Reaching the goal together

Five Schirm teams at the Magdeburg company relay races

More than 5,000 runners took part in the 11th company relay races in the Elbauenpark in Magdeburg on 27 June. They included five teams, each with five colleagues, from two Schirm business locations.

Three teams came from the company’s headquarters in Schönebeck and one team even made the long journey to the state capital of Saxony-Anhalt from Baar-Ebenhausen in Upper Bavaria. The fifth team consisted of company managers. They included the site managers from Baar-Ebenhausen and Schönebeck as well as the personnel manager.

The Magdeburg company relay races were very popular again in 2019. More than 10,000 visitors came to watch the largest company run in Saxony-Anhalt in beautiful weather and cheer on the 1,000 teams from 500 companies and institutions. The starting places for this year’s company relay races were fully booked more quickly than ever. The popular running event has now been held in Magdeburg for eleven years. The five-person teams each cover a route with 5 sections, each 3 kilometres long, in the women’s, men’s or mixed relay categories. In line with the motto of “Running, Motivating and Networking”, the day’s event clearly focuses on enjoying some physical exercise and operating as a team. A colourful supporting programme with an after-run party and live music create the perfect atmosphere for joint activities away from the workplace and chatting to each other.

The participants from Schirm GmbH were supported by their families and colleagues in the attractively decorated company tent. First and foremost, the races naturally provided something that employees from the different business locations could enjoy doing together. However, the teams still achieved some good results in the midfield of the races – the mixed relay team in position 222 out of 527 and the men in position 204 out of 395. All those involved agreed that they would like to participate in this and other sports events again. The company is aiming to organise other joint activities on the arrival day before the run in future to develop an even better team feeling and enable a lively exchange of experiences.