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My company actually does a pretty good job of encouraging and rewarding wellness. Granted, with a company of this size there are those (like me) who take full advantage of the offerings, but the sheer volume of options means that the needle gets moved for a large population. - On site gyms at most offices with structured classes - Reimbursement for gym memberships, races, etc - Reimbursement for fitness trackers that can we used for higher end Garmin purchases - Free nutrition and wellness consulting - Multi day classes by our Human Performance Institute
For a while, we sponsored the Philly TriRock - employees got free race entry and a kit, along with a huge dedicated tent at the race in exchange for raising $ for a local hospital. At the peak, we had ~800 people participating in the oly and sprint races over 2 days! I ran the training at one of the sites, and was able to run lunch meetings and training rides for new triathletes.
My business unit also sponsors a 2 day, 200 mile bike ride from Limerick to Cork. Same sort of deal - matching kits, motorcycle escorts, very well run groups of differing speed, and entertainment and hotel accommodations for the overnight stay in return for fund raising. I'm always impressed at the people who do the ride w/ flat pedals on steel hybrid bikes. There is another business that does a 3 day sportif in Belgium on some of the classic routes with 100+ employees taking part.
It helps that the CEO is a former Army Ranger who (rumor has it) has put a gym into the corporate jet. When I worked with him in the past, most of our discussions centered around his marathon and triathlon training. Once his knees got bad, he switched to aquabike, and won his AG at TriRock.
I can't say that my role always allows me to train as much as I'd like, but over the years I have been able to strike a decent balance between family, work, and endurance sports. I'm happy to talk more about it 1 on 1.
@Jennifer Post - I'm hoping Summer does not get dropped out of the bike pack again this year. It is painful to watch her race some days (e.g. Toronto this year) when she crushes the swim and run, but goes from the lead pack to the back of the chase pack.
She needs to get w/ the team that got Gwen to the next level on the bike, and spend some time in the saddle with a bunch of roadies. With that in her quiver she would crush the field.