Microsoft Employees “On The Move” – Celebrating our 8th Year Running the Nashville St. Jude Marathon Together!


Saturday, April 27, 2019 was probably the most perfect morning for a run that Nashville has seen over the past 8 years since the Microsoft Nashville team began participating in the St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital’s Annual Marathon/Half Marathon/5k event. While just a bit over half of our overall team was able to make it to the Shelby Street Pedestrian Bridge for our team photo due to huge crowds in Nashville for the NFL Draft – it was an outstanding morning for all participants.

Our team of Microsoft Employees and families joined over 30,000 other runners taking part in the event. This was the culmination of 16+ weeks of training to take on the very hilly courses in Nashville. This was by far the best weather day for this event that we have ever had.

Our group included participants in every event offered (Full Marathon/Half Marathon/5k). This year, we had two couples that ran the half marathon together (crossing the finish line together)-Haylee and Hunter as well as Emily and Mike. Running a half marathon by yourself is difficult, running a half marathon with your significant other is very challenging-Congratulations to both of these couples!

We have learned many lessons each year throughout this journey- especially the importance of bringing together employees and their families to work towards a common goal outside of work.  We have seen the excitement in the children’s eyes and the smiles on the spouses faces as a result of them knowing that they are a part of our team and have now been included in a “new challenge” bringing the family together. This is so important, especially in this new social world as families are challenged to stay connected as technology and social  become more and more integrated into our daily lives.

We have also found that team building can truly bring huge benefits not only to an individual and their family but also to an organization:

  • Camaraderie can only have a positive influence.
  • Including family members and friends within your team will help to drive stronger work/life balance and also build a strong support system within your community.
  • A team working towards a common goal, outside of the work place, will find it easier to work towards a common goal within the workplace.
  •  A team becomes a team not when they are challenged, but when they are challenged together.
  • A healthy individual is a happier individual, they are better able to do their job. A healthy team is a happier team, they are better equipped for the challenges presented.
  • The principles of a marathon, mirror the principles of a workplace. Focus, planning, determination, training, growth and challenge, are essential to both.
  • That we are not afraid to fall, but have the ability to help each other get back up!

The Race: Nashville marathon speaks for itself with some of the most challenging hills presented throughout the course! It was a beautiful morning with temperatures at starting time in the 60’s – perfect running weather.  As always,  this race always proves to be like “one big block party” with bands uniformly spread out throughout the course, strong spectator support along the route and neighborhood block parties offering  great carb loading treats!

The course took us through the best parts of Nashville (Broadway, Music Row, First Tennessee Field, etc.).

Expo: The expo was superb this year with lots of vendors and LOTS of Free Goodies!

Congratulations to all the runners in accomplishing your goals during this weekend.  Most importantly, thanks for engaging your families and coming out to support St. Jude’s Research Hospital!

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Microsoft Team “Rocks It”!- Closing FY18 Strong Together- St. Jude Nashville Marathon

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It was another fine and beautiful morning, Saturday, April 28, 2018, in Nashville as our group of Microsoft runners and their families gathered for the seventh year in a row on the Shelby Street Pedestrian Bridge  on our way to the start line, joining the 30,000 other runners taking part in the event.  This was the culmination of 16+ weeks of training to take on the very hilly courses in Nashville.  Training this year was particularly difficult in that the weather was pretty tough.    In fact, this was probably the toughest year for training of the past 7 years – but also the best weather day for this event ever .  The pictures attached  are just a portion of our team as not everyone made it to the pedestrian bridge prior to the race for our group picture.  Our total number was over 40 participants.

Our group included participants in every event offered (Full Marathon/Half Marathon/5k).   We had Microsoft Employees coming in from all around the US including Redmond WA, Dallas TX, and St. Louis MO.  This was truly a One Microsoft accomplishment including employees from Southeast EOU, the US National Healthcare Organization, One Commercial Partner,  Public Sector (Education, Federal, and SLG), Microsoft Services (Premier and MCS), and the Dynamics Team.

By training over the past 16 weeks – each member of the Microsoft team was Certified “Q4 Fit and Ready” for the challenges  to close out FY18 Strong.  They have built stamina and have displayed the grit necessary to be successful.

The day started out beautiful with the temperature at around 50 degrees increasing to about 70 degrees upon finishing time.  The course seemed to change a bit from the previous year, although the hills were still very prominent throughout the course providing the challenges that we love and always expect in the Nashville marathon!  Definitely a great leg workout!

As always, the course provided us with a tour of the sights of the city starting on Broadway and providing a glimpse of Bridgestone Arena, Music Row, Belmont University and Mansion, Vanderbilt University, Tennessee State Capitol and Bicentennial Capitol Mall amongst many other sights. Spectators were up early and excited about supporting us throughout the day.  We truly enjoyed hearing the cheers from the spectators “Go Microsoft” as we would run by and at the finish line.  We took advantage of ALL the offerings we received along the way such as the shots of beer (no better way to keep those carbs going), oranges and bananas!

Race Support:  Great race support as always this year.  Water was available at every mile with Gatorade available at every other mile.   Parking was abundant and free and the race is set up in a way that you can walk to the start line – no shuttles needed!

Best part of all of this is that we as a team engaged our family and friends to drive towards a common goal (outside of work) that ultimately supported  an outstanding  cause – St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital .

We thank all those that participated with us this year and we are looking forward to another great run TWO-GETHER in 2019!