Tie)

  •      Emily Lamb
  •      Angela Powell
  •      Jeff Briggs

4) AZUMA Leasing - #1030 (Tie)

  •      Melissa Enochs
  •      Chris Counts
  •      Zee Garcia-Valerio
  •      Ali Saladin

4) Volusion, LLC - #1057 (Tie)

  •      Jeremy Benoit
  •      Andy Siemer
  •      Adam Dutton
  •      Cutter Williams

Course 3 – Level 1

1) Saint Bernard Sports - #1001

  •      Brandon Boring
  •      Kelli Murchison
  •      Patrick Romero

2) Saint Bernard Sports - #1002

  •      Marcia Kaiser
  •      Odis Moreno
  •      Alex Price

3) Q1Media - #1019 (Tie)

  •      Rebecca Palomares
  •      Raul Larios
  •      Kelli Gibson
  •      Kevin Buffington

3) Go Transverse - #1061 (Tie)

  •      Michael Beamer
  •      Paul Tindall
  •      Joe Goldschmidt
  •      Ross Binkley

3) Velocity Credit Union - #1044 (Tie)

  •      Joe Lee Washburn
  •      Cristy Rodriguez
  •      Dale Warnken

About the Fit Company Institute, LLC:

The Fit Company Institute is based in Austin, Texas and is dedicated to help companies thrive through fitness. The Fit Company Challenge helps companies be their best by creating the most productive, focused, energetic, happiest, and cohesive teams possible.

Find more at and upcoming events in Asheville, Atlanta, Philadelphia, Washington DC, Boston, and Nashville.

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