Dallas Companies and Business Leaders Prove they Value Corporate Wellness by Sweating through the Fit Company Challenge

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Local executives, entrepreneurs, lawyers, doctors, and company teams conquered a 3-course fitness challenge hosted by the Fit Company Institute to highlight the positive impact that living fit has had on them, and to compete to see who is the fittest in the city.

GDT Team Picture

“Being able to participate in the Fit Company Challenge was a great opportunity to show how much we value fitness and well-being at GDT.” - Dan Engelhardt, GDT Team Captain

On May 4th, 2014 a group of business leaders and company teams in the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex took part in the Fit Company Challenge, a corporate fitness event hosted by the Fit Company Institute providing area companies and business leaders an opportunity to show the importance of living a fit and healthy lifestyle. Participants ranged in ages from professionals in their early 20’s to executives in their late 50’s and competed in categories for Fittest Executive, Entrepreneur, Doctor, Lawyer, and the coveted Fittest Company award.

“The Fit [Company] Challenge was a great experience in that it truly challenged me and reminded me that we need to cross train for optimal health and fitness,” said Carrie Camin, Assistant Vice President of Wellness at Methodist Health System and the Fittest Executive Top Finisher. “I am not only reinvigorating my own workouts, but sharing the message through our wellness program at Methodist Health System.”

Participants were selected through an invite-only process with certain criteria met for each leader and company to qualify to participate. In Dallas’s inaugural event, over 60 companies were represented at the challenge including company teams that competed for the title of Fittest Company in Dallas with General Datatech (GDT) finishing in first place. “Being able to participate in the Fit Company Challenge was a great opportunity to show how much we value fitness and well-being at GDT,” said Dan Engelhardt, GDT Team Captain and top finisher in the Fittest Professional category. “It was a great experience and everyone had a lot of fun. Count on us coming back next year to defend our 1st Place finish!”

With the help of over 30 volunteers assisting the contenders, participants sweated their way through three fitness courses challenging their strength, conditioning, power, agility, and ending with a test of endurance in order to show their 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 even run with them during their 5k which was the last course in the challenge.

The challenge was held at Flag Pole Hill Park in the White Rock Lake area, and a portion of the proceeds benefitted the Dallas Back on my feet chapter. Sponsors that were a huge reason for the success of the Dallas Fit Company Challenge included Sweat Dallas, New Wave Fitness, Park Cities XC Youth Running Club, Hyperwear and Ranch Road Creative Solutions.

The following is a list of the top finishers in Dallas that participated in the 2014 Fit Company Challenge:

Fit Company Fittest Awards

Fittest Company:

1. General Datatech (GDT)
2. BKM Sowan Horan, LLP
3. Cash America International, Inc.
4. Texas 811

Fittest Executive – Female:

1. Carrie Camin, Methodist Health System
2. Lacey Zumberge, The Financial Process Group
3. Cara Hawkins, Ameripro Funding, Inc.
4. Shannon Puphal, Wise Regional Health System

Fittest Executive – Male:

1. Jon Meyers, MBL Law
2. Billy Self, Texas Novachem Corporation
3. Patrick Elverum, Century Interactive
4. Tad McIntosh, HumCap

Fittest Entrepreneur – Female:

1. Liesel Streich, Limitless Endurance
2. Lisa Head, Life By Design Travel
3. Stephanie Alsbrooks, Defi Solutions

Fittest Entrepreneur – Male:

1. Russell Birk, Sagebrook Restaurant Management
2. Ross Paterson, XM Performance
3. Mike Barber, BKM Sowan Horan, LLP
4. Carlo Capua, Z’s Cafe

Fittest Doctor – Female:

1. Belinda Southall, Southall Chiropractic & Acupuncture Clinic
2. Courtney Gowin, Free to Be Chiropractic
3. Jordan Hart, Athletic Edge Chiropractic

Fittest Doctor – Male:

1. David Stager Jr., Pediatric Ophthalmology and Adult Strabismus
2. Logan Sherman, Reagan Chirosport Center
3. Newell Estess, Community Chiropractic
4. Jeff Nguyen, Henderson Family Dental

Fittest Lawyer – Female:

1. Heather Frayre, Berry, Appleman & Leiden, LLP
2. Felicia Finston, Wilkins Finston Law Group, LLP
3. Danielle Senn, Ford Nassen & Baldwin P.C.

Fittest Professional – Female:

1. Brittainy Vice, GDT
2. Shannon Lamberson, Cash America
3. Jessica Webb, GDT
4. Jessica Honey, BKM Sowan Horan, LLP

Fittest Professional – Male:

1. Dan Engelhardt, GDT
2. Jon Ackerman, BKM Sowan Horan, LLP
3. Clint Watkins, GDT
4. Ken Dice, Cash America

Fittest Over 50 - Female:

1. Felicia Finston, Wilkins Finston Law Group, LLP

Fittest Over 50 – Male:

1. Ken Dice, Cash America
2. Jeff Lynch, McKinneyDentist.com
3. Dave Patzwalk, RealFIT

Most Influential Award – Given to the contenders that received the most social media likes on their profile pages

    Female - Liesel Streich, Limitless Endurance
    Male - Logan Sherman, Reagan Chirosport Center

Most Inspirational Award – Selected by the Fit Company event team based on the contender’s performance during the challenge and their online profile page

    Female – Catherine Cuellar, Dallas Arts District
    Male – Ken Adams, Skilled Rehab Specialists, LLC

About the Fit Company Institute, LLC:

The Fit Company Institute is based in Austin, Texas and is dedicated to inspiring America’s workforce to live fit and healthy through new, innovative, and exciting fitness events for companies and business leaders. The Fit Company events challenge participants to be their fittest, recognize leaders and companies that make fitness a priority, and support America’s workforce of tomorrow by giving a portion of every dollar earned to programs that instill healthy principles in our communities.

Find more at http://www.fitcompany.com and upcoming events in Austin, San Antonio, and Houston.

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