Many runners will tell you the reason they love running is because they can do it solo and find motivation from within. However, running can become an exciting team sport when you participate as part of a group! Just ask Team Where’s Marco after they tackled the 2018 FedEx Ground Pittsburgh Marathon Relay.
Team members — and fellow FedEx Ground employees — Bob Pudlo, Kevin White, Marco Aletto, Ben Dabat and Thomas Kramer thought being on a relay team would be a great way to participate in the DICK’S Sporting Goods Pittsburgh Marathon weekend festivities. Plus, it’s a great option if you are a new runner since there are different distances that work well for both novice and experienced runners. They also found there is a friendly, competitive aspect to being on a team; you want to compete not only within your team but also with the other teams that are running.
Team Where's Marco shares their race journey below.
The Training Season
The training was actually tougher than the race! Getting yourself to continue to increase your mileage each and every week was a battle. Being a part of a relay team definitely helped with motivation though, because you did not want to let your teammates down on race day.
A few of our team members trained for the race by running on the treadmill at the onsite gym at the FedEx Ground offices, which is very convenient and enabled us to train together at times.
Corporate Challenge Perspective
Because we worked and trained together, we realized being part of a team of colleagues really helps promote health and wellness in the workplace. Everyone is running for different reasons — whether it is for health or for a fun challenge.
Regardless of the reason, running the relay with colleagues enabled us to work together to achieve our mutual goal of crossing the finish line. It also empowered each of us to help build a healthy workplace.
Running the FedEx Ground Pittsburgh Marathon Relay
We had some new members on our relay team this year, so we were not sure how we would do. We ended up with a few pleasant surprises on race day.
Marco was taping up his leg waiting for Kevin to approach, thinking he had at least another ten or fifteen minutes. Then, all of a sudden, he saw Kevin barreling up the hill in a full sprint. Marco quickly finished taping and flagged Kevin down just in time to take off! Marco was so shocked to see how ahead the team was, that it gave him a boost of energy knowing he had to keep up the accelerated pace.
These two beat their own expectations and helped to set a record for the team. We were ecstatic to finish with a time of 3:21:05 and come in 17th out of 970 teams!
Overall, being on a relay team is a fun experience because you get to run with family, friends, and colleagues! And the experience on race day is exhilarating. Everyone is anxious to start and excited to set a new team and/or personal record.
One of the most motivating parts is seeing your teammate approach your starting point, because you know it is now your opportunity to carry the team. When the race is over, you are exhausted but have a great sense of accomplishment for making it though together.
One of the best parts of race day is getting together at the end to refuel and celebrate as a team!
Advice for First-Time Relay Teams
Have fun, enjoy the day and be proud of your accomplishment! Since you train for so long, it is easy for race-day jitters to get the best of you. Just remember you are running with family, friends, or colleagues and have thousands of people cheering you on.