Pride and confidence was the theme at the IOA Corporate 5k held last month as 16,400 runners and walkers surrounded Lake Eola in downtown Orlando to celebrate healthy living with co-workers, friends and family. Central Florida’s premiere night-time corporate run is among the largest in Florida and was one of the first road races to take place following the tragic incident that occurred during Boston marathon on April 15.
Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer’s participation on the City of Orlando ‘Team Orlando” was a visible sign of his confidence that downtown Orlando is a safe place to enjoy our quality of life with the people we live and work with.
Harris Rosen, President and CEO of Rosen Hotels and Resorts received The Tom Scalise Leadership Award. The Leader-ship Award recognizes a local CEO that champion’s workplace wellness. Over 19 nominations were received for this award. A $1000 Track Shack Foundation grant will be awarded to the Tangelo Park Community on Mr. Rosen’s behalf.
“We’re thrilled to see the level of engagement by these CEO’s and senior level executives who are participating side by side with their employees and also how they envision a healthier community by building healthy workplaces,” says Jon Hughes, Race Director and co-owner of Track Shack Events.
The top performing CEOs in the race, out of 258 registered, were Reagan Rick of Fifth Third Bank who won the Male CEO category in time of 20:03 and Melanie Fernandez, of Cross, Fernandez & Riley, LLP who continued her Corporate 5k winning streak as the first place Female CEO with a time of 25:20.
Proceeds benefit the Track Shack Foundation, a 501 organization whose mission is to promote youth health and fitness. Over 8000 food and supply items were donated by IOA Corporate 5k participants to the Christian Service Center. A portion of the proceeds will benefit The One Fund Boston, Inc. to help people most affected by the tragic events that occurred in Boston on April 15, 2013.
Sponsors included: Insurance Office of America, Track Shack, Florida Hospital, New Balance, Michelob Ultra, Campus Crusade for Christ, Mattamy Homes and TD Bank.